As the year draws to a close, it helps to receive or purchase a gift that will fuel your meditation and mindfulness journey to recharge your inner soul for the year ahead. Here are our top 5 favourite meditation aids that will inspire you to be fully present and enjoy the moment.
Take a look below.
1. Meditation Cushion
If the thought of sitting motionless for long periods of time – often longer than 10 minutes – makes your bones ache, you are not alone. A meditation cushion is a great addition to your developing or already established meditation practice, because sitting still in any position can lead to pain and discomfort. With a meditation cushion, your hips will be lifted, allowing them to roll forward slightly and maintaining the natural curve of your lower back. The rest of your body will naturally follow once your spine is in proper alignment.
Many people still use the traditional round meditation cushion because it is so comfortable.
However, the design of meditation cushions has changed over time. The Halfmoon Zafu, a design with a distinct half-moon shape that supports your thighs and gives you room to rest your ankles close to your torso, is one of the varieties available today.
Regardless of the design, we advise you to choose a pillow filled with a material that adapts to the shape of your body and promotes air circulation.
2. Personal Journal
It can be very useful to keep a meditation journal to establish the practice in your daily life and to raise your awareness of all the elements of your experience. The benefits of meditation are abstract; you can only “feel” them, not see them. For this reason, keeping a meditation notebook can help you keep track of your successes and growth while meditating each day.
By allowing yourself to visualise your development and review your efforts and realization with each page you fill out, it will add some powerful and useful components to your meditation practice. Also, using a pen already helps you slow down and be present in the moment.
3. Meditation Beads
If you meditate or practise yoga regularly, you’ve undoubtedly used mala beads.
Mala beads are a type of prayer bead also known as a japa mala or simply a mala. From Catholicism to Hinduism, prayer beads have been used for thousands of years in various religions.
Today, they’re occasionally used as a tool for mindfulness, regardless of religion. In addition to a guru bead, which is larger than the other beads and often contains a tassel, they usually contain 108 beads.
You can use mala beads for various parts of meditation, which is associated with a number of health benefits, including lowering blood pressure, improving sleep, and reducing stress levels.
Many people find it difficult to control their thoughts and not get distracted, especially at the beginning of their meditation practise. This is where the mala beads come in.
A mala can support meditation in two different ways: By touching each bead as you recite a mantra, you can keep track of how many times you’ve said the mantra, and you can anchor yourself by the repetitive motion of your fingertips over the beads.
4. Self-realization Books
Enlighten yourself with a good reading of some of the most amazing books that explain the essence of life so profoundly and shared by ancient sages and authors of awakening can be really helpful. What we are currently experiencing is nothing new, and these sages and masters have lived through the challenges of life, and from reading their books we will learn how to overcome them. Above all, it is about understanding and realizing the nature of things and the essence of life. So in this season of giving, why not give one of these books to a loved one or even to yourself to end the year and start the new year with wisdom, love and light. Check out this article highly recommended by our meditation coach Michael Teh as you search for the essence of your life.
5. Meditation Kit
This year, on September 9, the Michael Teh Meditation Kit was unveiled. This is a specially designed kit to supplement one’s meditation practice at home.
Each item represents the five elements of nature, which are the physical and energetic qualities of our human body and the physical world.
It is our intention to create something that speaks of love and inspiration. If you are encouraged to meditate daily, supplemented by these meditation tools, this can guide your journey to self-realization and lead you to create a life of higher potential.
In support of the quote from the Master of Mindfulness, Thich Nhat Hanh, he said earlier – through space, stillness and the inclusion of self-love, you give of yourself so that your spirit of loving kindness is transferred to others around you. Such a powerful message!
Check out our selection of meditation tools that are intentionally and uniquely designed and handcrafted HERE. Make your purchase at shop.iammichaelteh.com.
The team at I am Michael Teh would like you wish you a truly wonderful holiday season filled with peace and love. Happy Holidays!