Author Topic: Could listening to a guided meditation can help to boost mindfulness?  (Read 28 times)

Ysa@29

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Namaste!
 I just want to know if listening to a guided meditation can help to boost mindfulness. Mindfulness meditation practice sometimes hard to do it alone. I tried to research in youtube then I found this,
 https://youtu.be/nsH3ApYMj8E,
 and this
https://youtu.be/vY1SAI8mqzw
and a lot more... Now, how will you boost mindfulness( or being aware of what is arising) with the help of guided meditation?

Thanks in advance for the tips! :)
« Last Edit: May 20, 2019, 02:43:50 PM by Ysa@29 »

raushan

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From my experience guided meditation in Buddhism isn't recommended. If you want to start the meditation there is very clear instructions written for the meditation which is written by one of the member of this forum. You can find at the home page of this forum. I would suggest to do that.

Guided meditation can be helpful for the beginners but as you progress you should do without any guidance.

Goofaholix

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It's helpful for beginners, and it's often practiced in groups to help get people settled in or to help them try new techniques.

I wouldn't recommend it as a long term practice though, and when listening to the instructions if you want to practice mindfulness then I think the primary object to be mindful of is then the listening.

stillpointdancer

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To use a sports analogy, say golf, you learn a couple of basic skills, practice them until you have developed them to a stage where they will let you become a more successful golfer, and then you see how useful they are in all the situations you find yourself in around the golf course. Mindfulness meditation such as mindfulness of breathing is a basic skill you then develop, both on the mat and out and about in everyday life.

The interesting question is why people practice mindfulness, and how they choose a programme of mindfulness practice to bring this about. I experimented with lots of things, but always came back to a few basic meditations on a regular basis.
“You do not need to leave your room. Remain sitting at your table and listen. Do not even listen, simply wait, be quiet, still and solitary. The world will freely offer itself to you to be unmasked, it has no choice, it will roll in ecstasy at your feet.” Franz Kafka