The big difference between meditation and guided meditation. Or more specifically the different between most traditional meditation techniques and guided visualisation.
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 imagery, sounds, textures, scents and feelings to help support the listener; client or student into a safe space.
Guided Visualisation uses memory and autosuggestion to help anchor the mind into a story, a fantasy, a dream…The therapist usually guides the client or student into a relaxed or therapeutic state.
Where more traditional based meditation skills are based on accessing peace, calm and tranquillity through presence and awareness. Helping us to detach from our thoughts, our stories, our beliefs. It helps gives us space from the cluttered or monkey mind. More traditional meditation styles like breath meditation gives clients and students a life skill that the can apply very easily into their everyday lives.
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 may at times appear hidden from our present view but calm and peace are always accessible within us.
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 18 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?
FREE Access Today Traditional Breathing Meditation Instruction Track
this is an instructional track, which teaches you one of the most traditional styles of meditation, it has a soft gong in 5 minute intervals to help you build up your meditation track.
5 Minute Meditation Instruction Track
this is a less than 5 minute meditation Qi Qong style of meditation, which is very effective and useful to use throughout the day to help give you more peace, calm and clarity throughout your day. Some clients use this instead of a power nap