Recently, someone described guided relaxation meditation to me as boring. She could do the angel meditation because there was something to do in it, but now guided relaxation meditation. She rushed through the body and breathing part of the meditation and then was bored. Since then, I've been thinking about this, a lot.
Allowing yourself to let go and relax means being able to focus on your big toe for 5, 10 or 60 minutes and not feel any urge to move on. It means been so comfortable with yourself and so at ease with peace and silence that there's no rushing through anything. There's just being.
When I'm deeply relaxed, I feel so calm. My body is calm. My mind is calm. My emotions are calm. When the mind is in control saying "Right we've scanned our body, released tension, and now we're relaxed". True relaxation means giving the mind some time-off, teaching it that right now, you don't have anything to do, so you might as well do nothing.
I'll be honest with you, it scares me when I hear people can't relax. That they allow their mind to be in control, that it calls the shots, when there's another part of you that wants to switch off. I understand that, in a way, the mind is doing it's job, being protective by keeping busy. But, what's there to be protected from when you are so deeply, and wonderfully calm and relaxed?
Just like the body needs rest and relaxation for good physical health, the mind needs rest and relaxation for good mental health. The mind needs to learn that it is ok to be quiet and not do anything for 30-40 minutes, the usual length of a guided meditation.
So, when you sit down to do a guided meditation, what are you aiming for? Relaxation with a busy mind, or relaxation with a calm mind?
When the mind learns to switch off, it becomes easier to hear the quieter voice of the intuition. This is a voice that knows exactly where we need to go, and the easiest path to get there.
For me, that's why relaxation with a calm mind is a daily goal.
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