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Led Meditations

As some of us need a lead to dharma gold ... we can engage with a routine of daily yoga nidra, led meditations. Somewhere between the breath and the mind/body ...

Here is one to set you up ...

Any led meditations? ... or do you prefer ... nothing but yourself?

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  • ShoshinShoshin No one in particular Nowhere Special Veteran

    Any led meditations? ... or do you prefer ... nothing but yourself?

    I prefer to mind my own business :)

    Bunkslobster
  • BunksBunks Australia Veteran

    A bit of both for me. Sometimes I need a little help 😏🤓

  • KeromeKerome Did I fall in the forest? Europe Veteran

    I like a guided meditation once in a while, but often they don’t settle me in the same way as does meditation on the breath. The one is about directing the mind, the other about calming the mind altogether.

  • karastikarasti Breathing Minnesota Veteran

    I do both. I find guided meditation invaluable for working through and contemplating things When they are well done anyways, as some of them are just..there and have little substance to them. I also use brief guided meditations when I am waiting for a kid or whatever. I quite like Buddify for that, and find the non-American accents calming. I enjoy that they are set up for various situations. I did a guided meditation with my yoga teacher about forgiveness a few weeks ago that has allowed me to release baggage I've carried since childhood. Wonderful.

    I think that for me doing non-guided meditations helps me to process the guided ones better. I have to use the guided ones for a purpose rather than a distraction.

    lobster
  • DhammaDragonDhammaDragon Carpe Diem switzerland Veteran

    I like guided meditations occasionally for, let's say, working with the chakras or doing an overall yoga nidra to relax each part of the body.

    But in general, I find them distracting and almost as if defeating the purpose of meditation.
    In my opinion, the idea is to empty our monkey mind's cup, not finding a substitute pacifier to keep feeding it conceptual peanuts.

  • CarlitaCarlita Riding the waves! United States Veteran

    @lobster said:
    As some of us need a lead to dharma gold ... we can engage with a routine of daily yoga nidra, led meditations. Somewhere between the breath and the mind/body ...

    Here is one to set you up ...

    Any led meditations? ... or do you prefer ... nothing but yourself?

    I do anaylitical led meditations. Breathing mostly after but I cant learn to apply The Budddha's teachings if I cant think about them during meditation. It helps cause during the day I can reflect on what I learned about myself and it leds to a better nonguided meditation as a result.

  • Thanks everyone.
    Both (led and more traditional formal) that many advocate is a good option. One enhancing the other.

    So for example
    a free course of MBSR/mindfulness meditation
    https://palousemindfulness.com/index.html
    ... and?
    Loads here, some as short as a minute. No time to meditate? Pah!
    http://headintheclouds.typepad.com/head_in_the_clouds/links-to-free-online-guided-meditations.html
    https://m.youtube.com/user/expandcontract

  • SpinyNormanSpinyNorman It's still all old bollocks Veteran

    I have found them useful when being introduced to new practices, but a distraction subsequently.

    lobsterFoibleFull
  • SnakeskinSnakeskin Texas, USA Explorer

    I've always looked forward to pre-sleep euphoria, but I've never heard of yoga nidra. I checked out Michael Sealey's youtube channel. "Conscious Fantasy Lucid Dreaming", "Deep Trance Mind Travel". That sounds like a fun way to fall asleep.

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