Is Guided Meditation Really Meditation?

 

We think that guided meditation—the soft and pleasant “voice over” recordings designed to take you through the periods of silence– truncates the benefits of mindfulness breathing, and that the concept is really an oxymoron. Why?

Meditation is About Letting Go

For us, meditation is about surrendering. When you are listening to a calming voice, it is pleasurable, but you are still actively engaged in the listening process. We want you to fully release, props included. Do you meditate by looking at a candle’s flame or by counting your breaths? Do you use prayer beads or other accouterments? Sitting upright on a pillow, or in a chair, are popular ways to begin, but in the end, we would like to see you let go of all outer props—including background music–and just be. You need not even sit. Feel free to lie down on your bed, or melt into your favorite living room chair. Then close your eyes and notice your breaths.

Without Reliance on Props, You Can Access Your Inner Self Anytime

It is often a challenge to find silence in your day to attempt something like this. It is much easier to plug in your headphones and tune out the world, but when you truly connect with your inner self—without a voice guiding you to relax and without New Age music or prayer beads—you will find a recognizable and essential piece of you. It feels safe, familiar, desirable, peaceful, and joyous. We could say when you are there, you will know it, but that place of which we write is so simple, you could easily question your arrival even if you are already there. Of course, we know you have experienced moments of it throughout your life, but without deliberate and continuous effort, you will not reap the additional benefits that these prolonged visits provide.

It is important to remember that you can access your inner self at any moment. Knowing that it is there allows for an easier connection, but it often takes a few minutes of silence to reach that place. This is the self-knowledge that we have been writing about all along. Knowing who you are at a deep level is not only comforting, it is the only way to get centered, and centering allows you to go through life with less stress.

The Real Purpose of Meditation

We cannot describe exactly what you will find once you get there because it is something that has to be experienced. When you go within, in silence—without someone telling you what to do, how to think, or how to feel—you will find the solace you need to more easily connect with source energy.

Surrender: Our Thoughts on Lisa Williams’ Send it Out to the Universe Post

We were reading psychic medium Lisa Williams’ blog post titled “Send it Out to the Universe” where she wrote about the idea of acceptance and surrender. She wrote that surrendering to whatever is happening is very powerful. Lisa went on to explain that sometimes we blow things out of proportion. It is true. At the moment something is occurring, we think that it is the most significant thing that will ever happen to us. Of course, we know that is not true, but that does not get in the way of our obsessing about it.

Still, surrendering seems impossible during difficult times. But if you can get there, surrender can be liberating.  We especially like this line in Lisa’s post: ” …when you just release it, your journey will take you where you need to go, and with who you need to go with. ”

How do you get there when things look dismal? There is no simple solution. Surrendering  is possible only after processing a situation. You are presented with a problem, you think about it, you question the truth of it, you work through it, and you get to a point where you can let it go. Don’t hold tight to negative thoughts, but don’t ignore them either, and realize that distraction does not work.  Work through the issue. Once you have gotten used to the circumstance, thought about it, entertained possible outcomes, and considered potential actions, you will be more inclined to fall into surrender mode.

Surrendering seems almost the opposite of purposefully navigating your life, but that is not true. Live your life by your values, be aligned with your soul’s purpose, and set intentions, but realize that you cannot force things to happen. Simply allow life to unfold like a flower with your eyes wide open and you will get a taste of how to let go.