How it Works
What is Guided Meditation?
Guided meditation is when you are guided, by a narrator, to elicit a specific change in your life. You are first guided to relax your body and mind, to help you reach a deep meditative state before going on a journey, in your mind, to reach a specific goal.
As the brain does not distinguish between an imagined event and a real one, the experience you have with a guided meditation is just like having a real experience. This has an amazing effect on your life due to the way the brain works.
“the brain does not distinguish between an imagined event and a real one”
There are many studies that show that practicing something in your mind is almost as good as practicing it in real life.
The beauty of a guided meditation is that you can bring about change in your body by using your mind, and that means activating muscles, changing your biological state, and even changing the way the cells in your body work.
Sounds too amazing to be true! We have researched guided meditation for years now, and spent over a year developing the downloads and MP3s to perfect them, in order for them to get the change you desire in your life.
All you have to do is listen for twenty minutes per day to bring about the change you desire.
How Guided Meditation Works
Guided meditation is an extremely powerful way of eliciting change in your life, due to the nature of the way the brain works.
When you experience something in real life your brain changes it's neural pathways, and will pass on information to your subconscious mind to store for future use.
For example if you wanted to become great at learning languages, your brain has already stored previous experiences of you trying to learn a language. If the experience was good you will be better at learning, if your experience was bad the chances are it will be very difficult to learn a new language. What guided meditation helps to do is reprogram your mind by directly accessing your subconscious mind and give it a new, better experience.
Your brain does not distinguish between a real event and an imagined event. So if you imagine something in your mind, your brain takes it that you've actually experienced what you were imagining and forms new neural pathways to be stored for future use.
“This has huge implications in the field of personal development as there is really no limits what we can achieve”
What's really exciting is that studies have shown that when we are trying to get better at sports and we imagine practicing the sport in our mind, the muscles in your body are being activated and actually strengthen as a result. This has huge implications in the field of personal development as there is really no limits what we can achieve.
What guided meditation does is give you an new, better experience by having a narrator guide you through a scene in your mind. These scenes are always positive and will change your brain’s neural pathways to install a great experience for you.
What Is In Each Download and CD?
All the guided meditations at GuidedMind last for around 20 minutes. This was a conscious decision as we know that everyone is extremely busy and we wanted you to have an amazing experience without spending too much time. 20 minutes per day is all it takes to help you change your life. The exception to this are our sleep downloads which last for 30 minutes.
There are three sections to each guided meditation:
1. Relaxing Meditative Session
In the first section you will be given a complete mind and body relaxation session.
This will help you to reach the meditative state required to access your subconscious mind.
2. Visualization Deepener Session
This session will guided you through a beautiful scene in order to strengthen your visualization skills.
It will also allow you to go deeper into the meditative state in preparation for the next session.
3. Life Goal Session
The last session is where you will be guided through a specific scene in order to reach a desired goal in your life.
It is here that the magic really happens, and depending on your goal, you will start to see results within a few days.
Where Does the Meditation Part Come in?
In every guided meditation we do here, you are given a complete mind and body relaxation session. With this deep relaxation session you are guided to relax every part of your body, which will help you brain to reach deep meditative states.
We've all heard about the many benefits of meditation, so we have incorporated a deep meditative experience into each of our guided mediations.
Our brainwaves, electrical activity in our brains which can be measured, are constantly active, even during sleep. There are 4 basic brain-wave oscillation patterns: Delta, Theta, Alpha, Beta.
Delta waves (0.1-3.9 Hz) are associated with deep and dreamless sleep and the release of human growth hormone. Theta waves (4.0-7.9 Hz) are associated with REM sleep (dreaming), the production of catecholamines (hormones made from tyrosine and released during stress), and increased creativity. Alpha waves (8.0-13.9 Hz) are connected with relaxation, focus, wakefulness and the production of serotonin, a neurotransmitter in the brain and gut that modulates mood, sleep, sexuality, aggression, and anger. Beta waves (14.0-30 Hz) are associated with concentration, arousal, alertness, and cognition but also anxiety, unease, fight and flight.
Relaxing, calm and in control
In this fast paced world a lot of us spend our time in the beta brainwave stage, and seem to be running at 100 miles per hour, and we're constantly switched on and increasing our stress levels, which is harmful to our bodies and our minds.
Meditation helps you to reach the Alpha and Theta brainwave patterns, which is much more relaxing and can help us deal with day to day life in a much more calm, controlled and focused way. It has also been shown to have benefits for us physically, mentally, emotionally and spiritually.
At GuidedMind we can use this deep state of focused relaxation to help reach the subconscious mind, and help you to reprogram your mind for success. So you get all the benefits of meditation and also get to reach your life goals with the guided narration in each of our MP3s and CDs.
Pay attention! Here comes the science bit
We’re often asked why guided meditation is so effective, so we’d like to give you a little science behind guided meditation, and why it benefits you so much.
If you think of your mind as being an MP3 player, with hundreds of songs uploaded. All the songs on this MP3 player represent a program that dictates the way you think, act and behave in certain situations. These programs have been installed since your childhood and more added as you’ve aged.
So, for example if you were told, as a child that you were no good at maths, a program has been installed in your subconscious mind telling you that you’re no good at maths. Years later as an adult, someone asks you how to do a calculation for something, you quickly tell them ‘Oh, I don’t know I’m no good at maths.’ Your brain doesn’t even try the calculation as it takes it for granted that you’ll never be able to do it as you’re no good at maths.
“the programs have not only been written and stored in the brain, but stored in the very cells of your body”
The fascinating part about all of this is that the programs have not only been written and stored in the brain, but stored in the very cells of your body. The brain has literally created a path, a neural network, to coordinate your actions based on environmental factors, which speaks to the cells in your body.
If you stop to think about the implications of this for a second, you’ll realize that our genes do not determine who we are; it’s the images we create in our minds of ourselves that determine who we are.
We have thousands of programs written into our subconscious mind, and each program will determine how we think, act and behave in any given situation. The trouble is, it’s extremely difficult to change these programs without some type of way to access the subconscious mind to rewrite the programs, and make a new neural pathway that will communicate effectively with the cells and genes in our body.
Guided meditation has the power to reach your subconscious mind, by feeding it images, sounds, and directing your imagination to experience all your senses, thereby giving your brain an experience of what feels like a real experience. When you have a real experience new neural pathways are made that affect your whole body, so when you listen to a guided meditation from GuidedMind your are literally rewiring your brain to form new neural pathways for your future success.