The big difference between meditation and guided meditation, also known as guided visualisation is very different than traditional meditation.

Guided Meditation also regarded as Guided Visualisation is very much the use of guided imagery to help guide the listener into usually a deeply relaxed state. The narrator; teacher or therapist who is guiding the meditation uses various senses particularly soothing imagery, sounds, textures and safe anchors to help support the listener; client or student into a safe space.

It very much uses the power of memory and auto suggestion to help trigger the mind into a story, a fantasy, a dream…They are supporting or guiding the client or student.

Where more traditional based meditation skills are based on accessing peace, calm and tranquillity away from our thoughts, it helps free our attachment to our thoughts, our stories, our belief’s. It helps us loosen of the cluttered or monkey mind and gives the client a life skill a tool they can apply to their everyday life. It is about empowering and teaching the student the skills as a self-help aid.

Once a student has practiced an effective meditation technique it is much easier for them to access the peace, the stillness that is always there, it maybe hiding from our present view but it is always accessible.

I teach many different types of relaxation therapy and meditation, in-fact I train therapists in this area to be Certificated- Relaxation Therapists. Both guided visualization and meditation are highly effective relaxation tools and are used for different reasons.

But in my experience, as a teacher of these skills for more than 15 years. I have found more traditional based styles of meditation, give the student far more power in the long-term and in their day to day life. These tools provide the student the ability to access peace, stillness in their everyday life, whenever they want or need.

If you are going to a meditation class, ask what style of meditation you will learn and what will be the main benefits?

 

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