Even if you’ve never meditated before, you have probably experienced the relaxing effects of just sitting down quietly and focusing on breathing in – and breathing out. Calming down after (or in the middle of) a stressful day, or focusing in the morning – before your day begins.
Manta rays have a similar calming effect on people to meditating – so why not combine the power of meditation with the magic of manta rays?
In a heartfelt collaboration with seasoned meditation teacher and happiness coach Amanda Weber, we’ve created a series of visual meditations with manta rays for different occasions. Experience the first (free) mediation video here –> Manta Ray Meditations
How mindfulness and meditation work to relax your mind – even if you don’t have time for it.
According to this article in Healthline, there are dozens of positive effects associated with meditation. A few of those are
- Meditating (even occasionally) reduces stress – as well as reducing symptoms in people with stress-triggered medical conditions
- Meditating regularly can help reduce anxiety and related mental health issues like social anxiety, phobias and OCD
- Mindfulness meditation can lead to an improved self-image and a more positive outlook on life
- Meditating can help you understand yourself better, so you can grow into your best self
- Mindfulness meditation for at least four days in a row lengthens your attention span
- Meditation can help you relax your body and help you fall asleep easier – as well as increase your sleep quality
- Blood pressure decreases during meditation, and if you meditate regularly it can reduce strain on the heart and arteries.
The effects of mindfulness meditation have been thoroughly researched – another example is this article about the neuroscience of meditation.
The benefits of visual guided meditations
Most people wanting to try meditation start out with guided relaxation exercises. This is a process in which someone talks you through the steps to relax your mind and body, and helps you stay focused. When you’re just getting started with mindfulness meditation, having someone to guide you through helps you get acquainted with different techniques and effects.
Most guided meditations are audio-only: participants close their eyes and listen to the guide’s voice, not letting any visual distractions in.
Visual meditations are also available and help you focus on what’s happening in the video – while listening to that same voice to guide you to a more relaxed state.
Guided meditations or relaxation exercises exist in many forms: there are exercises to help you manage anxiety, relax your mind, relax your body, fall asleep, release stress, mentally prepare for the day ahead, and many other purposes. Once you find a guided meditation that works for you, you can use it again and again – every time you’re in that particular situation.
Some guided meditations need you to be in a peaceful surrounding – while others can be done anywhere, even behind your desk at the office.
To me, this sounds like a daily practice we can all benefit from during these challenging times.
How manta rays can help you get grounded
Manta rays have an incredible healing effect on people who meet them – both physical and emotional.
But not everyone can just drop everything, travel to Hawaii and go for a swim with manta rays.
In my years as a camerawoman, sharing images of manta rays and other marine life with the world, I discovered that the relaxing effect of manta rays even works on video. Although the impact is not as profound as swimming with manta rays in real life, people love watching their elegance and flow while focusing on breathing, releasing stress or acquiring positive thoughts.
Visual meditations with manta rays
Amanda and I are simply ecstatic and giggly to share Manta Ray Meditations with you!
The digital album includes
- A relaxation exercise
- A morning meditation
- A meditation practice to release stress
- A gratitude exercise
- A midday balance break for busy and stressful days
- A meditation to find joy
- A meditation to help you fall asleep
- And a “music & manta rays only” video (no guided meditation): calming music and beautiful images to immerse yourself in.