Guided meditation for busy people
In the hustle and bustle of modern-day life, you might wonder, Who has time to meditate? It is easy to get caught up in the rush of day-to-day life and even easier to forget to take time for yourself. This is particularly true if you are a business owner or in another high-stress position with a heavy workload that never seems to relent. However, while it seems counter-intuitive, taking time for yourself is actually one of the most critical things you must do to maintain not only your peace of mind but also your capacity for success. In fact, one of the most effective methods of self-care is guided meditation for busy people. By practicing basic meditation exercises for just a few minutes a day, you will find greater mental clarity, emotional serenity and physical calm. This strategy is known as deliberate practice, which is practicing smarter, not harder. With the help of a skilled guide, the art of meditation is easier than you might think.
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What is guided meditation?
Mindfulness meditation is the practice of learning to ground yourself in the present using mental and physical exercises to focus the mind and body. Guided meditation takes the practice of meditation a step further by adding a coaching element to the process. That is, a third party, whether it be a yoga instructor, meditation guru or even just an audio recording, leads the practitioner through the steps of meditation, guiding them through the physical and mental process of achieving holistic relaxation. By taking the guesswork out of learning how to meditate, guided meditation can help you master the art and practice of meditation in less time than it might have taken if you had tried to meditate without guidance.
Why is guided meditation for busy people important?
How many times have you been so stressed out that you can’t focus or even prioritize your to-do list? When we are under a lot of stress, it is absolutely essential that we learn to take control of our mind and emotions to prevent them from taking control of us. Learning to manage our outlook and feelings becomes even more important the busier our schedules are.
Guided meditation for busy people is one of the most effective methods out there for achieving a sense of calm and quiet, no matter how hectic our lifestyles are, so we can harness our drive to succeed. Guided meditation is particularly effective because it combines the principles of meditation with external guidance, so we do not have to rely on ourselves or our “skillfulness” at meditation for it to be effective. In fact, you don’t even need to know how to meditate; just follow the instructions of your guide. Additionally, when we are following the instructions of a meditation guide, we are less likely to lose track of our meditation by “spacing out.” In this way, following a guide quickens the meditative process, making guided meditation a particularly valuable tool for busy people.
Does guided meditation for busy people work?
The efficacy of guided meditation for busy people is backed by scientific research. The National Center for Complementary and Integrative Health (NCCIH) reports on the science of meditation. There is evidence that meditation reduces blood pressure, ameliorates symptoms of irritable bowel syndrome, reduces flares-ups of ulcerative colitis and mitigates symptoms of depression, anxiety and insomnia. Meditation can even help you quit smoking!
When considering guided meditation for busy people, consider meditation’s impact on the brain. The same NCCIH report discusses a 2012 study that compared adults who meditate to adults who don’t. The study found that the participants who did meditate had more folds in the outer layer of the brain (a process called gyrification), which expands the brain’s capacity to process information. Another 2012 study found that meditation directly impacts emotions by acting on a part of the brain (called the amygdala) which processes emotions. A 2013 study found that meditation may slow or even reverse the impact of aging on the brain.
Tony Robbins’ philosophy aligns directly with the principles of guided meditation for busy people. As Tony says, since the mind, body and emotions are interconnected, you can learn to reset your emotions through physical and mental exercises that bring the mind and body into harmony. Furthermore, our subconscious or limiting beliefs often have a direct impact on our lived or “felt” experience of conscious emotions and stress. This is why learning to meditate is so important. Learn more about the role of the subconscious in helping us release toxic emotions.
How to practice guided meditation for busy people
Even if you have not yet found a guide for your meditative practice, you can start right here and now by learning the art of priming. Priming is the conscious act of focusing your mind, emotions and body on the present to activate your peak state. The practice of priming has clear parallels to the practice of meditation, and you can use it as a way to introduce yourself to a meditative practice. Priming alone or in combination with guided meditation for busy people will help you gain the focus, clarity and physical relaxation you need to approach your day (and your workload) with a sense of confidence and serenity.
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