As you know, a daily meditation practice benefits physical, mental, and spiritual aspects of your life.
Whether you meditate in the morning, evening, or some time in between, the benefits are far-reaching and long lasting.
As humans, however, we like to keep things from getting too routine or boring.
Often, when something feels repetitive, it’s natural to abandon the practice.
Instead of dropping your meditation practice, add to it.
In fact, certain additions can actually enhance the experience and make it even more beneficial.
Different oils have different properties and can enhance your meditation practice in different ways.
Some of the benefits of including essential oils in meditation include increased relaxation, peacefulness, and mental clarity.
People with ADHD, anxiety, or over active minds can often achieve a deeper meditative state by using essential oils.
You can either diffuse the oils into the air or apply them to your skin.
Suggested application spots are palms, soles of feet, and center of the forehead, but you can apply them anywhere that makes sense to you.
To find the right essential oils for your meditation practice, talk with an expert who can help guide you.
Just like essential oils, incense comes in many different varieties.
Find one that makes you feel relaxed when you smell it and go with that.
It doesn’t matter if it’s something anyone else suggests or not.
As the incense burns and releases scent into the air, your mind will relax and help you reach a deeper meditative state.
Please note: if you’re allergic to smoke or have other breathing issues, be careful or try essential oils instead.
You can cleanse anything with just about anything.
Many people are familiar with a sage cleanse, but that’s just one method.
To add cleansing to your meditation practice consider using herbs, tuning forks, a feather, a rattle, etc.
Once you’ve found a tool that speaks to you, cleanse your body by waving/applying it all around your body.
Pay special attention to your head and heart, but don’t forget your legs!
This can be done either before or after you meditate and helps you disconnect from the energy and experience of others.
In spiritual circles, there’s a lot of talk about “raising your vibration.”
Don’t get me wrong, high vibes are good – to a point.
We’re still Earth-bound creatures and need to function as such.
Grounding either before or after meditation creates a balance between high vibes and remaining connected to Earth’s energy.
And it’s super easy to do.
If you can get outside and stand barefoot in the dirt for a few minutes, that’s ideal…but that’s not always possible.
If you can’t do that, try this visualization instead.
With your eyes closed and your feet firmly planted on the floor, imagine roots coming out of your feet like they do a maple tree and burying themselves deep in the earth. Thicken the roots and feel them growing so deep they form a solid base that can’t be shaken, even with the strongest wind. Hold this feeling in your mind, soul, and every cell of your body for several moments before opening your eyes.
One of the most common ways people enhance their meditation practice is with a mantra.
Mantras help focus the mind and increase the energy you’re giving to a specific goal or change you want to create in your life.
Mantras can be literally anything, with a few “rules” to follow.
1. Always use positive statements.
We’re magnets. We attract what we put out.
So you want to always be putting out positive…it doesn’t mean there aren’t challenges or difficulties, it’s about how you deal with them.
With mantras – let’s say you’re trying to quit smoking, for example. Instead of using a mantra like “I don’t smoke” try “I release habits that no longer serve me.”
Or, if you’re trying to manifest wealth, instead of “I need more money” say “I am open to the abundance of the universe.” Get it?
2. Keep it short.
You’re going to need to repeat this to yourself for several minutes, and possibly for more than one day, so keep it short and sweet.
Make something easy to say, easy to repeat, and easy to remember.
3. Try to avoid the word “will.”
This is subtle, but the word “will” leaves room for it to be optional. “I will be kind.”
Well, if you weren’t kind that today you have an out – I tried…I had good intentions.
Instead, be definite. “I AM kind.” Your attitude must change with that statement.
And that word choice matters for any mantra you decide to use.
That’s it. Anything else goes when it comes to writing your mantra.
Whether you get bored easily or you’re simply trying to up your meditation game, these five enhancements can be game changing.
Use them together or separately. It’s totally up to you.
For more help on creating a daily meditation practice, I invite you to check out this online class.