What is guided mindfulness meditation? Quite simply, any form of guided meditation is a meditation with the assistance of a guide.
The guide maybe a person in a room speaking to a group of meditators, or reading a guided meditation, alternatively the guide maybe a CD, DVD or MP3.
The focus of a guided mindfulness meditation is to draw the meditator's attention towards a mindful perspective. This could be to focus on the breath - which is always an excellent place to start - or to reflections on various insights and teachings on mindfulness.
The meditator's mind is more open when in the deeply relaxed state of meditation, and because the thinking mind is quiet(er) the unconscious mind is more receptive to the focus of the meditation guide can operate more freely and honestly.
These and other guided mindfulness meditations by
Thich Nhat Hanh are exercises that are designed by him to bring you (the meditator) into closer touch with your body, your inner self, your family, and the world.
The over-arching objective of these (and similar exercises) is to show meditators how mindful consumption and mindful actions can help prevent suffering and develop compassion and how to connect with our highest selves.
If you are new to all this and would like to try it out for yourself, I have included several videos below - each with a slightly different approach, for example some use music and some don't, there are male and female voices, and on one video there is no voice.
Guided Mindfulness Meditation - Breath Awareness
In this video, Julie Dittmar (an internationally renowned hypnotherapist and meditation guide, sound healer, and life-long practitioner of yoga) leads this live guided meditation at a recent satsang in the Seattle, area.
As an experience of presence and relaxing energies, it serves as an exploration of your true nature.
Guided Mindfulness Meditation - Focusing On Breath Awareness