A Guided Meditation Class in NYC with Anita Celeste at Empress.One & VitaminR
Anita Celeste sets the scene. Lights are dim, 12 chairs in a circle, 12 candles lit up in the center, an array of tarot cards on the table and the feeling of calmness.
Each person present giving themselves the gift of 1 hour to relax, retreat and go within to find some peace from the chaos of their lives and the New York City holiday season.
Celia Lapin, VitaminR’s Essential Oils expert and attendee shared afterwards, “I loved the meditation. It helped me feel more present and grounded. I loved the ambiance it created in the room. Calm, serene and trusting.
My Journey with Guided Meditation
I met Anita Celeste, the class facilitator, a few years back. A friend told me about her work because it seemed aligned with what I was doing with Inspirality. She was offering a Creative Guided Meditation Journey that incorporated art and writing, which totally appealed to me! The session became the gateway to my first guided meditation experience.
Her process was transformational, at a time that I was professionally burnt-out and unfulfilled. I knew I needed to get quiet and go within to find the answers and figure out what’s next.
Through the meditation experience I gained personal insights, wisdom and discovered parts of myself that I still check in and consult with today. It made me realize that meditation was a way to organically find answers to questions.
Even though my practice isn’t always consistent, I do tend to meditate when I’m in the midst of creating something new — whether it be asking for a raise or promotion, changing careers, or starting a business.
I’ve learned getting quiet is key because there’s always going to be outside challenges, forks in the road, confusion and disappointments that come up, but taking the time to get quiet and go within to find the answers is one tool to use to forge ahead. Because within that space of quietness, we can find the answers.
What is Guided Meditation?
Guided meditation is quite simply, meditation with a guide either in a class setting or audio guided. Most meditations have themes that focus on different aspects of your life, like self confidence, relief from anxiety, positive thinking, personal empowerment, goal setting, etc. each designed to improve different aspects of your life.
Typically, your meditation guide will ask you to sit comfortably or perhaps even lie down. You’ll then tune into your guide’s voice as they lead you through a series of calming visualizations. As the meditation progresses, you’ll begin to gradually relax, your inner chatter starts to calm down, stress melts away and your mind becomes clearer.
While you’re in this relaxed state, your subconscious mind opens up to more positive suggestions which is when your guide takes you deeper into an inner exploration. Within this space, you can get really present to new personal insights that lead to fresh perspectives and inspiration.
How does Guided Meditation Help?
As busy New Yorkers, we always have 10,000 things going on at once – job, family, friends, finances, health – joining in on a Guided Meditation (in person or audio) is an easy way to get yourself into a state of deep relaxation and quiet down the inner chatter. Other positive effects of Guided Meditation are:
- De-stresses your mind and body
- Heightens your appreciation of life
- Helps to manage and prevent anxiety (here & here)
- Increases concentration and creativity
A consistent Guided Meditation practice can lead you to overall positive personal changes as those mentioned above. Participants state that after experiencing a guided meditation they feel refreshed, rejuvenated and relaxed.