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By Vanessa Camozzi on August 27, 2023
In this, in-depth article, we will show you the best-guided meditations for beginners. Meditating can give you a sense of calm, peace, and balance that can benefit both your emotional well-being and overall health. Studies show that meditation changes both the function and structure of the brain in many beneficial ways.
This daily practice can help treat pain, addiction, anxiety disorders, and depression. But it also helps you get in a really good mood and start your day off right.
According to a study by researchers at Yale, meditation helps people deal with physical pain and negative emotions. And that mindfulness — the awareness and acceptance of a situation without judgment — has been shown to have benefits in treating many conditions such as anxiety and depression.
Meditation is the new medicine. As the name says, guided meditation allows you to be guided by someone else. A guided teacher will take you through the meditation step by step. So all you have to do is breathe, relax, and let your mind go. Keep reading for our curated list of the best-guided meditations for beginners.
When starting a meditation practice, the first question you should ask yourself is if you want it to be a guided or unguided practice.
Guided meditation describes a type of meditation led by a teacher. A narrator or teacher explains the dynamics and techniques and guides you to integrate all the techniques.
Unguided meditation (also called silent meditation), allows the practitioner to customize ways in which they would like to meditate on their own. *If you are starting this journey I recommended trying guided meditation.
Think about when you want to learn something new. If you want to learn how to play tennis, you hire a tennis coach to give you lessons, when you want to learn a new language you should work with a teacher or tutor, and when you want to lose weight, you guessed it—hire a nutritionist.
When learning something new, it’s always best to have an expert there to guide you through it all and hold your hand every step of the way. So try a guided meditation through an amazing app like Insight Timer which is totally free by the way.
You have nothing to lose by trying! This habit can have life-changing benefits that is if you make it a habit and practice it as much as possible. And they have thousands of teachers to choose from.
You should meditate daily to see all the benefits. Make it an essential habit in your life, like eating, sleeping, and brushing your teeth.
When you practice meditation daily you will reap so much of rewards. We have so many tips and products for the best-guided meditations for beginners.
I meditate in the mornings. It helps set my intention for the day and puts me in a positive state of mind. But, the best time to meditate is the time that works best for you and that it doesn't feel forced.
Use essential oils as aromatherapy with your guided meditation practice. I find that it both relaxes and awakens me in the mornings. Aromatherapy uses aromatic essential oils medicinally to improve the health of the body, mind, and spirit. It enhances both my physical and emotional health.
I use lavender or jasmine essential oils when I want to relax and be in a more chill relaxed mode. When I want to be more alert I use lemon, eucalyptus, or peppermint oil. Rub the oil on your shoulders, feet, temples, and hands (with a carrier oil like coconut oil) and breath them in for all the aromatherapy benefits.
For me, it's key to use essential oils with my guided meditation. They hugely complement each other for maximum effect and benefits. Of course, experiment with different teachers, and oils for some time and see what resonates, and works best for you.
I tried many different meditation apps, and by far, think Insight Timer is the best free app offering many guided meditations. You can tune in to thousands of free talks and podcasts for life advice and inspiration, as well as music tracks to soothe your mind or help you sleep.
**DISCLAIMER** I am in no way connected to Insight Timer. I just think it’s a really useful resource and the best app I have found compared to others like Calm, Headspace, and Simple Habit.
With Insight Timer there are over 45,000 free guided meditations available. It’s completely free to download and there are no hidden costs. Many of the other apps you need to pay first to get access to. I tried Calm and found that for all the meditations I wanted to try, I had to pay upfront to “unlock” them.
Insight Timer allows you to pick and choose how long you would like to practice for and what style you'd like (e.g. body scan, loving-kindness, anxiety/stress-reducing, etc.), or set a timer and sit without guidance.
You can also choose if you want background music, I recommend choosing a meditation with background music or with binaural beats for the best-guided meditations for beginners
In addition to 45,000 free meditations, this app features meditative poetry, podcasts, and interviews with experts for anyone wanting to tap into the practice deeper.
I like the multifaceted approach those extras provided. Cost: $60 for a one-year subscription for Insight courses and other premium content. But let me tell you their free content is awesome.
After you meditate, you can choose to donate money to that teacher’s wall after you have listened. The monthly paid plan allows downloads, fast-forward, and reverse. But again the free options are amazing for the best-guided meditations for beginners.
People spend almost 3x more time on Insight Timer than many other apps that have 10x more downloads and a bazillion times more revenue, according to Insight Timers CEO Christopher Plowman. I also like that their motto is "Magic happens when you give meditation away for free. ”And let me add that Insight Timer really does seem to care about how often people return each week — ‘metrics’ that actually matter when nurturing a meditation practice.
I've had approximately 1,065 mediation sessions with a 15.7 average session time (min) and hit 4 milestones while practicing 600 days with at least one session. These are some of the analytics on my personal dashboard on Insight Timer. This practice for me has been life-changing. And I'm only just beginning!
I also filter my guided practices to have background music and lean towards deep lower-pitched voices, such as a Morgan Freeman-style voice. I have so many favorite teachers from Insight Timer that I have tried, and below are my top 5 teachers of all time and best-guided meditations for beginners.
And the closest to a calming Morgan Freeman voice that I have found would definitely be my favorite teacher David Ji. He has a huge following and leads world-class guided meditations.
Happy Meditating! Drop a comment below and tell us about your experience with meditation, do you practice? Who is your favorite teacher? Did you love our best-guided meditations for beginners? Let us know in the comments below.