Guided meditations are AMAZING. They are so helpful in de-stressing you, healing you, helping you manifest dreams, helping you start the day right, helping you to get back on track mentally; I could go on and on.
I listen to at least one guided meditation a day, usually at night before I go to sleep. My favorite guided meditations are usually around 20 minutes long, and they all help to instantly relax and re-center me.
Meditation has huge health benefits. If more people meditated, we would see less need for prescription anxiety and depression drugs. Meditation is like yoga: it has all around benefits for your mental, emotional, and physical health. The benefits are truly overwhelming; everything from heightened immunity, lowered depression/stress/anxiety levels, lowered blood pressure, higher self-esteem, improved breathing, increased focus, and less emotional eating and smoking to name just a few. We need meditation like we need physical movement and vibrant foods. We thrive when we practice it. (Check out this article on 76 Scientific Benefits of Meditation to see all of the benefits from regular meditation).
I now crave meditation when I have to go without it. I can feel the anxiety, negativity, and overwhelment of life start to creep back up on me if I go several days without being able to meditate.
There is no wrong way to meditate and I recommend that everyone follow what feels best to them. I personally prefer guided meditations because they help me focus, visualize, and give me perspective over any situation in my life. You will notice that I have a lot of meditations from Abraham/Esther Hicks because everything they say just re-centers me like nothing else. These are my favorite guided meditations:
I love this meditation to start the day out right, especially if I had a rough day the day before. It reminds me that each day is a new, fresh start and that I am a deliberate creator of my life.
This meditation can really be for any time of day, but it’s my OVERALL FAVORITE out of all of the meditations and the one I listen to most often, and since I do my self-care routine at night, it’s the time that I most often listen to this meditation.
It’s perfection. It goes over everything you need to focus on in order to let go, feel grateful, forgive, and manifest. It has 6 phases and is 21 minutes long. If there’s one meditation I would recommend, it would be this one.
Some nights when I feel like focusing in on something I’m wanting to manifest in my life, I will listen to this meditation. It will help you to visualize and feel what you want as if it’s already happened, and to have faith that it is now in the process of coming to you.
Sometimes, we may find ourselves in a situation where we’re really worried or scared about money, or we’d like to feel better about money in general and release resistant beliefs and feelings around it. This is my favorite meditation for any of those things. I have found this meditation helps me move from a level of income that I’ve been stuck at for some time and allows me to let go and let more in.
A little added visualization I like to do when listening to this meditation is seeing money gently falling from my ceiling on top of me while I’m laying in bed. It just keeps coming down gently and easily, flowing to me without me having to do anything.
With awareness constantly being placed upon dis-ease and sickness in our world, it is very easy to become anxious about our own health. We’re worried about what we’re eating, what we’re breathing, what’s genetically in our cells that could pop up at any moment and take us down (or that is currently in our “reality” already). This is my favorite meditation that helps me to remember that physical well-being is our natural state of being, and that our cells are constantly regenerating. Our minds are deeply powerful and can heal our bodies once we’re able to let go of limiting beliefs.
Oh, this meditation is so amazing at shifting your perspective and improving relationships with others in your life. Sometimes I get so focused in on what my husband or anyone else in my life does that just irritates the hell out of me, but what we focus on just amplifies whatever is annoying us! This meditation will help you to shift your focus and perspective around others in your life, which in turn will manifest improved relationships even when we think it isn’t possible.
I mentioned my favorite nighttime meditation above, but this meditation is my favorite for those nights when I’m very tired, or when I’m overwhelmed and just want to go to sleep. It helps me feel grateful, at ease, like I have nothing to do, and that my vibration will be resetting while I sleep.
I am a stay-at-home mom with two little boys, and some days are just really hard. Some days, I lose my patience and react to them in a way that is deeply regretful to me. Once they’re in the bed for the night, I may cry in the shower or go to bed with tears in my eyes thinking back on that moment in the day where I wish I could go back and change it all. This is my most favorite meditation for a hard parenting day. It is extremely healing every single time I listen to it.
How I Meditate
All of these meditations are free and on YouTube. Since I can’t turn my phone off completely while a YouTube video is playing, I simply turn it over so I don’t see the screen, put in my headphones and close my eyes while listening. I am usually always laying down in my bed since it’s the most natural way for me personally to meditate.
There is really no right or wrong way to meditate. The goal is to let go of any problems or stress that you are focusing on, and let your mind open up to a higher level of expansion or perspective.
My Favorite Meditation Accessories
I don’t have many meditation accessories besides my bed, phone and headphones, but I would suggest anything that helps sooth you, such as incense and low lighting. Both of these things help me to feel like the time being spent meditating is more sacred.
I already have all of these meditations (except Rebecca’s) saved on a YouTube list which you can follow here. I hope you found this post helpful. I would love to know of any guided meditations that you’ve found! Please leave your comments or questions in below.
Jessica Dimas is the author of Anything Can Be: A Reference Guide for Applying the Law of Attraction. Connect with her on Facebook and Instagram for more inspiration and updates.