1) Meditation… It is a powerful self improvement tool.
There have been hundreds of studies on its benefits, which range from increasing grey matter in the brain to lowering blood pressure and promoting feelings of well-being.
But unfortunately, there are so many people out there who have tried it and decided that they just “can’t do it.” What a lot of people mean by this is that they’re having a difficult time focusing. If that’s the case for you, just know that you’re not alone. EVERYONE has a difficult time concentrating at some point or another. It takes time to master that skill. For example, if you were learning how to do the splits in a gymnastics class, you would expect it to take time for you to get flexible enough to actually do the move. Meditation works the same way. Your ability to focus is like a muscle. If you aren’t used to flexing it, it will be weak. But with time and practise that muscle will get stronger.
That being said, there are many useful tools to assist us in getting into that peaceful, focused space of meditation. Below I’ve listed four powerful tools to help calm your mind and help you meditate easily:
If you’re looking to include meditation in your day, your best bet is to make it a ritual. A ritual is something that you do without even thinking consciously about it. For example, you don’t need to think about brushing your teeth in the morning. You go through the motions effortlessly.
Meditation can be the same way.
You can make it into a ritual by meditating at the same time and place every day. You can also light a candle, diffuse an essential oil, sit in the same chair, use the same music, etc.
These behaviors eventually act as “anchors” that trigger your brain into thinking, “It’s time to relax and meditate.”
Another example — if you’re a runner and you put on running shoes, fill up your water bottle, and get dressed and ready for your run at the same time every day, your brain will know that it’s time for you to exercise. Use this “brain hack” to your advantage when adding meditation to your routine.
3) Using Your Breath
Another problem many face when they meditate is that they don’t know what to meditate on. They have a difficult time focusing the mind because they don’t actually have a point of focus. An easy solution to this is to focus on your breath. Just observe your breath. Watch as it moves in easily and out easily. Other thoughts will pop up in your mind but always gently bring your focus back to your breath. Practice this for five minutes every day and notice how great you feel afterward.
Oh, and another great brain hack: you can only think as quickly as you breathe. So if your mind is racing, slow down your breaths and watch how your thoughts change. Very cool.
4) Essential Oils
Essential oils are incredible for helping us achieve certain states of awareness relatively quickly. You can use them in a variety of ways. For meditation, I would recommend putting them in a diffuser or nebulizer so that you fill your environment with the scent of that particular oil. Some of my favorite oils that I use to help me mediate are lavender, cedarwood, frankincense, and a lovely blend by Saje Wellness called “Unwind.”
Like essential oils, crystals help us achieve certain states of awareness. Each crystal carries a specific frequency that assists us in healing, balancing, releasing, cleansing, relaxing, etc. My favorite crystals that I use to meditate are amethyst, celestite, and selenite. These crystals carry a particularly high vibration that helps us release heavy emotions and access higher states of consciousness. They also help to promote feelings of peace and open the third eye chakra.