Here you will find answers to some Frequently Asked Questions about Meditation.
– What if you fall asleep?
– Can anything bad happen?
– Can it develop my psychic abilities?
And many more…
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Meditation Frequently Asked Question
Can Meditation help manage Stress and Anxiety?
Countless medical studies have proven that meditation is very beneficial for stress and anxiety. Physically, it lowers blood pressure and heart rate and gives you an awareness of your body. Mentally, it gives respite from daunting concerns. Putting distance between you and your problems often allows you to view situations with greater perspective. This can provide solutions that weren’t previously apparent. Emotionally, meditation gives you a means to connect with your feelings and thoughts and recognize the truth through the confusion. It will not help everybody all of the time, but compared to or used in conjunction with pharmaceutical medications it is definitely an avenue worth exploring.
Speak with your health care practitioner to discuss your specific circumstances.
What is Guided Meditation?
Guided Meditation is a simple form of meditation that everyone can do easily and effectively.
Just as an adult or a teacher reads a story to a child, the words of the guide entertain your logical mind and lead your imagination to a place that provides benefit. Each guided meditation assists your physical, emotional, mental and spiritual aspects.
The guide starts the meditation by relaxing your state of being. This is usually achieved by focusing your thoughts on your breath and scanning your body for tense muscles and areas holding stress. With just a little practice you can very quickly achieve a very relaxed state of being. The guide then takes you on a journey in your imagination. This is the easiest form of meditation as the mind has less chance to wander onto real-world thoughts of chores, work and loved ones.
Indian Yogis and Tibetan Buddhists spend a lifetime training to sit in silence, but for the rest of us who have to schedule relaxation into our busy lives; Guided Meditation is the easiest and most practical way to reap the benefits. Reduced stress, clarity of mind, increased connection to your true self and with the spiritual world.
To sample some of the Free Guided Meditations available on the Explore Meditation website, use the links at the bottom of this post.
How is Guided Meditation different to other forms?
Meditation is an ancient practice that has existed in many forms. It is not right to generalize and say any one form is better or worse than another. The best form of meditation is unique to the individual. It is fair to say most have a similar intent; to get the mind away from ‘thinking’ into a deeper state of simultaneous relaxation and awareness.
Guided Meditation uses words to control the proceedings. It is just like someone reading you a story. There is a beginning, middle and end and you can choose a topic that draws your interest. Other forms of meditation repeatedly chant a mantra or prayer, while others strive for the complete silence of thought. Some focus purely on the breath, or focus on objects such as a candle flame.
All list similar goals and benefits such as achievement of a higher state of consciousness, greater focus and perspective, developed creativity and self-awareness, and a more relaxed and peaceful frame of mind. It is a recognized component of many religions, but also practiced for spiritual growth and practical purposes.
Why is Guided Meditation good for beginners?
The words and story in a Guided Meditation entertains your mind, allowing you to imagine a reality different to the one that you live each and every day. While consumed by the imagery there is less need for logical and progressive thought. This allows the mind to relax – to let go of conscious control. In this state you can refresh your set of operating principals.
After the meditation you will be less stressed, without the high levels of thought and memory activity that cloud your judgment and perspective. Your thoughts and actions will have less attachment to the emotional rollercoaster of your average day, allowing you to hear your true inner voice, and live more intuitively as you become more spiritually aware.
Guided Meditation is great for those new to meditation because the benefits can be achieved without strict practice. Guided Meditation is easy. From the very beginning, you will start to evolve in an emotional way, in a personal way, and you will start to evolve as a spiritual being as well.
What if I fall asleep during the meditation?
If you fall asleep during a Guided Meditation your subconscious mind is still aware. It is always alert and listening for what is happening around you, and will automatically receive the information. If the meditation is encouraging you to be happier and healthier, your subconscious mind will start to generate the health and healing messages that were in the meditation to reduce your everyday stress, even though you are not conscious of it.
Can anything bad happen during Meditation?
When you are meditating, you are sitting with the intent to go on an inward journey. Relaxation is achieved as you witness, and then let go of or release the stresses and the strains of the day. Calming the mind allows the body to enter a refreshing and rejuvenating state of being. With this simple intent, you are not calling in energies that are strange; you are not trying to connect with beings that have passed into other realms of understanding. No other-worldly entities can affect you.
Meditation is a safe inward journey of peaceful discovery and relaxation.
Can Meditation develop my Psychic Abilities?
You could say, ‘Meditation is the Best way to develop Psychic Abilities and Spiritual Connection.’
With regular practice, meditation calms the busy mind and centers your energy in your heart throughout your day. It removes us from our logical lives and connects us with our intuition. When the needless chatter of your mind is quiet, it gives better opportunity to hear the guidance of your higher self.
What is an Out-Of-Body experience?
We have a conscious awareness that we are a in a 3-Dimensional being. We are looking out of our eyes, we are listening, we are aware of what is going on around us. We have peripheral vision and hearing to give us a perspective of the space around us. We use our physical senses to find our place. When we start to go deeply into meditation, our awareness is able to add another dimension to what we usually have – and that is looking down on our body. It’s as if we are projecting our awareness outside of our physical body. It is sometimes possible to clearly see yourself sitting in a chair or lying in bed. Some people say that it happens to them when they are dreaming, or even that they could see themselves on the operating table while under anesthetic. An Out of body experience, is having your awareness somewhere other than centered within your physical body.
It is common for psychics, healers and mystics for example, to use out of body experiences when trying to track someone who is lost. Out of body experiences are also frequently encountered during deep hypnosis, where one is released from the physical body and the now, and is able to move into another dimension of awareness.