Helpful Rituals in Meditation

In my previous post entitled “How to Use the Law of Attraction To Your Advantage,” I mentioned the importance of meditation in manifesting your goals through the Law of Attraction. This post details sacred items and elements from my own meditation practice that have helped me to really start feeling and acting #likeafemmeboss. You can tweak and make your own to improve your journey towards making your goals and dreams happen!

Candles

I use a candle some days to have a single point to focus my attention on. The flame is always calm yet energetic. I like contemplating the nature of the flame and relating it to how I’d like my conscious attitude to be on a daily basis. I also really like the aromatherapy benefits of some candles. You can find candles that contain essential oils which promote a calm, uplifted mood.

Meditation Cushion

Meditation cushions are great for you to designate a space just to the meditation practice in your home. Some cushions are also ideal for traveling. I really like having access to a cushion because it helps support my spine and it also helps me keep my knees below my hips, which is important to keep from making your legs and feet fall asleep so easily!

Playing in your own zen garden and drawing mandalas are two forms of active meditation. They help you to contemplate nature in the present while engaging your senses of touch and hearing. The delicate sounds of the rake or the sand flowing or a pencil pushing against paper are very relaxing. If you find sitting still for long periods of time to be difficult, try playing with one of these for your next meditation session. I personally find that using one of these methods helps me alleviate my anxieties.

Malas

Malas are great because they help you keep track of where you are in your practice. A mala is a string of round beads shaped into a necklace with one larger bead at the end. The larger bead signifies that you have completed 108 chants of the same mantra. Having a tangible object in your hand to track your recitation of a particular mantra can give you a sense of productivity, and it also engages your sense of touch to keep you in the present moment. Your mind is less likely to drift off with this stimulus.

Mantras

Mantras are great way to stay focused on an idea you’d like to contemplate in the present moment. Something abstract yet calming and inspirational makes for a good mantra. Examples for the Femme Boss include:

  • “You are a Femme Boss.”
  • “You are awesome.”
  • “You are a Boss Babe.”
  • “Simplicity”
  • “Focus”
  • “Let go”
  • “Tranquility”
  • “Serenity”
  • “Productivity”

These are simple ideas that resonate with your core desires and values.

Tibetan Bowls

A Tibetan bowl is a great way to get your mind to center on the act of meditation. Tibetan bowls have been alleged to have healing powers in some spiritual paths. They provide calming, unique sounds that fill the room and naturally resonate with certain parts of your body. I usually use a Tibetan bowl at the start and end of my meditation session.

Meditation Music

I also highly recommend the Omvana app for guided meditations and quiet meditation music tracks. You can also find great meditation music on YouTube. Having a track that plays calm music for a set period of time is a free way to start and end your meditation session. When the track ends, you know you’re finished.

Personal Altar

I place each of the items I mentioned above in a sacred place in my room. I call this my altar. When I am about ready to start a meditation session, I lay them out in an orderly fashion on top of a piece of gold-colored silk. The act of placing sacred items in a dedicated space sets the intention to meditate in my mind’s eye. That way, once I start my session my mind is ready to observe the present moment. And sacred items are not universal. You can designate any images, small idols or figurines, or other objects (basically, anything that inspires you or brings you joy) as your altar pieces.

Remember, you don’t have to believe that using any of these tools is mystical in order to reap the benefits of using them. For some people, there may be a mystical element to this ritualistic practice, and that’s great! For others, using these items and can really help the mind relax and prepare to engage in the meditation task at hand. These items can also help you refocus, and they can also help you become more mindful of your five senses.

Hannah Stringfellow is a freelance blogger and world traveler. She holds an M.S., Chemistry, from the University of California, Berkeley. Her interests include women’s empowerment, health and wellness, and cross-cultural competency.

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