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Forest Hammock – Guided Meditation

Let our guide take you on a relaxing journey in your mind.  Feel all your stress and anxiety melt away when you find yourself in a rich forest, with a soft burbling stream, and a comfortable hammock waiting just for you.

This video contains no binaural beats or isochronic tone.

Tips for listening to guided meditations:

  • Make sure you are in a comfortable place where you won’t be disturbed.
  • Make sure you are not too hot or cold. Usually, a light blanket will help.
  • Follow along with the guide as best you can.  It’s okay to fall asleep or lose track of what the guide is saying.
  • Do not drive or operate heavy equipment while listening to any guided meditation.
  • Do not play while bathing, swimming or while sitting in a hot tub. pool or bath.

A lot of us feel stress every day.

Normally we experience what’s called Acute Stress which is short term and goes quickly away.  Acute stress is usually caused by stress factors called “Stressors” such as when you have a sudden scare like when a bee flies in your face or a spider is next to you.  Stressors trigger your fight or flight response.

Chronic stress, however, is one of the most dangerous states for us to be in.  Chronic stress can cause serious health problems including hidden problems like:

  • Heart Disease
  • High blood pressure
  • Autoimmune Disease

But stress can also present itself as physical symptoms such as:

  • Weight gain or loss
  • Obesity
  • Diarrhea or constipation
  • Frequent aches and pains
  • Sexual problems
  • Menstrual problems
  • Trouble sleeping
  • Depression or anxiety
  • Headaches

Someone under chronic stress could experience:

  • Angry outbursts
  • Feelings of being overwhelmed
  • Irritability or anger
  • Sadness or depression
  • Social withdrawal
  • Changes in sex drive
  • Fatigue
  • Chest pain
  • Lack of motivation and focus

Chronic stress can be brought on by stressors such as those relating to money problems, difficulties with school or work, and unhappy relationships. It brings on feelings of frustration, anger, nervousness, or hopelessness.

Amazingly, we don’t consider chronic stress as a factor when we experience the above symptoms.  Most of the time we blame an illness such as colds, flu, even allergies as the cause.

More and more studies are finding that daily meditation practice is important for lowering stress and anxiety, decreasing blood pressure, improving sleep, and your overall health.

Guided meditations can be a great tool to use when you incorporate them into your everyday routine. It’s a perfect way to relax and it allows your mind to focus on what the guide is saying rather than letting your mind wander as it will. It’s also an excellent way to help with visualization and lets you achieve a more relaxed state while engaging your imagination.

Some guided meditations can help you become aware of the specific areas in your body that you commonly hold stress.  The head-to-toe or toe-to-head relaxation techniques at the beginning of each guided meditation allows you to relax each area of your body systematically.  By doing this you can gain a more insightful look into how your body holds on to stress and how you can learn to focus on those specific areas to release tension quickly.  Releasing tension in your body will relieve stress and help you to relax naturally.  Consciously releasing tension on a daily basis will help you become happier and healthier.

But don’t that’s not all.  Guided meditations are just a small part of becoming more relaxed and stress-free. There are so many ways to meditate and it doesn’t require you to spend a lot of time doing it.  Just taking five minutes a day to stop and breathe goes a long way to helping reduce chronic stress.  Studies also show that soft, soothing music is one of the best ways to reduce stress, lower your heart rate, blood pressure, and reduce your cortisol levels.

Disclaimer:

Guided meditations have been proven to be a safe and effective way of reducing stress, pain, and helping achieve a more relaxing state. However, as with any audio that contains hypnotic, meditative, or deeply relaxing material or subject matter, you should consult with your doctor to make sure it is safe for you to use.

As with any meditative material or subject matter, do not drive or operate heavy machinery or equipment. Guided meditations are for entertainment purposes only and are not intended to replace any medical treatment.  Never use in place of your doctor’s prescribed treatment.

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