Meditation is the quiet practice of centering the mind. Through the use of guided meditation, one may find that many areas of their life come into clearer meaning. The practice of meditation is one that helps people of all ages tap into the craved mindfulness in a sometimes chaotic world.
So what do, “centering the mind, mindfulness, guided meditation, clearer meaning, and practice” even mean?
Let’s start by creating an analogy of meditation. Imagine being in a crowded room with many conversations happening, you take the podium to quiet the room to have your voice heard. The practice of meditation is similar. In a speech when we take center stage the people do not go away, they do not stop being engaged, they usually do begin to quietly listen. In this way people represent your thoughts, your to-do lists, your imagined future, and your memories. As the speaker you check your surroundings, take a deep breath, and ask for the attention in that moment (centering the mind). An interim period of waiting allows the room to settle so you can position yourself to be heard. When we meditate we are asking to be in the moment (mindfulness). We ask the other areas of our mind to be in that quiet moment of awareness too. Often a sense of peace comes when the speaker and the room join together in silence. Silent prayer in a congregation might be a way you have already experienced this.
The more we take the stage, the more we learn about how the audience works and how to gain their attention (practice). The more we meditate the more comfortable we become in centering our thoughts and creating mindfulness.
Guided meditation is like having an MC announce your presence and why you are here (meaning). The room becomes informed of your intention. In the “I” Intention of MyLifes Devotion you can learn more about clarifying your intentions.
It is important to remind yourself that meditation like yoga is a practice. Some people are born with a mind that can engage in meditation without many obstacles and others need time to create the ability to enter into that space. Just like some people can go into crow position their first attempt at a yoga class and others find standing forward bend very challenging (me). Both kinds of people, and the many in between those natures, need to participate or practice meditation or yoga to maintain or improve on its meaningfulness.
Mindfulness meditation is used as a cognitive therapy for people experiencing distress or dysfunction in their life. If you feel you need a deeper experience than one you can produce individually, seeking a licensed therapist may be the better option for you.
If you are entering into the practice individually and needing an at home self-guided experience Deepak Chopra offers many applications for smartphones and tablets. The Chopra Center www.chopra.com has an extensive library of publications and audio guided meditations available. Headspace www.headspace.com is an application available for iPhone and Android users that provides a collection of helpful resources. Calm www.calm.com is another app that might be more suited to your needs. There are many resources that are offered in the digital libraries available to different avenues of access. Computers, cell phones, and audio books are just some ways that you can help you connect with your preferred means of meditation.