In our hectic world, it can often be difficult to find moments where we can just simply be at one with ourselves. We’re usually on the go 24/7, either with work, chores or our social lives. When we’re not, it can be so easy to fall into a spiral of unproductive activities such as scrolling Instagram for hours on end. We’ve all been there! Unfortunately, this combination of a high stress and tech-filled life can leave us feeling a bit out of touch. True happiness comes from being at ease in your own mind, and calming those restless thoughts. Thankfully, there are plenty of things you can to do bring positive, relaxing energy into your life.
During the last few years, meditation has come more and more into the mainstream. No longer seen as a purely religious activity, it is now practiced all over the world, include the Western world. Meditation has been linked to helping lower cholesterol, beating depression and aiding your overall health. In that case, it makes sense to get meditative! You don’t need to sit crossed legged outdoors like most Instagram posts might tell you. Simply find a quiet spot in your home where you are unlikely to be disturbed and start focusing on the present moment. If you do want to take it a step further, however, consider making a meditation room in your home where you can play relaxing music and burn incense.
Using stones and crystals
Precious stones and crystals have been long thought to have healing properties. One theory for this is that crystals can vibrate at the same pitch as people, and it is this resonance which helps to cancel out illness. During reiki healing, stones and crystals are often placed on the patient’s body to provide healing or relaxation. Different stones tend to have different meanings. For example, rose quartz is said to benefit the heart by opening the chakras. Prayer beads are also thought to have spiritual connections which date back to ancient times. Wearing a wrist mala bracelet means that you can have your prayer beads with you wherever you go, should you need them.
Mindfulness is sometimes linked to meditation, as you can incorporate mindfulness into a session. This type of meditation has Buddhist roots and is designed to alleviate suffering, and send the person into a state of nirvana. However, mindfulness can be used every day, and not just in a meditative sense. We find ourselves thinking excessively most days of our lives. Thinking about the past, which we cannot change, and the future, which is out of our control. Mindfulness teaches the practitioner to live truly in the moment, free of destructive thought. For example, a daily opportunity to practice mindfulness would be when you are washing the dishes. Put all negative thoughts to rest and focus solely on the feel of the plates beneath your hands, or the soapy water on your skin. You will be amazed at how relaxed you will feel from just a few moments of living in the ‘now’.