We recently polled our Wild Divine purchasers, asking them the all-important question- "why did you buy our product?" The number one answer by far was, "because my therapist/doctor recommended it to me." People are seeking solutions to their dilemmas in life in various ways. But one of the rising trends comes from recognizing stress, and our body's need to find ways to relax, even if the pace in people's lives is not slowing down. The Guided Mediations and breathing techniques taught in our Healing Rhythms programs can help give people simple ways to relax, even if for just a few quick minutes in the middle of a busy day.
The easiest way to start off when practicing guided relaxation is to count your breaths as you inhale and exhale. Deep breathing relaxation methods, which involve inhaling through your nose as deeply as you can, will help your body start to relax. Hold this breath and then let it out slowly through your nose. Your heart rate will start to slow down and your muscles will start to relax. When learning relaxation meditation, remember to have a focus for the meditation. It requires work to focus your mind on one point and you must be engaged in all aspects of meditating. During relaxation meditation, all kinds of thoughts will come to mind. You have to learn how to recognize these thoughts and then dismiss them so that you are still actively involved in the guided relaxation. This is one of the main reasons why you need to choose a quiet place for meditation where you will not be interrupted by the normal sounds of your life when you are teaching yourself how to relax in this manner. Meditation for beginners will be frustrating when you can't seem to get it right the first time.
The key is to stay focused on meditating and to focus on your breathing techniques. The thoughts of frustration are ones that can take over and ruin relaxation methods for you. One great practice in meditation for beginners learning how to relax is to concentrate on the parts of the body. Start with your toes and focus on them as you feel them relax. Then move upward concentrating for a few minutes on each body part and how it relaxes. As you get to your head, your body will be completely relaxed and then you can concentrate on having a blank mind.
Our Guided Meditation leader Stephen Cope gives our Healing Rhythms users this skill in his "Daily Body Scan" meditation.