Meditation is a practice that involves an individuals attempt to train the mind or induce a particular state of consciousness. The purposes of meditation are many but typically include realizing some benefit physically, mentally, emotionally or spiritually. Some meditation practices train the mind to simply acknowledge its content without becoming identified with the content itself. Meditation techniques can promote relaxation, increase internal energy or life force (prana), develop qualities of gratitude, love, compassion, forgiveness, generosity and patience. Meditation has been practice since ancient times as a way to self- regulate the mind and as a religious tradition or belief. In todays society meditation is being used to ease many health concerns such as reducing high blood pressure or combating depression, fear and anxiety.
Guided Meditation involves the guidance of an instructor. There are many different approaches to guided meditation, and they have different purposes. Some have a very specific purpose, such as healing or self-improvement with goals such as creating prosperity, improving relationships, developing forgiveness or any number of other goals. Other guided meditations are more general, aimed at quieting the mind and producing calmness and relaxation. Some are designed to evoke “higher states of consciousness” or to enliven various aspects of the human energy field (for example, various “chakra” meditations).