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Guided Meditation Services in Utah

Guided Meditation Services in Utah

Guided meditation is the use of a mantra, script, or other verbal stimulus to help an individual reach a meditative state. It may be accomplished through live voicing or a recorded program. This verbal messaging typically provides instruction on focusing our attention and becoming more aware of our thoughts without trying to control them.

This verbal direction is not necessary for meditation. In fact, silent rather than guided meditation may deliver more powerful mental health benefits. Several techniques can be used in either a guided or unguided session. With breathing meditation, for example, you can focus on your breath on your own or take breathing instructions from the guide. You can learn more about the general use and benefits of meditation here, or you can read more about how to meditate on your own here.


What about Music?

Many people listen to music when they meditate. This is fine as a general relaxation technique, but meditation as a discipline discourages it. This doesn’t mean you have to sit in complete silence, especially if the idea doesn’t sit well with you. A CD of soothing sounds or pure ambient noise are both options for meditation, though you probably shouldn’t count on chirping birds or ocean waves to drown out your kids’ screaming in the next room.


Why Guided Meditation?
Many people find guided meditation provides an easier path to a meditative state, especially at first. Individuals with racing thoughts, active minds, and an inpatient disposition may find it difficult to stay in the present moment and quiet their mind even with practice. These individuals may find it easier to concentrate on someone else’s soothing voice, rather than their own breath or thought patterns. A verbal guide may also help facilitate the benefits of meditation toward a specific goal—a reduction in anxiety or stress, for example. Likewise, verbal cues may add an element of suggestibility and hypnosis—one more way the mind’s power can be harnessed for better mental health.


Meditation Centers vs. Free Online Programming

There are advantages to visiting a Utah meditation center with a live-voice guide. For one thing, an expert will listen to your goals and priorities and be able to pick out a personalized program to fit these priorities. As you learn to describe your experience of meditating, the expert can provide feedback and tips for future sessions. Moreover, despite best intentions, some people simply can’t shake an intrusive sense of embarrassment and silliness when they try to meditate. Seeking out a meditation center is a great way to maintain an earnest attitude about the process. An appointment is also a great excuse to set aside a good chunk of time and stick to it.

That said, you don’t need to seek out a center in order to engage in and benefit from guided meditation. If you like to learn things on your own, if you have a safe quiet place in which to meditate, and/or if you’re short on cash, these free online sites should serve you well:

UCLA Mindful Awareness Research Center

The Art of Living

The Chopra Center


Meditation as Complementary Therapy

For those interested in meditation as a treatment for a specific mental health problem, we recommend you first speak with a licensed mental health therapist. Many therapists are themselves trained in a number of meditation techniques. Plus, this professional can provide a wider context for understanding your problem, as well as more comprehensive therapy services to improve your quality of life.

This doesn’t mean meditation centers have no place. Many individuals see a therapist for talk therapy but prefer to seek guided meditation from someone who “does nothing but meditation.” If a lack of mental health is causing you serious disruptions, the best plan is to marshal as many resources as feasible.



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