I walked from the chilling outdoors into a warm, welcoming house. Candles were lit, tea was made, fuzzy blankets were laid out for anybody who wanted one. I was greeted with kindness and a smile when I stepped inside.
There were three people in the class other than the instructor and me.
We all picked a chair for our relaxation practice. I picked a red chair- one of those that you can rest your head on the sides of. I grabbed a soft purple blanket and reclined my chair.
The meditation began. It was delivered in three different sections: guided relaxation, imagery, and love and kindness.
In this section, the class was instructed to tighten parts of our body and release them. We started from our toes ending at the top of our heads.
“you may feel like you are melting into your chair” “release all the tension, let go”, our instructor told us gently.
Although worries about my day and future came in and out of my mind, I felt very relaxed. Deep breathing, heavy body. I don’t know if I could’ve gotten out of my chair at that point.
In this part, the instructor read a story to us and guided us through it.
In this process, a lot of the story’s details were up to us. It was a guided imagery that had us envision our inner self.
“What colors do you see?”
“What is being said?”
“ What do the people look like?”
This was the hardest one for me. I kept switching what I was seeing because I kept overthinking what I was supposed to be seeing instead of just letting the images flow. I think this part takes a lot of practice.
Love and Kindness
The was the last part..now this part made me very emotional.
The instructor guided us to imagine two people on either side of us: it could be a family member who you know loves you unconditionally, a trusted friend, or a spiritual being who you know protects you.
You imagine them sending you love and then you send them love back. This overwhelmed me with emotion. I’m not sure why.
Afterwards, she guided us to picture all of our loved ones (past and present) surrounding us and doing the same thing- getting their love and sending love to them.
We also had to do this with two other groups of people in our lives- people we felt neutral about and someone we didn’t particularly like.
At the end, she had us picturing the world and giving it a hug and wishing everyone love and happiness. I can’t describe how I felt in this moment- almost as though a weight had been lifted but again it was indescribable.
What do I think about guided meditation?
I think everyone should definitely give it a try. It feels really good and even if you try once it can give you tools to practice meditation on your own.
My favorite by far was the love and kindness at the end. This is one I want to put into my daily practice. I think depending on what you want to work on in your meditation one type might resonate with you more than others.