Even though this video is an extreme example, the same thing is true at other levels. It’s possible for someone’s voice to grind on your nerves when you are listening to a guided meditation or attending a yoga class even if you really like the meditation or class itself. While the most spiritual and able of us could block out that annoyance, most of us don’t have that kind of strength. We get distracted and annoyed by it.
So why set yourself up for such a challenge? I don’t see a good reason for a beginner to do so. I highly encourage people to find verbal guidance which they find soothing and relaxing rather than stressful. For this reason, I have many, many guided meditations on my Spotify playlist. That particular playlist is not meant to be listened to from start to finish. Instead, it’s meant to be a sampler. If you’re looking for a new guided meditation to work with, the playlist offers you the opportunity to listen to various artists for free with no commitment. You can hear their voices and styles, and then you can find something that works well for you.
When beginning meditation, it’s really better to start with a challenge that is welcoming such as a guided meditation that you enjoy rather than torturing yourself with something that will drive you away from ever trying again. Since many of us turn to meditation for relaxation and de-stressing, shouldn’t we do everything we can to find something that helps us achieve that goal?
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