Guided meditation: the journey

I have meditated in the past, on and off, mostly by doing focused breathing. When I began doing yoga along with my fitness routine (and mastering the side plank) I became more focused in my meditations. I began to understand the link between focused breathing and my body in ways I didn’t before.

This was all very interesting in an academic sort of way, but I wanted to understand more. I started reading books on the subconscious mind, neurology and quantum physics and discovered all sorts of interesting tidbits of information which resonated with me in a cognitive, substantial way.

A few days ago I signed up for a free workshop online which included a session of guided meditations.

But first, a note about guided vs non-guided meditations.

All the tarot readers I listen to on youtube do meditations regularly. These people are highly intuitive and use the tarot and oracle cards as tools to tap deep into their intuition and retrieve messages for themselves and the collective. But first, they meditate, and some of them ask spirit or the universe (or the quantum field) questions, such as “what does the Libra collective need to know for the upcoming week”. It’s all fun and entertaining until you happen to listen to a message that not only resonates, but hits you deep in your core.

This happened to me a few times which is why I began to read my own tarot cards. πŸ˜‰β™Žβš–οΈ

And then I made this little clip for things to come:

One tarot lady I follow talked extensively about meditations in one of her Libra readings and remarked how guided meditations did not do anything for her at all. She even said the only way she can mediate is if she puts a blindfold on her eyes because if she opened her eyes even for a second, the meditation would break in that interruption.

This resonated with me as well because I find myself incredibly distracted when I mediate, at least initially, within the first few minutes. I suddenly seem to think of seventeen things I need to do immediately… πŸ™„

Meditation is a mindset.

Before you begin a serious meditation, you need to prepare a little. If you skip this step, you will not succeed in relaxing your mind and body as intended. This was my experience as a beginner many months ago, so I never skip this step now. I prepare and tap into the mindset.

How to prepare for meditation (guided or otherwise)

  • First off, you need to shut out animals. Tucker doesn’t live with me but spent a lot of time with me recently, so having him here scratching at the closed door was not conducive to meditation. Also children, too (need I say more?). And cats… (trust me.) πŸ˜›
  • I like the window slightly open for fresh air but it depends on what noises are out there. Birdsong is acceptable, a roof shingles staple gun not so much. Nor a chainsaw or lawnmower…
  • Go to the bathroom so you don’t feel bodily functions interrupt your meditation.
  • Take a sip of water (but not a lot or you’ll have to pee in 10 minutes)
  • Put some lip balm on now.
  • Tie your hair back if you have long hair that could fall in your face and bother you.
  • Add a blindfold if you think you need one.
  • Use headsets if you think that will help block noises out; I do, it helps me to stay focused.

Comfort and distractions

The way you’re dressed and the sounds you listen to are important parts of meditation in my experience.

I try hard to stay focused on my breath and at times prefer absolute silence (instead of music). Absolute silence is neither practical nor possible most of the time, so a white noise in the background might help. With guided meditations, background music is supplied by the person speaking (guiding) you along.

If you feel discomfort at any point and consider this an interruption of your meditation, don’t fret. It happens (all the time). Learning to focus and tune out all the distractions is a skill you can master with practice. For instance, I sometimes felt my eyelids flicker, or suddenly became aware of a wedgie when my panties slid around and out of place. 😳 Or, the breeze entering the window disrupts my hair and tickles my face.

Some of these distractions almost made me give up meditation all together. It was my Asana Rebel fitness app that helped me stay focused on my breathing while stretching into certain yoga poses, so I persevered (like I did with the side plank – I was completely unable to do any planks, much less a side one, when I first started but perseverance and determination resulted in a the desired plank.)

Guided or solo meditations

There are many types of mediation to choose from on YouTube. I loaded some and had mixed success with most of them. I simply couldn’t complete any of them, no matter how short (12 minutes or so).

But I didn’t give up. I asked a friend what he’s using and he pointed me to Tibetan music. I searched and found one I liked, and use it when I don’t want (guided) words, just sounds. This is a free one called Tibetan Healing Sounds: Cleans the Aura and Space.

Another video I tried had a wonderful moving screen with mesmerizing images. The background music was very calming and I thought, okay, this is another one that will work. So I got ready, closed my eyes, and began to breathe to the rhythm of the sounds feeding into my ears via a headset.

I was doing fine. Right up until the voice started speaking.

OMG such an irritating voice… lol

I had to turn it off.

I can’t explain it. I can’t even remember if it was a male or a female voice, I just remember the voice was anything but soothing. πŸ˜€

Quitting before re-starting

If you find yourself unable to follow along a guided meditation, don’t worry about it. Sometimes meditation can be a simple walk in a park or along shores of a lake or ocean at a time of day when there isn’t much noise or activity. Gardening or drawing and painting can be meditative as well, or simply lying down on your bed and listening to music while breathing deeply.

Meditation and the subconscious mind

I realized I needed more focus and more help with meditation. I wanted to master accessing my subconscious mind so that I could rewire and make ‘new memories’ to override ‘undesirable memories’. I wanted to let go of the past and live in the present all the time, not just some of the time.

Does this make sense?

Staying in the present means you have to break many habits that the subconscious mind keeps directing you toward. Remember my post about the lemon slices?

You don’t need a slice of lemon in your mouth to know what it’s going to taste like.

The subconscious mind will make you feel the taste of the lemon without you having to suck on a slice.

The same thing happens with memories. Think back to a relationship you didn’t want to end, but it ended anyway. Each time you saw something that triggered you into wanting that person, that feeling back, you felt an emotion (good or bad). That’s the subconscious mind telling you what that trigger should feel like.

The subconscious doesn’t create the feeling or emotion you associate with the trigger. Instead, it acts like an algorithm and seeks out all associations and memories which you stored in your brain. The subconscious brings this memory with all its messy emotions forward and tells you “this is how you felt the last time x happened, so here you go, feel it again”.Β Β Β Β 

You have the power to refuse what your subconscious is dictating to you.

When you’re awake (conscious) you should be able to override the undesirable, hurtful memories and associated feelings. But the subconscious is strong and stubborn and keeps wanting you to accept what it sends your way.

Meditations will help you to access that subconscious storage system. You can learn to replace the thoughts and emotions you associate with a specific trigger while in meditation. (I will explain this further when I finish my post about Pavlov’s dogs.)

For now, remember this:

The body doesn’t know the difference between what is real and what is a thought. This is why you can taste lemon without lemon.

Free workshop with guided meditation

The invitation for a free guided meditation workshop arrived via Instagram (if I remember correctly) and I signed up thinking this could be one last attempt to give serious meditation a try.

So, earlier the other day, I tried it out.

To learn about my experience with serious guided meditation, stay tuned.

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Recommended products

I have read the following book and although I found the writing to be a little bit choppy, I learned a lot about brain function, the subconscious mind and meditation. I highly recommend reading this book first:

Here’s the kindle/audio version:

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I’m currently reading the following book, and the editing done here is much improved. I’m 1/4 way through and a little nervous what I will find in later chapters as the title is a little bit ‘out there’.

Here’s the kindle/audible version:

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All three recommended books together:

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This audio CD of “guided meditations are designed to move you from the analytical Beta brain-wave state to the state of Alpha, and develop your ability to sustain coherent brain-wave patterns.” (Joe Dispenza)

14 thoughts on “Guided meditation: the journey

  1. Happy to hear that you’ve found a meditation practice that works for you! It took me some time to figure out what works best for me. I prefer meditating before bed while lying down with my legs arched. I use guided and non-guided meditations, depending on my time allowance and goals, though I prefer non-guided meditations with the sound of a hang.

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  2. I can do focused breathing, but guided meditation or really anything beyond the breathing is difficult for me. I have a difficult time with visualization. I don’t think in pictures. If someone says “picture a stream” … I can remember a stream I’ve seen, but if they want me to add stuff… NOPE! πŸ€·πŸΌβ€β™€οΈ

    Maybe that was just one type and others don’t require visualization πŸ€·πŸΌβ€β™€οΈ

    I’m super stoked that you’re finding ways to change things that YOU want to change!! πŸ₯³ πŸ₯‚ πŸŽ‰ πŸ₯° 🌠
    My own goal is to always be a Work In Progress. Always learning, always growing. πŸ’ƒπŸΌ
    πŸ’ŒπŸ’Œ

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