Meditation is a powerful healing tool that can bring about measurable change in a person’s emotional, spiritual, relational, and physical world. In fact, everyone can benefit from regular meditation.
People are born with an innate desire to be satisfied, whether we’re talking about food or more significant existential questions. The newborn infant cries because he desires connection, warmth, and food. As adults, we search for happiness in relationships, careers, or material items. We are all just trying to find satisfaction in life. The problem is that many people find their happiness in temporary situations, and we fall apart when those situations change. What if the key to sustainable satisfaction was as simple as daily meditation?
Meditation is not as obscure as you might think, and it isn’t just for Buddhist monks.
Science has shown that daily meditation practice:
- Enhances empathy, improving relationships
- Improves cognition, making you better at problem-solving and decision making
- Reduces stress and fights the harmful effects of cortisol
- Improves self-confidence and fights mental health disorders
- Increases your attention span
- Reduces body pain
- Awakens you spiritually
- Lowers your risk of cancer, and much, much more
What is Meditation?
Meditation is for the mind what physical exercise is for the body. Meditation is training in relaxing, focusing, and bringing awareness. While there are countless ways to meditate, it is an individual practice, often done in a seated or lying position with general body-stillness, and your eyes closed.
There are three modes of meditation:
- Concentration - Meditating by focusing on an object, external or internal
- Observation - Noting your feelings at the moment without trying to change them
- Awareness - Remaining present in the moment, not allowing the mind to wander to the past or into the future
Tools to Assist in Meditation
There are many tools available to assist in your meditation practice, such as pillows, blankets, incense, and jewelry. Before you purchase anything, though, listening to free guided meditations on YouTube.com is a great place to begin. As you get more involved, try adding healing crystals and other tools to your daily practice.
Adding Healing Crystals to Meditation
Don’t let skepticism stand in your way of adding healing crystals to your meditation practice. Healing crystals are not a magic potion that will suddenly cure all the ailments of your mind and body; they are simply a tool to deepen your attention and focus.
Much like there are countless ways to meditate, there are countless healing crystals from which to choose. Each healing crystal is associated with unique healing properties that align with specific intentions better than others. While you can program healing crystals to match your goals, it’s best to choose a healing crystal that aligns with what you’d like to accomplish.
A great beginner stone is any variety of quartz or selenite if you’re struggling to choose a healing crystal.
How to Meditate with Healing Crystals
Meditate with healing crystals in whatever way feels comfortable to you. There are no right or wrong ways to meditate. Some options to consider:
- Hold the healing crystal in your palm
- Wear the healing crystals in jewelry
- Create a healing crystal grid on your body or the floor near you
- Place the healing crystal in a location where you see it frequently, for example, the desk where you work and frequently feel stressed.
Healing Crystal Grid for Meditation
If you’re already involved in meditation or yoga practices, you may have heard of the body’s chakra energy systems. The chakras are seven energy centers along the spine where matter and spirit meet. This powerful energy is known as prana, and you can face problems in life when the chakras are blocked. The chakras, starting from your head and working down, are:
- Crown - Located at the top of your head
- Third Eye - Located on the forehead between the eyes
- Throat - Located on your neck
- Heart - Located at your sternum
- Solar Plexus - Located slightly above the bellybutton
- Sacral - Located about three inches below the belly button
- Root - Located at the very bottom of the tailbone
When practicing meditation with a healing crystal grid, lie flat on your back and place the crystal on the chakra’s corresponding location on your body. Choose clear quartz or a healing crystal that resonates with the chakra you’d like to work on. Each crystal is associated with a chakra, which could be related to its other healing properties, or the chakra’s color.
Each chakra is associated with a color based on the color of its vibrations. These colors coordinate with the colors of the rainbow:
- Root = red
- Sacral = orange
- Solar Plexus = yellow
- Heart = green
- Throat = blue
- Third Eye = indigo
- Crown = violet
Alternatively, you could create a halo of healing crystals on the floor next to you, in line with the chakras, for a more immersive chakra healing experience. Regardless of the method you choose, the first step is to select a crystal.
Choosing a Crystal
“Master healer,” the most powerful healing crystal known for its ability to be programmed, absorb negative energies, and amplify properties of other healing crystals.
Chakra: All chakras
Smokey quartz has the qualities associated with clear quartz, as well as calming and fighting nightmares.
Chakra: Base and Solar Plexus chakras
Rose quartz, like smokey quartz, harnesses the properties of clear quartz with the addition of added relational support. This stone encourages love and trust within one’s self and others.
Chakra: Heart chakra
Lapis Lazuli is a stone of protection, and it also relieves stress, promotes harmony, and boosts the immune system.
Chakra: Throat and Third Eye chakra
Carnelian is a variety of chalcedony, and it is a stabilizing stone. It restores motivation and stimulates creativity. It will also bring you courage and help to overcome abuse.
Chakra: Root and Sacral chakra
Selenite is a very soft mineral that promotes clarity of the mind and encourages spiritual growth and inner peace.
Chakra: Crown chakra
Jasper is the “supreme nurturer” and provides support through stressful life experiences. It absorbs and protects from negative energies.
Chakra: Root chakra
Chrysoprase is an apple-green variety of chalcedony. It offers spiritual protection and energy and encourages a deep meditative state.
Chakra: Sacral and Heart chakras
Feldspar encourages you to find creative solutions to long-time problems and promotes self-love and acceptance.
Chakra: This unique healing crystal helps to align and open all chakras
Petrified wood is unique in that it is a fossil. This healing stone is a stone of transformation.
Chakra: Root and Sacral chakras
Agate, another variety of chalcedony, is a stone that encourages generosity, wealth, and abundance. It also harmonizes the body, mind, and spirit.
Chakra: Crown chakra
Apatite is a powerful manifestation tool and has the ability to connect you to past lives.
Chakra: Throat and Solar Plexus chakras
Pyrite, or fool’s gold, is a powerful stone of protection for the mind and body. It enhances memory recall and helps you to see people’s true intentions.
Chakra: Solar Plexus chakra
Labradorite, a Feldspar mineral, is a stone of transformation, and it enhances personal strengths and encourages perseverance.
Chakra: Throat, Third Eye, and Crown chakras.
Whaler’s Locker has an expansive selection of healing crystals and rocks from which to choose. From polished palm stones to amber healing jewelry, you’re sure to find the perfect healing crystal to begin deepening your meditation practice and bring about real change in your life. As always, we guarantee the authenticity of all the crystals and Hawaiian gifts we offer.