Meditation is a helpful tool for improving your overall health and well-being. However, many people are not quite sure how to incorporate meditation into their everyday life. A “guided meditation” can show you how.
Guided meditations generally involve a live instructor, an audio recording, or a script that provides structure and guidance to help people focus their thoughts, reduce stress, and achieve an inner sense of calm.
Guided meditation can be an excellent starting point for those who are new to meditation. They can also be effective for anyone who is looking to achieve a deeper state of relaxation and a better understanding of their inner selves.
The AllOne Health Wellness Team provides guided meditations in its courses. The following is a script we adapted from MindfulnessExercises.com:
Growing Happiness in the Mind: A Guided Meditation
Get seated in a comfortable position and invite in relaxation. If you prefer, close your eyes.
As you breathe in, appreciate the life offered by each inhalation.
With each exhalation, let go of any tension in your mind or body.
Bring to mind a time in which you recently experienced happiness. It may be something small, like seeing a friend, watching the sunset, or the simple joy of lying down at night.
When you have something in mind, allow yourself to feel the experience of contentment.
To help cultivate gratitude, focus on your happy memory, and offer a few phrases of appreciative joy.
- May my happiness continue.
- May my happiness grow.
- May I be present for the joy.
- May I appreciate the joy in my life.
Stay here for a few moments with the feelings of contentment and happiness this meditation has offered.
When you are ready, slowly open your eyes and return to the day feeling relaxed, happy, and content.