Mindfulness Guided Meditation
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Practicing mindfulness with the help of guided meditation can help people to increase concentration and focus, relieve feelings of stress, irritation, depression and anger, get their emotions under control, and to be more relaxed and calm.
It can be practiced by anyone of almost any age, and does not require any special tools or equipment.
- Guided Mindfulness at School:
School age children can benefit a great deal from mindfulness practice. In today's classroom, children are often bombarded and over-stimulated by a wide array of ongoing activities, people, and school tasks.
This often results in a child feeling confused, frustrated, overwhelmed, emotionally overcharged or off-balance, making it difficult to perform well, or even to concentrate. It may also lead to disruptive or poor classroom behavior.
Practicing a few moments of mindfulness in the classroom can help to calm a child, clear their mind, improve concentration, and help them to become calmer and more relaxed helping them to behave and perform better in the classroom setting.
- Guided Mindfulness at Work:
People who practice mindfulness at work find themselves able to perform work related tasks more efficiently and competently, feel less work-related stress, and get along better with co-workers and employers.
People who take a few moments to practice mindfulness guided meditation at work also feel more job satisfaction and personal achievement.
- Guided Mindfulness at Home:
Practicing mindfulness at home, can improve communication skills, form closer relationships and can even serve as a shared bonding experience for the entire family.
It can lead to less family discord and more family cooperation as it creates an atmosphere of empathy and better understanding between family members.
- How to Begin Your Own Mindfulness Practice
When first beginning mindfulness meditation, people should start out by practicing for a small period of time, about 10 minutes for adults and an age appropriate time for children.
For example, a toddler of three or four, may only be able to meditate for a minute or two, while an older child many be able to practice mindful meditation for 5 or more minutes.
There really is no right or wrong way to meditate although it is helpful for beginners to wear comfortable clothes, choose a quiet place and sit on the floor or a chair with their head up, and their shoulders back.
Focusing on breathing is one of the easiest ways to begin your mindfulness practice, but it can be done involving a variety of activities from common every day functions, to hobbies, or exercise.
Oftentimes, people find it helpful to turn the lights down low or sit in the open air. However, you can really practice mindfulness meditation anywhere as long as you can focus on being entirely in the moment.
For those who are looking for a bit more instruction in mindfulness practices and exercises there are a number of DVDs or books you can purchase as well as some free downloads on the Internet.