A Survey of Basic Meditation Products and Tools

December 7, 2014 · Print This Article

The market today is awash with all sorts of products that are supposed to help in meditation. This abundance of goods is a far cry from what was available two or three decades ago and some critiques feel that they direct too much attention to external paraphernalia rather than the internal or inward focus of the act itself. Nevertheless, many practitioners use meditation products in their daily exercise and if you want to explore the option of using them as well, a brief survey of basic products available would serve you well.

Meditation Beads

This particular product is highly obtainable in the market today. These beads are alternately called prayer beads, meditation beads, or malas. Malas are used to keep count of the times that a mantra is mentally repeated, recited, or chanted. They are comprised of 16, 27, 54, or 108 beads with one large bead called the Guru bead. This stands for the Guru from whom a disciple has received his or her mantra. Malas are strung with three, five or nine threads which are symbolic of Buddhist beliefs.

Prayer beads can be made from a wide assortment of materials, which add their own energy to the act of meditation. For example, malas made of gold or silver is supposed to increase lifespan while those made of quartz crystals are believed to lend themselves to healing as energizers. Turquoise beads give wisdom while those made of mother of pearl cleanse and purify. Malachite beads help bring harmony. Beads made of Rudraksha beads or even human bones are used while reciting powerful mantras meant to drive away evil spirits. Evidently, the latter are not meant for ordinary occasions.

Singing Bowls

Singing bowls, actually standing bells, are often referred to as ring gongs, Himalayan bowls, suzu gongs, or Tibetan singing bowls. The sound produced by striking a Tibetan singing bowl is said to facilitate the release of mantras while its vibrations are supposed to calm and balance the mind. Traditionally, these bowls were used during meditation. They were also used to signal the beginning and the end of sessions. Today, however, their utilization has branched out to many other fields of endeavor. In classrooms and workshops, they are used to help focus attention. They are also used in massage therapy, in psychotherapy and cancer therapy.

Choosing a bowl does not require special expertise. The important thing in this task is to find a one that beckons to you and produces a sound both soothing a joyful to you. Because these bowls do not usually come cheap, take your time when looking for one and do not just settle for a bowl thinking it will do.

Candles, Incense and Fountains

Each of these three meditation products is meant to produce the environment that makes meditation easier. At no other time has such a limitless variety of these meditation products been available both in specialty shops as well as over the internet. None of these are prerequisites for success in meditation, but if you think they can help, by all means get some and put them to good use.

Aside from creating the atmosphere for meditation, candles in themselves have been used in a distinct technique. This technique involves using a lit candle as a focal point while letting thoughts come and go. A similar use is to visualize that the flame of the candle is flowing in with each meditative breath.

Incense is said to purify air and rid it of negative energy. Working on the sense of scent, its aroma is supposed to provide tranquility thereby leading to a calm, positive state of mind. When you use specific incense while meditating, you send signals to the brain that it is time to prepare for meditation. Partly because of this, incense used for meditation should be exclusively devoted to the activity. This helps in setting not just the atmosphere, but also a person’s total disposition.

Fountains are a popular product today although they may be used more as home and garden accessories rather than aids to meditation. Fountains produce the soothing sound of water trickling or falling and these are supposed to help activate good energy and build inner harmony. There are no special requirements in choosing a fountain for this purpose except that it should be placed in an area where a person can really have the space and silence needed for meditation.

Getting What You Need

Online buying is today’s most popular method for acquiring meditation products and you might choose this option to get the tools you need to improve your meditation. Specialty shops also offer good choices with the added advantage of you being able to actually see and even test the products. Through entire selection process, remember that the products only work when they suit you so keep in mind that they are only useful if you know without reservation that they are right for you.

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