Meditation calms and steadies the mind bringing the meditator into contact with the source of his or her being. It expands intuitional knowledge and awakens an ecstatic or blissful feeling.
Some forms of meditation involve emptying the mind; others use visualisation and most require controlled breathing.
This involves memorising and silent repetition of scripture from spiritual texts. There are many beautiful uplifting scripts to choose from. Allow each inspiring word “drop like a jewel into the depths of your consciousness,” as meditation guide Easwaran says. It’s not necessary to strain or focus on the meaning of the words. Once you repeat them, their meaning automatically lands, and your mind embraces them. You will find your behaviour changes and resonates with the ideals suggested by the reading. We become what we meditate on. A good example is an ‘I am’ meditation.
Another is to read passages from spiritual gurus and mystics like Rumi or something from the spiritual direction you feel most called to.
CREATE A SPACE TO MEDITATE
Surrounding yourself with an inspiring environment goes a long way to creating the ‘thought garden’ you want to emulate. Items you absolutely love and feel abundant really help to put you in the right mindset. Not to be distracted by too many diversions but just to feel held and luxurious. Here are some suggestions.
White ceramic burner
This white ceramic burner is suitable for aromatherapy oils and resin. It has air ventilation holes on the side to keep your tea light burning and an ample bowl-shaped area to house your fragrance. Slip a tea light into the back and use this with your favourite oil or resin. Find it here
Frankincense & Myrrh Resin
BURN A CANDLE WHILE MEDITATING
Crystal infused soy meditation candles
These beautifully packaged crystal candles are infused with specific intentions using the healing energy of gemstones. There are 3 variations: Prosperity is paired with Citrine crystals; Serenity includes Amethyst; and Love & Healing has Rose Quartz. They are made from soy wax and are clean burning. A cover with an inscribed mandala closes your candle when not in use. This is a powerful manifestation tool to set intentions and focus a meditation practice. Use them at home, in your meditation space or at your workplace. Find them here
Meditation and mindful practices take us beyond the boundaries of our thoughts. They teach us to transcend the limiting input that thoughts generate. Start off with a basic form of meditation. Sit comfortably, close your eyes, relax each part of the body and let go of tense areas. See your thoughts as pages in a book, as they come into focus, let them pass by turning them like you would turn a page. The goal is to empty your mind. At first this might seem impossible, don’t let it stress you, just watch your thoughts go by without interacting with them. Do this for five minutes every day and slowly increase the time spent meditating. This practise will teach you to be peaceful no matter what you are thinking or what is happening around you.
BURN INCENSE FOR A POSITIVE MEDITATION SPACE
Choose incense without chemicals. This incense in the jute pouch is hand-rolled in rural Mayapur, India, using only the finest natural ingredients and is 100% chemical free. This is very rare, as almost all incense currently produced contains harmful chemicals which are used to enhance the scent. The incense cones are also chemical free and have been made locally and sustainably in South Africa. My absolute favourite is the Cedarwood – if ever I want a good day, I burn a Cedarwood cone from this pack. There is nothing like it! Find it here
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The Miracle of Mindfulness is also a great book on meditation from Thich Nhat Hanh – get it here