While I prefer a silent (or sometimes a mantra) meditation practice, many people who are beginners or those experiencing anxiety, stress, fear, insomnia or pain find a guided meditation extremely helpful. It can be difficult to actually take the time to meditate, but the benefits are great. Try to set up a regular schedule, and see my last post if you need a few tips on becoming a regular meditator.
Here are free downloadable guided meditations from Tara Brach. I believe they are all about 20 minutes, although she also offers a 10 minute download if you sign up for her mailing list. She is knowledgable, soothing, and will guide you through 20 minutes with ease.
This is a 5 minute gratitude meditation with Elena Brower. The video is 6 minutes long because she spends about a minute teaching you how to set up for meditation.
A YouTube search will bring up a list of guided meditations, and there are also several meditation apps available on Itunes. I've used one called Simply Being & it allows you to choose music, nature sounds, guided meditation, and meditation length. This App puts a meditation easily within reach. While it was free when I downloaded it, there is now a $1.99 charge, but this is a small price to pay for the rewards of meditation.
If you have any questions, please ask, or see me at the studio.
Namaste - Beth