In my work as a meditation matchmaker, I advise my clients not to rely
on memory, but to use either self-guided scripts or commercially
recorded media. Each of these has its pros and cons, and it's largely
a matter of personal choice.
Taping your own scripts is very inexpensive, especially if you borrow
books from the public library. And because not all guided meditations
in print have been rendered into sound, you have a much wider
selection from which to choose. Also, you know what you're getting
with the voice and the accent. Building your own guided meditation
library involves more work, of course, but generating the intention to
evolve or heal oneself, then following through with effort sets up a
powerful vibration of spiritual self-sufficiency. So does being taught
and guided by your own voice, and this energy builds on itself each
time you perform the meditation. Additionally, the sound of your own
voice adds dimensions of intimacy and immediacy that are often missing
with commercially produced recordings.
But what if you don't like the sound of your own voice on tape? Many
people don't. Vanity issue or no, if such a distaste is going to
present a hindrance, prerecorded media are the way to go. They are
also the obvious choice for those who don't have time to make their
own recordings. The sound quality is superior, and the guided
meditation experience seems more "shared" -- which at some level it
is, since other people out there are meditating to the same tape,
albeit at different times.
The recommended guided meditations in the Mental Yentl Database
consist of both make-your-own and prerecorded media, grouped by issue.
If you want to email me privately and identify those issues you are
working with in therapy, I'll be happy to recommend (free of charge)
guided meditation material in those specific categories.
For `Mental Yentl, the Meditation Matchmaker,'
Rev. Sue Annabrooke Jones
CosmicLotus.org: a Cyberministry