A Simple Guided Meditation for Relaxation
Have you tried to meditate and given up in frustration? Does this frustration make you feel more anxious than relaxed? If you feel frustrated by your inability to quiet your mind, try this guided meditation as a simple alternative to a more formal practice.
Any kind of meditation can have physiological, emotional, and psychological benefits. Guided meditations give the mind a focus while still allowing you to escape the mind’s every-day busyness and constant chattering. Using your imagination and a guided meditation can help you naturally find peace and a sense of contentment by quietly allowing your mind to settle into a state of calm.
This simple exercise relies on using your imagination to help you relax. First, read through the directions and then try it for yourself.
Imagine yourself in a sunny place where you feel safe and secure. It can be a place you have visited before or it can be a place you only imagine. See yourself sitting in this place feeling very safe and secure. Feel bathed by the soft sunlight. Bask in that sunlight, feeling it bathe and warm you. Enjoy the experience of feeling that warmth. Breathe in the warmth and let it fill you from head to toe. If you notice any tensions in your body, let the sun’s soft warmth gently relax your muscles and any tension your muscles may be holding. As you’re imagining yourself sitting there, if your mind starts to drift or gets busy with everyday concerns (as minds have a tendency to do), just bring yourself back to feeling the sunlight bathe you. Relax into the warmth of the sunlight.
That’s all there is to it! Spend a few minutes imagining yourself in a safe place being bathed by a warm, golden light. There are no rules to this and you can change it to suit yourself. You can even change the color from golden to any other color that appeals to you. Maybe you feel you would rather be bathed in blue or purple! When you start, you can ask yourself what color appeals to you most and go with that.
You can create your own mini-vacation and enjoy the physiological, emotional, and psychological benefits of meditating by travelling in your mind to your favorite space and allowing yourself to enjoy the warmth of the sun. Increase your happiness and sense of well-being by gifting yourself with time for yourself. Give yourself a break from your constant busyness and let your mind and body relax. After a few minutes, you can return to your everyday life feeling more relaxed, refreshed, and restored.