What is a guided meditation and an example of one?

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I go to a Catholic school and my teacher wants me and my class to write about a guided meditation even though she did not have enough time to explain what it was during class.

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Pascal Baylon

Look up the Spiritual Exercises of St. Ignatius of Loyola. That’s what she’s asking about.


Meditation is a mental discipline by which attempts to silence the reflexive, “thinking” mind and therefore to go into a deeper state of relaxation or awareness. Meditation often involves selecting a single point of reference (a word or phase) and focusing on that to still the mind.
Different meditative disciplines encompass a wide range of spiritual and/or psychophysical practices which may emphasize different goals — from achievement of a higher state of consciousness, to greater focus, creativity or self-awareness, or simply a more relaxed and peaceful frame of mind. Giving this sense of relaxation and peace, meditation ultimately leads people to find peace within oneself.
In mindfulness meditation, the meditator sits comfortably and silently, centering attention by focusing awareness on an object or process (such as the breath; a sound like a mantra, koan or riddle-like question; a visualization; or an exercise). The meditator is usually encouraged to maintain an open focus:
I would suggest that you start at bed time after dark. Lay on your bed, on your back, close your eyes and concentrate on (think about) your breathing. Take in breath for three seconds, hold it for three seconds and then hold it for three seconds. During this time think only of the breathing. This one form of meditation.

fuzz on the concept

A guided meditation is simply when the person meditating listens to, and follows the directions of, someone providing instructions (this can include listening to a recording).
Examples included guided visualizations, or even guided relaxation techniques. Another example would be a guided loving kindness meditation, where the person in the “guiding” role might say something like,
“Bring to your mind someone you find it easy to wish well. Picture them in your mind and say to yourself, ‘May this person be happy. May they be at peace. May they be well and free from danger.’ Now bring another person to mind, towards whom you have an effectively neutral regard. Picture them and say to yourself, “May this person be happy [etc.]’ And now bring to mind someone you experience conflict with … [and do the same thing].”

Tommy H

Meditation originates from Eastern practices such as Buddhist or Daoist belief. Read about the meditation practice in the ‘Falun Gong’ on the web. Meditation demonstration video, meditation music, and books about Falun Gong are free to download from the URL listed below. If you need any help, contact a local practitioner in your area for free instructions.
Falun Gong is a unique Buddhist School, found in 1992 by Master Li Hongzhi in China. About 100 million people practice in over 80 countries worldwide. Falun Gong is an ancient practice for the body, mind, and spirit based upon the universal principles of Truthfulness, Compassion, and Tolerance. Falun Gong consists of five sets of powerful exercises.
Falun Gong, Tibetans, other Buddhists, and Christians have been persecuted in China. The most offensive human right violation is the organ harvesting from the Falun Gong practitioners in China.


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