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How to Choose the Best Mala Beads for Your Meditation Practice

Meditation may seem like an easy concept at first. It is really just breathing after all. But you will find that it is not always easy to get in the right state of mind every time you want to meditate. You have to really pay close attention to your breathing, and keep your mind from wandering.   If you have a lot of trouble focusing you may want to try using Mala beads. These are a strand of 108 beads that you use to keep count during your meditation. Similar to praying with a rosary, you can use them while reciting a mantra, and it can help with concentration and focus during your meditation session.   Here are our top picks for the best mala beads to help with your meditation practice.   The Best Mala Beads for Meditation Buddhist Prayer Beads/Tibetan Mala Necklace for Meditation by Tamlyn Concepts Features: These mala beads are made with premium quality genuine semi-precious gemstones The lava rocks are porous making them perfect for absorbing and diffusing essential oils during meditation. When wearing green aventurine, you can become receptive to impression and insights provided by the universe. It is known as “The Prosperity Stone”. This gem balances your heart chakra and promotes tranquillity. Black onyx and hematite are powerful grounding stones that help you stay centered during your practice. They help to balance energies that exist between your body and your mind while creating harmony within. This is a beautiful piece of jewelry that…

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What is the Best Meditation Mat for Comfort?

To meditate effectively, you must focus on your breathing while holding your position for long periods of time. However, some people have physical problems like back and joint pains that prevent them from holding sitting and kneeling positions for an extended amount of time. Meditation chairs and cushions are the ideal way to support your back and stay comfortable throughout your meditations. You can also use meditation mats if you have a problem with your knees.   We are going to show to you three of our top recommendations for the best meditation mats to help you decide which one of them is right for you.   The Best Meditation Mat for Comfort DharmaObjects Traditional Cotton Mat Cushion Features: Made from 100% cotton Foldable meditation cushion mat with a carry bag Handmade in India Good for meditation, rituals, altars, ceremonies, yoga, pilates, and exercise Features Tibetan Endless Knot Symbol (Pata) Square shape measuring approximately 13” x 13” x 1.5”   Portable This mat is small enough and can be folded in half so you could take it anywhere, or easily packed away when not in use. It also comes with a protective carry bag which makes it great for traveling and storing.   Easy to clean Any dirt can be removed with just a warm, wet cloth.   Provides enough support and comfort If you are someone who has leg and knee problems, this is a great mat for you. You can meditate and kneel for hours without feeling any discomfort…

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The Best Meditation Bench for Support and Comfort

Being able to practice meditation properly is a huge advantage, especially if you have a lot of stress in your life. Do you have physical issues, like back pain and joint pain, that prevent you from maintaining a traditional posture for meditation? Or maybe you just can’t get comfortable while sitting cross-legged on the floor.   This is where support tools like cushions and benches come in. The best meditation bench will support your body and keep you comfortable and free from pain while you are meditating. Here are some of our recommendations for good meditation benches.   Best Meditation Bench Joy is Within You Meditation Bench Features: Designed and handmade by Turiya Moore. You rotate the bench 180 degrees to change height and seat geometry. It is ergonomic and comfortable. It has fixed legs for stability. 8 x 17.5-inch seat with a unique 1.5-inch multi-density pad. The large seat and broad legs provide comfort and stability. It is made from high quality woven fabric. The legs are made of pine timber that is sustainably harvested from managed forest in British Columbia The seat is made of Baltic Birch Plywood harvested and manufactured in Russia by Wolstenholme International, which is FSC certified by the Rainforest Alliance There is a lifetime guarantee on the woodwork.   Comes in different sizes This meditation bench caters to different users of different sizes. It comes in small, medium, and large so you can choose the appropriate one for your height and size.   Comfortable…

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What is the Best Meditation Position?

Sitting meditation is all about stillness. But it can be difficult to find stillness when you are uncomfortable. The best meditation position will keep your back upright while maintaining its natural arch. It will allow you to relax and be comfortable while remaining awake and alert during your practice.   A good meditation posture will aid your practice, especially if you are a beginner. And I don’t mean one that looks good. I mean one that is comfortable and helps you relax and focus. A good way to support your body is to use a meditation cushion help elevate your hips. This inclines the pelvis a little putting your hips slightly higher than your knees. It’s not necessary to sit cross-legged if you are still a beginner. Though you should try to work towards sitting in the traditional meditation posture of Buddha Vairocana.   The Best Meditation Position   Here are the most important features, or the Seven-Point Posture of Buddha Vairocana posture:   Create a stable base by sitting in a cross-legged position, with each foot resting on top of the opposite thigh. Sitting will keep you alert and awake while allowing your body to relax and be still. Place your hands in your lap with palms facing up. Your right hand should rest lightly on your left hand, with the tips of your thumbs slightly touching. Holding your hands just below your navel can help develop good concentration. Your back should be upright but still relaxed. It should feel…

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What is the Best Meditation Cushion for Back Pain?

Have you thought about trying meditation but the idea of sitting with your back upright for so long has stopped you? Meditation is something that everyone should practice. It helps you relax, reduce stress, and make you calmer. In some instances, it can also help you to relieve and even eliminate back pain. But what do you do when your back pain is so intense that it prevents you from focusing on your meditation?   Many people have trouble maintaining proper posture during meditation because of debilitating back pain. To meditate effectively, you should try to keep your back upright and your spine in a natural and relaxed arch. If you have checked your posture is correct and are still experiencing some pain, you should try a meditation cushion or chair for further support.   To help, we have a couple of recommendations for you. The best meditation cushion for back pain is one that will provide you with enough comfort and support to keep up your sitting meditation practice for as long as you like. Friends of Meditation Buddha Meditation and Yoga Chair Features: Designed by Swami Dhyan Unmesh, Registered Yoga Teacher and Osho Meditation Facilitator. Helpful for people with back pain. Eliminates numbness in legs in cross leg posture. Fits anyone with height up to 6 ft. 2 in. Seat size: 24 x 22 inches, 4-inch foam. Complimentary water-resistant bag and fully foldable. 7-year warranty.   Why is this the best meditation cushion for back pain? Very comfortable…

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What is The Best Meditation Cushion for Beginners?

For beginners in meditation, it can be quite difficult to maintain an upright and relaxed posture and balance when you do not have the proper support. The best meditation cushion for beginners is one that will provide you with enough support to hold your correct sitting posture for long periods of time, and still allow you to be comfortable. For some, a small pillow or cushion from home may suffice, but for others, a cushion made specifically for meditation can be a big help, especially for those who are new to the practice. Good support goes a long way to keeping you comfortable and able to maintain your seated position for long periods of time.   The right meditation cushion will help you to reduce the stress on your knees and ankles while you are in your sitting position.   To give you an idea of what you should look for here are three of the best meditation cushions for beginners that we can recommend. Hopefully, you can find one to help you in your meditation practice. Zen Naturals Zafu Meditation Cushion Pillow Features: The Zen Naturals Zafu X-Large is 18” x 6”. This thick sturdy yoga meditation pillow provides great support, so you can focus on your practice. The buckwheat hull-filled removable inside liner keeps the filling together so you can remove the cover for easy cleaning. It has an upgraded zipper and reinforced for durability so will last for years to come. The travel handle makes it easy…

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How to Let Go: A Review of The Untethered Soul by Michael A Singer

The Untethered Soul: The Journey Beyond Yourself by Michael A. Singer What would it be like to free yourself from limitations and soar beyond your boundaries? What can you do each day to discover inner peace and serenity? The Untethered Soul—now a #1 New York Times bestseller—offers simple yet profound answers to these questions. This book will transform your relationship with yourself and the world around you. You’ll discover what you can do to put an end to the habitual thoughts and emotions that limit your consciousness. By tapping into traditions of meditation and mindfulness, author and spiritual teacher Michael A. Singer shows how the development of consciousness can enable us all to dwell in the present moment and let go of painful thoughts and memories that keep us from achieving happiness and self-realization.   This book has opened me up to so many new ways of thinking and so many new techniques to add to my meditation and mindfulness practices. I took so many notes while reading this book because I didn’t want to forget any of it. I won’t put them all in here, but instead, I urge you to buy this book and read it now. Don’t wait. The information is it is too valuable. It has already helped me much more than any other book I have read in a long while. Here’s what I learned from The Untethered Soul: (This is just a small selection of my notes. There is so much more. Seriously – read it…

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Change Your Life with The Buddha’s Brain by Rick Hansen

The Buddha’s Brain: The Practical Neuroscience of Happiness, Love and Wisdom by Rick Hanson with Richard Mendius. If you change your brain, you can change your life. By combining breakthroughs in neuroscience with insights from thousands of years of mindfulness practice, you too can use your mind to shape your brain for greater happiness, love, and wisdom. This book presents an unprecedented intersection of psychology, neurology, and contemplative practice, and is filled with practical tools and skills that you can use every day to tap the unused potential of your brain and rewire it over time for greater well-being and peace of mind.   This book further supports for me, the overwhelmingly strong indication that regular meditation and mindfulness are essential if you want more joy and happiness in your life. Along with some great insights on equanimity, empathy and compassion, it gave me some practical actions to take to develop my daily practice.   It is often easy to let the mind talk me into quitting my daily practice because, “what’s it really doing anyway”. Great books like this not only help to reaffirm my intention to meditate and practice mindfulness daily, but also give me more tools to keep me learning and growing.   Here’s what I learned from Buddha’s Brain:   The mind is what the brain does. Our suffering, which is the result of our unhappiness and dissatisfaction, is entirely made up by the brain. If the brain causes our suffering, we can also use the brain to…

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Using Guided Meditation for Sleep Can Improve Sleep Quality

A good night’s sleep can be elusive for many of us. My quest for good quality sleep on a regular basis has always seemed a bit hit and miss. One night may be great and I will wake up feeling refreshed and energised. Then the next night I am awake several times during the night, and in the morning i feel exhausted and lethargic.   There are a variety of factors that can affect our sleep quality each night, from the types of food we eat and how late we eat them, to how much, if any, exercise we got during the day, and how much we are on our electronic devices before bed. Of the many techniques we can introduce into our daily routine to help improve our sleep, meditation may be one of the most helpful.   Why Sleep Matters?   Your body uses the time you are sleeping to perform a number of essential functions. It stores and catalogues events and memories from your day, eliminates toxins from your system and also performs the vast majority of healing and cell repair that your body needs. If your sleep time is reduced, or the quality of your sleep is poor, then you could be missing out on the deep, restorative sleep your body needs to function at its best.   Improving your sleep is one of the many benefits of a regular meditation practice. Let’s take a look at some basic sleep meditation techniques.   Meditation Techniques for…

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Tame the Voice in Your Head: A Review of 10% Happier by Dan Harris

10% Happier by Dan Harris is part memoir part practical guide to mindfulness and meditation. Dan, a TV news anchor, talks about his on air meltdown and drug abuse and how meditation helped him. It is a great primer for understanding mindfulness and meditation and how to use them in your daily life.   What I learned from this book: We all have a voice in our head. Some of us don’t even realise it. This voice is fixated on the past and the future. If we give in to it, it prevents us from living in the present moment. We can all learn a skill that helps us to quiet this voice – meditation. You can meditate anywhere. Anyone can do it. It is free. With practice, we can better at it. Meditation practice creates a space or gap in the voice which allows us to see our negative emotional response to situations, like annoyance, fear and anger, and allows us to choose how we respond to them, instead of simply reacting. Science shows us that meditation actually rewires the brain. The Buddhists analogy: “Picture the mind like a waterfall, they said: the water is the torrent of thoughts and emotions; mindfulness is the space behind the waterfall”. Continuous stress is living each moment as if it is never quite good enough, that it will be better in the next one (some later moment in time). To be somewhere else, to have something else, to be someone else, to never have…

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