Meditation Course for Beginners (Part 4)

Guided Meditation

Guided meditations are a good place to start your meditation practice. Whilst it is possible to guide yourself during the meditation process, the easiest guided meditations to follow are pre-recorded and all you have to do is sit back and listen.

A guided meditation will usually begin by taking you to a calm, quiet place. Some typical places to start are:

  • A large, peaceful garden with birdsong and sometimes a stream running through it
  • A clearing in a forest, often with a babbling brook nearby
  • A beach, with the sound of the sea lapping

Once you are in the quiet place, you will be guided to notice the sounds, smells and sensations that can be experienced in the chosen location. For instance, if you are in a garden or forest, you will probably be guided to notice the feel of the grass on your feet, possibly some dew on the grass. On the beach, you'll be guided to feel the warm sand in between your toes.

Then the meditation will gradually explore the surroundings, bringing in the other sensations that you would expect to experience.

If the guided meditation is partially based on hypnosis, it is possible that a hypnotic deepening routine will be used to drop you further down into your meditative state. This is usually done by taking you down a series of steps and counting the steps as you go.

This technique is powerful and the deepening sensation can be used to heighten any meditation process that you perform.

Chakra Meditation

Chakra meditation is used to energize the seven different energy centers that are in your body.

These centers are:

  • Crown chakra. This is based outside your body just above your head and is the master chakra that controls all the others. The crown chakra is normally colored violet.
  • Ajna or third eye chakra. This is linked with the pineal gland, which is a small gland located in your brain. The color of this chakra is indigo.
  • Throat chakra. This is linked with your thyroid gland and has the color blue.
  • Heart chakra. Located at your heart, this chakra is linked with your immune system. Keeping your heart chakra in tune assists with your overall well being.
  • The color for the heart chakra is green.
  • Solar plexus chakra. This is said to correspond to your pancreas and adrenal glands and plays a valuable role in digestion. It has the color yellow.
  • Sacral chakra. Located in your groin, the sacral chakra is related to your emotion, sexuality and creativity. If it is out of balance, you may suffer from mood swings. Color for this chakra is orange.
  • Base or root chakra. This chakra is associated with instinct, survival and security and is located at the base of the spine. The base chakra has the color red.

A typical chakra meditation will start at the base chakra and gradually work it's way through each of the other chakras until it reaches the crown chakra.

As the meditation progresses, each chakra will be balanced. The meditation will work on each chakra in turn and will focus on getting the imbalances that occur over time back into their natural state of balance. The meditation will also move each of the different chakra centers until they are in balance with each other.

When starting out, it is probably easiest to use a pre-recorded meditation to guide you through each of the chakras and to ensure that the balancing process is followed.

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