Meditation is becoming increasingly popular as more people across the world discover it’s benefits. Successful celebrities from Oprah to Jack Dorsey swear by even just 10 minutes a day of mindful meditation.
Ray Dalio, American Investor and Philanthropist was quoted during an interview with the Wall Street Journal a few years ago saying, “Meditation more than anything in my life was the biggest ingredient of whatever success I’ve had.”
In it’s many forms, meditation has been shown to:
- reduce anxiety
- enhance self-awareness
- promote emotional health
- lengthen attention span
- reduce age-related memory loss
- decrease blood pressure
- help fight addictions
- improve sleep.
The beautiful thing about meditation is that you can do it anywhere, as most forms don’t require specialised equipment or space. All you need is a few minutes every day to train your mind to focus and learn to redirect your thoughts. If you’re practising at home, designating a meditation zone and incorporating certain objects and tools can elevate your experience. Here’s our five top tips to take your practice to the next level.
- Breathe Easy Choose a room that’s well ventilated, open a window for fresh air or add an air purifying plant or flowers. You don’t want to be distracted by any unpleasant odours! Calming essential oils also works a treat!
- Use the Five Elements Incorporating earth, water, fire, air and ether into your practice can help you connect with nature. Choose your favourite fragranced candle and use it solely for meditation, soon it will automatically trigger a sense of peace and calm.
- Amplify Vibration with Crystals Crystals have been used since ancient times as healing tools for health, spiritual, emotional and mental clarity. They are believed to have specific vibrational frequencies that can amplify energy and take your meditation to new heights. Find ones that are associated with your seven chakras, and hold them whilst you’re meditating, or instead lie down and place them near your chakras.
- Eliminate Distractions There’s nothing more distracting than a cluttered area, especially when you’re trying to relax. Pack away anything associated with work, any unfolded piles of washing, and turn off any devices! If you can, empty out the room so that it’s uncluttered, and instead replace with a small table, a yoga mat, a pillow and a throw rug.
- Lighting Try and choose a room with natural light, otherwise focus on the light fixtures. Depending on your personal preference, make sure you have options to dim or have bright lights, your mood changes and your surroundings should reflect it.
Do you meditate at home? Share your tips with us!