One form of meditation which has evolved more recently is that of “guided meditations”. In these meditations, either live or recorded, one is voice-guided step-by-step through a meditative experience.
There are many different approaches to guided meditation, and they have different purposes. Some have a very specific purpose, such as healing or self-improvement with goals such as creating prosperity, improving relationships, developing forgiveness or any number of other goals. Other guided meditations are more general, aimed at quieting the mind and producing calmness and relaxation. Some are designed to evoke “higher states of consciousness” or to enliven various aspects of the human energy field (for example, various “chakra” meditations).
Many guided meditations use imagery, either describing very specific images which produce certain experiences, or inviting the listener to allow their own images to appear. Others may be body-focused, for example an instruction in progressive relaxation, or there may be instructions with regard to the use of the breath.
Guided meditations invariably reflect the background and orientation of the “guide”. If a meditation guide has a background with some particular meditation tradition, that will invariably influence the style of guided meditation. They might reflect a particular religious or spiritual tradition, such as Buddhism or Christianity, since meditation in one form or another is a practice in most religions.
Meditation can be an invaluable tool for creating health and well-being, as well as personal and spiritual growth. Some people will learn practices they can use on their own, but for others, meditating with a guide may be most effective. Even those with a regular meditation practice can benefit from various forms of guided meditation.
Being guided allows for an effortlessness that may be difficult to achieve on one’s own.