Welcome to my list of guided meditations – I have done, and enjoyed each of these meditations.
Regular meditation is a wonderful way to start to shift from a place where your mind is your master, to a place where you master your mind…
And if you’ve never meditated before, it’s useful to start with guided meditations because the voice and the music gives you something to focus on, making it easier to keep the mind still and focused. It’s nice to let someone else lead you on a journey, and you never know exactly where you might end up, what you might see or how you might feel.
1. Universal Soul – 6 minutes: This is a video meditation, and it’s short, so it’s a nice one to do if you only have a few moments. The trick is to treat it exactly as you would a aural meditation. Plant both feet firmly on the floor and ground yourself. Place your hands in a comfortable position on your lap. Focus on your breathing and hit play. As you watch, drop all thoughts and judgments and just lets the words, images and sounds permeate your very being. See the meditation without thinking about it, and you will feel it’s magic working. This is a stunning experience put together by Vera Nadine. Enjoy!
2. Meet a guide – 19 minutes: I had the honour of testing this meditation before it was posted, and I loved it. I’ve long admired Jeff Lilly’s posts on his meditations, and envied his ability to ‘see’ the most amazing scenes unfold before him. He really does have a knack for the visual – so I was eager to see what would happen if he guided me through a meditation. I wasn’t disappointed. Both times I have done this lovely meditation, I have ‘seen’ a guide and spoken to them. It’s the most concrete visual experience I’ve had from meditation so far. No doubt part of this is because I have been meditating more and more, but I think part of it is also Jeff’s magic. This is a meditation I will be returning to time and time again. (Plus it’s a great length at just under 19 minutes…) Don’t skip the article either, Jeff has some great stuff to say about meditation, and it’s well worth reading that before clicking on the meditation.
3. Brain Sync – 10 minutes: To get access to this meditation, you need to subscribe to their newsletter, but it’s easy to immediately unsubscribe if you’re not interested. This is a great practical meditation which focuses on the physical and real first, like the breath and relaxing the muscles of the face, before moving into imagery of a deep, still lake and a refreshing waterfall. It’s described as a health and well-being meditation, but I found it invigorating and especially enjoyed the very end, when it tells you that you have everything you need in life.
4. Visit the Angels – 30 minutes: You need to download this file, and as it is quite large (27.5MB), it can take some time. It’s only good if you’re on a high speed connection. I really enjoyed this meditation though, and am glad it’s now saved on my desktop. It does use angel imagery and angelic realms, so if these don’t resonate with you, it’s probably not the meditation for you. I was able to see and sense my guardian angels on either side of me taking me into the angelic realms, and felt the joy and happiness described in the meditation. It’s a long meditation, but the time flew past.
5. Listening to Your Inner Voice – 15 minutes: This is louder than the other meditations, so it helps to turn down your volume before starting it. I struggled a bit with what it was saying, finding it counter intuitive to move the white light INTO the crown of my head and down and out of my toes. After awhile though, I did like the sensation of the bubble of protection – although I couldn’t help but wonder what I needed to be protected from! I found her voice to be aggravatingly slow… but when she spoke about seeing the positive in every situation, I cleared my negative thoughts and surrendered to the meditation. After that, my experience improved. This isn’t one that I would do again though.
6. Sacred Place – 20 minutes: The name of this meditation doesn’t really capture what it is all about, it’s less about being in a sacred place (although you do go to one) and more about appreciating and creating your life. It’s very positive, and grounded, and the music has a light tinkly aspect to it. It’s an up-lifting, positive meditation great for people who don’t want to hear about angels or auras or spirit world too much.
7. Auric Layers – 30 minutes: This meditation is a large downloadable file (27.5MB), but since downloading it, I have listening to it about four times. It is well worth the time and bandwidth. I haven’t heard the auric layers described in the manner they are here, and I wasn’t able to visualise what the voice is saying, but I still really enjoyed this meditation. A few times, I ‘drifted off’, and ‘came to’ in the last minute – it wasn’t that I was sleeping, just that I wasn’t consciously aware anymore. It took me four listens to be able to stay conscious throughout the meditation, and on that fourth time, I did get a visual experience. I saw an explosion of red light on a black matrix grid, expanding out and then dissipating. It felt like some block at some level had released. This will be a meditation I’ll come back to again and again.
8. Yoga Nidra – 25 minutes: A deeply relaxing meditation that doesn’t talk about chakras, or angels, or anything ‘new agey’, so it’s good for the skeptics who still want the full benefit of a guided meditation. The volume seemed higher than other online meditations (it plays online using Quicktime) so make sure you adjust your volume before settling down. The woman, who is a yoga teacher and introduces herself and her studio at the beginning, takes you through each body part, starting at the feet, and asks you to relax deeply. Yoga nidra is meant to provide as much restful invigoration as a full nights sleep, so it’s great if you need some energy, or a nap. I felt great afterward, very centred and calm, but also well rested.
9. Heart Meditation – 20 minutes approx: I forgot to time this, and the intro didn’t state how long it was, so it might be a touch longer. I enjoyed this woman’s voice, liked the music in the background, and particularly liked the constant soothing sound of crashing waves. The meditation asks you to first focus on your physical heart, then to focus on your energetic heart. I liked the idea of filling myself up with love, and then passing it along to a person of my choosing. A great meditation to work with trouble in a relationship, or if you’re feeling lonely.
10. Release Your Fears meditation – 12 Minutes: Now this one isn’t free, but as it’s a donation… I figured it’s almost free 🙂 It’s the latest offering from Jeff Lilly at Druid Journal, so I had to buy it and try it before I could recommend it.
So I did, and now I can – this is a solid investment in a meditation designed for a specific effect. I would recommend doing it every day for a week, and then you’ll likely notice a real shift. It’s been perfect for me at this time in my life, and at only 12 minutes, it’s easy to fit into your day.
Here’s what Jeff says about this meditation:
Fear: a great enemy, a great teacher. When we become too tightly bound up with our ego, when we identify ourselves too strongly with a story we tell ourselves, when we feel our life’s projects slipping away, and we grab desperately for control.
This is when fear arises within us. It paralyzes us, it skewers us; our emotional and creative resources are cut off, and we feel frozen and helpless. Our task at that point is to face the fear squarely, to see it for what it is: a messenger of hope. We must allow the fear to pass; we must find its source and release it.
By releasing our stories, our projects, and our unhealthy desires, by letting them be what they will be, we release ourselves as well.
In this meditation I guide you into a state of relaxation, and help you visualize the river of life before you. During the course of the meditation, you will focus gently on your fear, and identify its source. Once you have done that, you will be able to release the fear, and allow it to be carried away to the ocean, where all things are renewed.
This post has been included in Anmol Mehta’s Best of New Age, Yoga & Meditation Articles & Blog Carnival.