Meditation is not necessarily clearing your mind of all thought or having an empty mind. Rather it is directed concentration, bringing to a center, focusing your attention to something so intently, that the mind chatter falls away and you can feel calm and peaceful. It may be focusing on your breath (which is always with you) or gazing at a beautiful sunset, taking in the beauty of that one moment, without thinking about the future, or the past, focusing so intently on that present moment, that your thoughts stop wandering and your mind is still.
Creating balance through attention to your breathing, guided meditation, and visualization will slow heart rate, lower blood pressure, lower cortisol levels, and strengthen the immune system. These practices also increase the release of the “feel good” chemicals in your brain, like beta endorphins which help us to feel calm and relaxed. We all have more drugs in our brain than any drug company could ever make and meditation is one way to release those brain chemicals that make us feel good and promote better health.
The following guided meditations will assist you in beginning a meditation practice.
Track 1: Introduction to Meditation Practice
Track 2: Beginning Meditation
Track 3: Breathing Meditation (without background music)
Track 4: Body Flame Meditation (incorporates background music)
Bonnie Groessl, MSN, is a holistic nurse practitioner, best-selling author, international podcaster and success coach. She is recognized as an expert in helping people attain their goals by focusing on clarity, mindset and identifying the most effective ways to achieve desired outcomes.
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Always make sure to listen in a safe environment. Do not listen to guided medication recordings while driving a car or operating any kind of machinery.
*This audio is not a substitute for professional medical advice, diagnosis or treatment.