For people who are new to meditating, using guided meditations in the form of videos, CDs, MP3s, apps, or other audio, can help you stay focused and start a regular meditation practice. Guided meditations are especially helpful for people who deal with anxiety, depression, or insomnia. They help quiet the mind to focus on inner peace or to relax to help induce sleep.

Here you’ll find some of the best guided meditations divided by category to help you unwind, relax, and let go.

To successfully use a guided meditation, do the following steps:

  • Find a quiet, private location. This can be indoors or outdoors, but you’ll want to go somewhere that other people can’t disturb you.
  • Take a comfortable seated position. This can be on the floor or ground, or sitting in a chair or on a meditation bench. If you are meditating to help you sleep, you should change into your pajamas and lie in bed.
  • Use headphones or earbuds if it’s convenient. This will help block out any distractions in the outside world and let you focus on the guided meditation
  • Play the guided meditation. Just breathe and listen to the words and sounds.

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