U.S. doctors online nowAsk doctors free
A 43-year-old member asked:

Difference between meditation, guided imagery?

2 doctor answers9 doctors weighed in
Dr. Missid Ghanem
Clinical Psychology 26 years experience
Breath vsImagination: Meditation: a mental technique, focused on breathing, repetitively practiced for the purpose of attaining a subjective experience that is frequently described as very restful, silent, & of heightened alertness, often characterized as blissful. Guided imagery: more active & proactive, though gentle but powerful technique that focuses and directs the imagination.
Dr. Martin Rossman
Holistic Medicine 53 years experience
One point vs process: Meditation is a state of relaxed focus concentration, most commonly on a single focus, be it breath, mantra, counting, a light, a body part, etc. An image can be the focus of attention. Guided imagery is a more active, often process or problem-solving focus on the unconscious process as displayed via imagery.

Related questions

A 45-year-old member asked:
Does anybody know anything about guided imagery and does it work?
1 doctor answer7 doctors weighed in
A 40-year-old member asked:
Will guided imagery help me get rid of my night terrors?
2 doctor answers10 doctors weighed in
A 35-year-old member asked:
Can guided imagery help cancer patients cope with chronic pain?
3 doctor answers7 doctors weighed in
A 21-year-old member asked:
What is guided imagerya nd how can it help with parkinson's?
2 doctor answers7 doctors weighed in
A 46-year-old member asked:
Can meditation improve memory and mental clarity permanently?
2 doctor answers3 doctors weighed in
Last updated Nov 28, 2017

People also asked

Connect with a U.S. board-certified doctor by text or video anytime, anywhere.
24/7 visits - just $39!
50% off with $15/month membership

Disclaimer:

Content on HealthTap (including answers) should not be used for medical advice, diagnosis, or treatment, and interactions on HealthTap do not create a doctor-patient relationship. Never disregard or delay professional medical advice in person because of anything on HealthTap. Call your doctor or 911 if you think you may have a medical emergency.