Dec 172013
 

how to meditate part 7: quiet the mind guided meditation

One of the easiest ways for beginners to become comfortable with the meditation process is through guided meditation, where you are verbally guided into relaxing, quieting your mind, and entering a higher state of consciousness. Guided meditation can really jumpstart your meditation practice. It can even teach experienced meditators new techniques and revitalize the routine.

Below is a guided meditation that will help you quiet your mind. Stilling your thoughts will:

  • Energize your spirit, mind, and body
  • Provide healing relaxation
  • Reduce stress and anxiety
  • Increase your focus and ability to live in the moment

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Quiet the Mind Guided Meditation transcript

Assume a comfortable position. Shut your eyes as you start to relax. Take in a deep breath. Now breathe out, emptying your lungs entirely. And once again. Take full deep breaths, never strained or rushed. Breathe in strength, breathe out tension. Carry on to relax. Take full deep breaths. Allow your breathing to discover its own natural, unhurried pace. And as ideas enter your mind, allow them to go without attachment.

Now listen to the world that exists inside you. Hear the clattering of your mind, the constant talking to ourselves. See the patterns and habits of the mind – planning, scheming, calculating, judging, comparing, worrying, daydreaming. Note when it flies into the past of memories, reliving them over and over like an addiction to thought. Note when it chases after the future, attempting to control time by planning and hoping.

But let yourself let all that thinking go, just for a moment. Reassure yourself, that even if you quit thinking for just a few moments, it’ll be ok. Give yourself permission to love this moment, without calculating what you could be doing instead. Encourage yourself that you deserve this time out from the hectic life you lead and the frantic thinking you're so accustomed to.

Your breathing is unstrained. Relax your toes and feet. Relax your ankles and knees. Relax your leg muscles. Your breathing is deep and relaxing. Relax your fingers and hands. Loosen up your wrists and elbows. Relax your arms. Your breathing is slow and peaceful. Feel your feet and legs get heavy and warm. Feel your hands and arms get warm and heavy. Simply breathe as your thoughts come and go.

Center on your breathing. Let go of tension as your body falls into a state of peaceful quiet. Unclench your jaw. Relax your face and let go of your tongue. Your heartbeat and breathing are serene and steady. Your breathing is relaxed. Void your mind of all thoughts. Your abdomen is soft and warm, your limbs are heavy and warm.

Watch your thoughts come and go like clouds in the sky. Your hands are warm, your forehead is cool, and your breathing is deep and relaxed. Feel your breath sink lower and lower into your lungs. As your shoulders drop, feel your breath fill the upper part of your chest. You're relaxed and peaceful.

Your breathing is deep and relaxed. Warm hands, cool forehead. Empty your lungs totally. Hear the silence grow as your mind hushes. Your are relaxed, calm, and centered. Your heart rate and breathing are calm and steady. Warm hands, cool forehead. Your breathing is deep and relaxed. Enjoy the quiet.

When you know it is time to leave this place, begin to return. Let your breathing bring you back. Gently take a couple of deep breaths. Pause a moment. Remember one last time that you can return to this place any time you wish. It may only be for a moment, but it will remind you of the sense of peace that's yours.

Open your eyes.

Feel the goodness of the meditation for a few moments.

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