For many people, the practice of meditation is one of the best ways to calm the mind and obtain peace and clarity of the mind. With the current busy lifestyles,  many factors can affect the daily and regular activities of a person and thus more and more people are discovering the incredible and powerful benefits that it can provide.

As a prerequisite to standard meditation practice, it may be worth considering Guided Meditation. This is the simplest form of meditation whereby the person performing the meditation is guided throughout the whole process by a guru or master from the beginning of the meditative session to the end.

How Guided Meditation Works

The master or guru will provide step by step instructions that you will follow during your meditation session. This is a very old form of meditating and performed in groups being led by a guru. Due to the advent of technology, you, as the practitioner can perform this practice without the need for the physical presence of a guru. With the use of pre-recorded CDs and DVDs, you can listen to the instructions from a guru/master and perform this in the comfort of your homes.

It is important to be aware of the fact that there are different kinds depending on the techniques provided by the guru and there may be different sets of instructions. Vipassana is one of the techniques used by instructors. Vipassana involves focus on the breathing process, visual imagination, mantra recitation or japa, prayer meditation, dancing meditation and also mindfulness meditation.

If you want your meditative experience to be effective, you will need to listen carefully to the instructions given in the Guided Meditation and act on them accordingly. Regular Guided Meditation sessions will ultimately create the peace and stillness of mind that.

 

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Kundalini Yoga mantras activate anatomical alignment with universal energies. Mantras work through the vibration of the sound being created. The Adi Shakti mantra is a basic mantraalignment with the universal vibration.

EK ONG KAR SAT NAM SIRI WHA HE GURU

The Adi Shakti Mantra is the first mantra taught by Yogi Bhajan. introduced into the United States in 1969. Yogi Bhajan gave it to his first student with the intention to resolve problems with her son. He advised her to chant this mantra everyday and the problems would eventually resolve. And over a period of just a few months, they did.

Practitioners can experience powerful effects by including the Adi Shakti Mantra as part of our morning meditative practice. It is recommended to include approximately 7-11 minutes of this mantra in your daily practice.

EK ONG KAR SAT NAM SIRI WHA HE GURU

This is one of the most powerful Kundalini Yoga mantras.

EK – one, oneness, unity

ONG – the force of creation that exists everywhere

KAAR-the doer of everything

EK ONG KAAR – The creator creates everything from the universal vibration. The creator and creation are one.

SAT- this is unchanging truth

NAAM – the Name, the Word, to evoke or call upon this truth

When we experience the truth of EK ONG KAAR SAT NAAM, we witness the supreme truth beyond illusion and we vibrate with and experience our oneness with all that is.

Siri – great, awesome

Wha he Guru – ecstasy, this experience of oneness brings me the ultimate joy.

This experience is my Guru

Perceptual Shift in Our Neutral Mind

To access the higher truth of EK ONG KAR, the practitioner must open up the lens in their neutral mind. Regular practice of Kundalini Yoga awakens the neutral mind where the practitioner can access the uncluttered place where they are able to experience space, silence, sound and stability. It is important to keep focused on the space, sound, silence and stability, which maintains the open neutral channel.

 

 

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The English word meditation derives from the Latin word ‘meditari’ which means ‘to think, devise, contemplate, ponder or meditate’. The definition and practice of meditation is dependant on differing beliefs of the people that practice it. As a general definition, the following can be considered:-

“Meditation can be defined as a self-induced change of state of mind for the purpose of heightening awareness or attention, or for emotional well being.”

Having originated and evolved in Eastern cultures many centuries ago, meditation grew in popularity in Western cultures in the latter part of the 20th century. Part of the meditation process involves repetitive movements and chants which were discovered to induce a higher state of consciousness. When it became apparent that this practice seemed beneficial to the people who performed them, they began to change and develop them in order to realise the self, but was still used for religious purposes.

Religions such as Buddhism and Hinduism redefined the practice of meditation as a way to achieve a higher state of spiritual growth. Meditation is not generally associated with religion but initially religions in the West had divided opinions with regard to the types of meditation. Some religions believed in the system that included the repetition of words and/or actions and some religions didn’t.

In modern society, meditation is a worldwide phenomenon and many different types of meditation have evolved..  It is now practised less for religious purposes but more for the practical applications that it offers. Many of us lead stressful lives, living in  stressful environments.  These high levels of stress are not good blood pressure, cardio-vascular systems and or physical and mental health and well-being.  Because of this, people are turning more and more towards meditation and making it part of their daily routine.

If you are new to meditation. please read our how to meditate for beginners article.  The world will be a better place for us and for everyone who knows us.

 

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Guided Chakra Meditation

Even though millions of people worldwide meditate on a daily basis, there are still many people who believe that meditation is something that only priests and monks perform as part of their belief system. Although it is necessary to reach a reasonably relaxed state just prior to meditating, people cannot even imagine reaching a state of mind and a body so relaxed to reach even this initial state.

Free Guided Meditations

If you are just beginning your journey into meditation, it may be advisable to start with chakra meditations and guided meditations which will help with the problem mentioned above.

Guided meditation is best for those people who want to start meditating and thus start cleansing their chakras, but struggle to reach the level of relaxation and focus needed for meditation. Guided meditation offers a guidance throughout the process of meditation. In the initial stages, practitioners need someone to talk to them with a mellow, soothing voice, someone to guide them, tell them what to do and how to relax.

Chakra meditation is used to cleanse  chakras and allow the practitioner to reach a state whereby the body and mind will be completely relaxed and ready for any challenge they encounter; many people are now beginning to take up this form of meditation. Some practitioners may require the assistance of an experienced meditation teacher or Guru to cleanse their chakras, so a guided chakra session is the best option.

Guided chakra meditation is a form of meditation that should be used if the practitioner needs to relax, develop focus and cleanse. Chakra meditation will open up the chakras allowing the cleansing process to take place and thus the healing.

Meditation for the 7 Chakras

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In a guided meditation a practitioner is guided through the process and given steps and exercises to follow. Occasionally this is a one to one session but more often than not, the practitioner will use a CD.

Guided meditations are particularly useful if the person is trying combat stress, depression. anxiety, addiction or suffers with constant worry or agitation. Some guided meditations are just audio files, whilst others contain video; regular use will ultimately aid in the resolution of the related issue(s).

Free Guided Meditations

 

For those people wanting to eradicate anxiety related to their past or to their future then mindfulness meditation may be a good choice.

Mindfulness meditation is divided in stages. In the initial stage a practitioner will have to raise his/her consciousness and become aware of his/her own thoughts passing through their mind. In the latter stage, the practitioner will also have to be aware of oneself. This is the essence of mindfulness meditation, living in the moment with no direction of the focus. Concentration on the breath is also an important factor allowing the practitioner to become more aware of themselves and to live in the present.

What is Mindfulness Meditation

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