All the Basics:
Guided meditation is a modern practice, which is considered an easier way to start. It fits into most traditions of meditation.
With the distractions of modern life, guided meditation is an ideal way to begin a meditation practice.
Guided meditation consists of listening to a meditation, in person or on recorded, by a specific person or meditation leader.
You can find guided meditations on podcasts, CDs, audio and video, or even on YouTube. Choose one.
There are a number of different categories of guided meditation:
Mantra, Sound or Visualization:
Depending on the form of guided meditation, you will likely have to use a mantra, sound or visualization, or all three. The mantra use is common in affirmation meditation while mantras are used in affirmations.
Origin + History:
Although it is a newer form of meditation, guided meditation comes from all forms of meditation and can be made into a number of different meditation styles.
Guided meditation has been made popular through challenges by Oprah Winfrey and Deepak Chopra, as well as number of other modern meditation teachers/enthusiasts.
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