Using guided meditations can be a great way to start off your meditating. It's a quick and easy way to take your mind down a certain route and using a guided meditation makes it simple to stay on track. So long as you can listen to a CD or MP3 track, you can use a guided meditation.

Naturally there are general meditations available, which are often used for relaxation. In today's fast paced, hectic lifestyle this can be a great way to unwind. They have the added advantage that they are available any time you can free up 20 to 30 minutes to spend on quality time with yourself.

Once you get in the habit, it's quite easy to make the time to listen to a pre-recorded meditation. Skipping the television news is an excellent way and has the added advantage that you're introducing less negativity into your life.

One of the other main benefits of using a pre-recorded guided meditation is that you can use it address a specific issue that you're facing at the moment. There are inexpensive guided meditations to cover most any eventuality.

For instance, if you have a health issue then there will be a guided meditation available to lead you through the process of getting your body back into shape. In a typical health meditation you'll be taken into a relaxed state and then asked to focus your attention on the area that is causing the problem. There are then many different ways that the meditation can help you to heal your body. It's quite common to beam a healing white light onto the area. Another option you may come across is filling your body with a healing sand. This then absorbs all the toxins in your body and takes them with it once the sand is drained out.

You can also use guided meditations to help you to bring out your creativity. Our society values creativity yet it seems that often our educational system is geared to uniformity rather than individualism. A creativity meditation can often help you to free up the creative side of your mind and expand the possibilities that you can explore. This kind of meditation is useful whether you want to bring out your hidden artist or simply need a new approach to a business project that's got itself stuck.

One thing to watch out for when you're buying a guided meditation from a site for the first time is to see whether or not you get on with the narrator's voice. If their voice "grates" then it's unlikely that you'll be able to reach a deep state of meditation as you'll be concentrating on their voice.

If you've got the time and inclination, it can be worth recording your own guided meditations. There are plenty of scripts available on the internet. You can use the microphone that's built into your webcam or laptop and a free audio program like Audacity to tweak the recording. Who knows, you could even release your own set of guided meditations some day!

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