Tips on How to Meditate:
4x Symbolic ideas based on the elements for your meditation space or to aid as focus tools!
Here I have a quick overview of meditation focus tools! These are physical focus elements, whereas the visualisations are mental elements. Again we start with Fire: you can use a candle, either real or electronic. I find the electronic candles are safer and you can put them anywhere (even on blankets) with no risk of actual fire! Yikes we don’t want to go all out… 😉 … You should gaze at the candle flame or light during meditation with unfocused eyes. Open-eye meditations assist with grounding you in the present moment. The Air symbolism is for a Tibetan singing bowl; I have one myself brought all the way from Tibet by my father. It can be used as a opening ceremony to the meditation and when you sing the bowl you condition yourself that now it is meditation time. The Earth and Water symbols are for closed-eye meditations, here you focus on their textures as you hold them in your hands. Many crystals, even those that have been polished, have a rough texture with fissures and cracks. Raw crystals even more so, whereas shells are smooth and many have little bumps. You can run your fingers and hands along the surface of the crystals or shells during your meditations, especially when your thoughts start to wonder.
All of these tools are used as reminders for your mind to turn inwards to your breath.
Tip: You can use both physical & mental elements to stay focused during meditation!
YouTube: Singing Bowl Demonstration
Public Domain photo credits (top left – bottom right): Anna Langova, Simon A. Eugster, Dario Crespi & Petr Kratochvil.
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