Life is stressful. Sometimes your schedule seems to pull you in five directions at once and leaves your thoughts scattered across your house, work and school life. Meditation is great way to get your mind back in order.
Whether you're just looking for a well-meaning gift for someone who practices or trying it out yourself, we've got the top 5 products to help get your meditation on.
You may think mediation is "all in your mind" but it's been well studied and the results are astounding. In 2014, Harvard University documented
physical changes to the brain after just 8 weeks of practiced meditation. A study
from Wake Forest University suggests meditation may help with pain and other studies cite
the benefits of giving your brain a break.
Try these products to help you or someone you love unwind.
Scent has been linked
to memory as well as instinctual functions. This may be the reason aromatherapy
is having a positive impact on health. You can use scent to encourage your own meditation efforts. Light a candle every time you meditate and the smell will calm you faster. You'll also start associating the smell to a peaceful state of mind even when you're not meditating. This allows you to be less stressful throughout the day as the scent lingers around you.
Maybe you don't have time to babysit a candle, don't want to fill the whole room with the scent or aren't in a place where open flames are allowed. These travel roll-on oils are the perfect solution. Stressful days happen at the office, school or even on vacation. They allow you to smell your favorite relaxing or uplifting scent wherever you are without worry of bothering others.
You may already know that pink rock salt lamps emit negative ions to help clean air. While the science is still out on the physical benefits on these pink lamps, setting the proper mood for meditation is important. Blue light
from phones and computers impact your sleeping patterns and harm your eyes. This salt lamp is a gentle reminder to "turn off" and enjoy something simple. The light gives your eyes and mind a break as you focus inward. It's also a beautiful way to dim the room without being in complete darkness.
Believe it or not, you don't have to sit on the floor with your legs crossed while humming to meditate - a comfy chair does just fine. But if you are on a stress-free journey that leads you to the floor, at least cushion yourself. And if you happen to join a yoga studio in a month, you'll be well prepared! Plus, using a mat for simple stretching (yoga or not) gives you a defined space for a few minutes to dwell in unoccupied by anything else like work, toys, laundry, etc. If you've got a cluttered life, this can make a huge difference. Having a defined space for meditation is another great way to keep the habit up.
It surprises nobody that I'm adding tea to this list and these blends are made for meditation! Completely organic and caffeine free, this tea helps you relax before or after your session and inspires your senses. Or just keep it on your desk at work as a little reminder to take a break
every now and then. The herbs blended into the different blends have different properties for health, relaxation or concentration so take a look and pick one that looks the most appealing.
Something that comes up in the products above is the term "chakra". We should touch on it so you know what we're talking about and help you choose the best product.
Chakra is the center of your energy and refers to the different spiritual pathways this energy takes through your body. Some products are designed to promote better opening of the pathways, giving you better insight and balance to what those pathways represent. This is a spiritual belief held by different Eastern religions but you don't need to practice religiously to use these ideas in your meditation. I've summarized the bare minimum for you. If you want to know more, I encourage you to look into it!
Crown Chakra, aka Sahasrara - The seventh chakra. Trust, Devotion, Happiness, Positivity and Wisdom. Located at the top of the head where it gets its namesake.
Third-Eye Chakra, aka Ajna - The sixth chakra. Intuition and Intellect. The chakra of the brain, located in the forehead.
Throat Chakra, aka Vishuddha - The fifth chakra. Purification of Self, Creativity, Learning and Self-Expression. Located in the throat.
Heart Chakra, aka Anahta - The fourth chakra. Balance, Calmness and Serenity. The physical center of energy, located next to the heart.
Solar Plexus, Nabhi Chakra or Manipura - The third chakra. Willpower, Achievement and Energy. Located in the navel.
Sacral Chakra, aka Svadhishthana - The second chakra. Unconscious Desires, Emotions and Sexuality. Located below the belly button, often associated with the reproductive organs.
Root Chakra, aka Muladhara - The first chakra. The Foundation of your Energy, Health and Balance. Located at the base of the spine.
Meditating and focusing on different chakra pathways is believed to help focus the mind and balance out the body's energy so you feel more grounded and stable. These pathways have long association with deifferent colors, scents and actions that help open them.
You don't have to believe in chakra to use their lessons in meditation, nor do you have to use those meditation guides at all. Experiment with different methods until you find something that works for you.
Meditation isn't substitution for medication. It's important to talk to your doctor before starting or stopping any supplement or prescription. Meditation isn't for everyone either. While there hasn't been many side-effects recorded, those with certain mental illness should be cautious and speak to a professional before starting a meditation program.
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