Meditation doesn’t necessarily mean sitting cross-legged with no shoes on humming “oommmm” for hours on end.
It’s a stereotype that’s luckily being replaced. It is now more commonly known as a daily practice or ritual that many of us are willing to at least try to see if there are any beneficial effects.
We’re all getting more open to these spiritual practices and introducing them into our daily routines, because of the benefits they bring to our chaotic and stressful lives.
Just like yoga or burning incense sticks, we’re bringing these ancient practices into our lives to help us.
This makes me so happy because we’re returning to our roots and our ancestral ways of how things once were. If they were beneficial back then – they can still work wonders now.
Meditation has been found by many studies to be extremely beneficial in terms of mental and physical health.
You might be intrigued by meditation because you heard your friends talk about it, or you’ve seen people mention it on their social media posts or you read something once about how beneficial they are.
Let’s see then, if meditation could benefit you, and what it’s all about…
What Is Meditation?
Meditation is a practice, where you clear your mind without thinking about anything, letting go of all thoughts and just focusing on your breath. You can do it sitting down, lying down, outside in your garden or in your bedroom.
It may be hard to begin meditation if you’re new to it, because our minds naturally wander off and follow different thoughts that come into our minds.
That’s okay – it’s bound to happen when you’re starting. The point is to realise when your mind wanders off, and return to focusing on your breath. Always return to the breath.
I get easily distracted and sometimes my breath isn’t enough for me, so I like to put some earphones in and listen to sounds of birds or rivers. They relax me and as a result, relax my mind and help me focus on what I’m doing. Which is basically nothing! It’s honestly easier said than done…
Meditation can really calm you and relax you. It can also help ease your anxiety and depression, because your thoughts and overthinking or lots of thoughts at once, causes anxiety.
So when you meditate, you’re letting go of those thoughts and clearing your mind, giving you a better perspective and outlook on life that is clear from an overwhelming amount of thoughts, all at once.
Eventually, when you meditate for 2 – 3 weeks, or even 2 – 3 days, you will notice a difference in your overall wellbeing and how easy it is to control what you think.
Meditation can also boost our mood, which means that it can help with depression. It can help you get a better perspective on life, a fresh new outlook and make you feel happier too.
How To Meditate?
Meditation can be hard to start with – our minds are so busy, always rushing, always thinking about something so silencing our brain for even 2 minutes can be a real challenge. If you’re a beginner to meditation, try and meditate for 3 minutes first, focusing on your breath.
Every time your mind wanders off, observe it, and let go of the thought by returning to focusing on your breath. To stop you from looking at the clock and whether it’s been 2 or 3 minutes yet, you can set a timer on your phone – just remember to turn your volume down (alarms can be rather startling, especially when you’re in a relaxed state).
If you manage those 3 minutes, try 4 minutes the next day for a few days. Eventually, try and increase it to 5, 10 and even 15 or 30 if you feel up to it!
Or you can do a 5 minute session in the morning, and a 5 minute session at night. Whatever works best for your schedule and other commitments in the day.
It’s important to persevere with this – give it a go a few times, try it every day for 2 weeks and see if you can see a difference in yourself.
To be honest, I can normally see a difference in myself, after just 1 session, I feel a lot more relaxed and my mind isn’t racing anymore.
I like to do a meditation session right after work. It helps me relax for the rest of the night and completely switch off after work.
How Meditation Works
Meditation clears our mind and brings a lot of benefits with it. Some of the benefits include:
- It can strengthen your focus
- Reduce your anxiety
- Help with your creativity
- Help you be more compassionate
- Reduce your stress
That’s certainly enough reasons to convince me! Whatever your reason for meditation, make sure it’s the right reason and when you’re trying to achieve something.
If you’re hoping it will help you relax and stop overthinking, then you will achieve just that and start to notice a difference in yourself.
If you don’t have a particular interest or need to meditate, chances are you won’t do it properly and won’t feel the effects.
It’s important to know how meditation works and how it can help you. As well as your reason behind wanting to meditate – why? What made you want to try meditation and what are you trying to achieve?
Meditation basically puts your mind and brain on a pause. You let go of all thoughts, worries, stress, things you have to do, letting your brain just relax and surrender to nothing.
It can be a great refreshing exercise, if you have an office job and you come back home tired, even though you were sat down all day.
It’s your mind and mentality that is drained and tired – and that’s why meditation works so well for so many of us. Most of us will have a day job that involves little exercise and a lot of stress.
Some people like to exercise to blow off the steam, but if you’re not a fan of exercise or need something that requires no sweating, meditation could be your perfect solution.
Can Meditation Help With Anxiety and Depression?
It can indeed – meditation generally makes us feel happier, less overwhelmed with thoughts, quieting the mind and letting go of the overdrive of thoughts.
We all know that anxiety and depression are mental health issues, caused by a way of thinking, what our brain tells us and often through sabotaging thoughts that just seem to appear but aren’t necessarily true.
They feel true because your mind is thinking them, and the best way to get rid of anxiety and depression would be for those thoughts to completely disappear. Wouldn’t that be great?
Meditation helps to make your thoughts disappear for a little while, during the time you meditate. However, thoughts that cause anxiety and depression can just appear out of nowhere, we all know that.
With practice of meditation, you can slow down those thoughts and the negative effect they can have on your wellbeing and happiness. When you start to learn how to let go of thoughts using meditation, it will be easier for you to let go of anxious/negative thoughts when they start to creep in.
If you practice meditation enough, who knows – maybe anxiety and depression could disappear if meditation was your daily practice?
Which Crystals to Meditate With
You could actually meditate with any crystals you have. They all have powerful properties and can strengthen the experience, particularly if you have a specific purpose/mission or feel connected to particular crystals.
If you are just meditation for clarity, Clear Quartz is the best option for meditation to gain clarity. It’s a clearing crystal that soaks up negativity (alike most crystals) so it’s a versatile and best crystal to have, if you’re only just starting.
You can get a clear quartz to start with here
If you’d like to learn more about crystals, we have the following article that goes into basic explanations on crystals for beginners. We know how overwhelming it can be when there’s so much information on the internet – that’s why we kept it simple.
If you’d like to know more about meditation, there are some great resources out there right now. We’d recommend starting with the Netflix’s series Headspace Guide to Meditation.
With 8 episodes, each one goes into a different area of meditation and how it can be used to resolve various life problems – such as letting go of anger, how to deal with stress and pain etc.
It’s done with some really cool, colourful animations, we loved watching it!
There are of course books too; one I used that comes with a guided CD is the Mindfulness: A Practical Guide to Finding Peace in a Frantic World. It has real simple explanations, a few exercises to try and an 8-week programme to test the methods for yourself.
Other great books on meditation are:
We hope you found this mediation article useful and it’s answered all your questions!
Want to learn how to use crystals in meditation?
Did you know that crystals can help with anxiety and depression just as meditation does? And that you can include crystals in your meditation practice?
If you’d like to learn more, you can check out the below guide and workbook which comes with 9 printouts to help you understand crystals, and how to use them for your own benefit.
This guide is perfect if you’re completely new to crystals and want to learn more, or if you already have some basic knowledge but aren’t sure how to use crystals to help with meditation, anxiety or depresson.
I cover the main topics of crystals including chakras, meditating and manifesting with crystals in real simple terms.
You can check out all the info about the guide and workbook in this link, which includes a video and sneak peek into the guide.