We all know that we should be meditating. Science has proven that meditations help to re-engage our prefrontal cortex and bring more happiness. So it’s no surprise that from every day normal people to celebrities Katy Perry and Madonna, meditation has become one of the most popular daily routines. Meditation is like weight-lifting that mentally train our brain muscles so they grew stronger and enable us to have more control over our consciousness. But why meditate with crystals?
Why Meditate With Crystals?
Meditation is all about combing thoughts and accesses deeper awareness towards our life. In order to unleash full mindful potential during the sessions, many have chosen to meditate with crystals.
Crystals are energy. It can help you to focus during meditation practices, which may be the hardest part for beginners. And also, crystals work just like magnets, they can either attract, amplify or dispel energies from its user. Crystal can channel energies from our chakras and make it possible for us to break the mental blockages. That’s why crystals have become a popular tool for those who want to access their deepest consciousness and bring out insights.
How To Choose Crystals For Meditation?
All crystals can be used for meditation. For crystal healing veterans, they know which crystals that work perfectly for their intentions. However, if you have yet limited experiences working with crystals before, or you just start as a crystal healing beginner, you can start your sessions with these 4 common choices:
Amethyst is the stone of compassion and sobriety. It helps to open your third eye and remove any spiritual cobweb. If you have trouble focusing during meditations and your thoughts are constantly pulled away with traumatic experiences or emotions, using amethyst to meditate will be able to help.
Clear Cathedral Quartz
Clear Cathedral Quartz connects with the soma chakra and awaken the child in you. It shifts your consciousness from a “survival mode” to pure happiness. Meditate with Cathedral Quartz will alter the way of your thoughts towards joy and inner peace.
The name Celestite originates from the Latin word “celestial”, meaning “heavenly”. Celestite heightens your energy and connects you with universal wisdom. Perfect for those who want to take their meditation practice to the next level.
Ancient Egyptian used this elegant blue gem to accelerate healing from diverse disease. When meditating with lapis lazuli, you will be more clear about your intentions due to its high vibrations. It set your mind free from emotional boundaries and engage your consciousness fully on the present moment.
Tips: When it comes to choosing crystals, either for meditation or other purposes, there is no right or wrong. Each crystal will bring you unique benefit. So it will be helpful to try meditating with different crystals, one at a time and document your expectations and experiences.
Here’s an infographic showing you more options:
How To Meditate With Crystals
When you have your crystal chosen, everything is basically set for your meditation practice. Different from the ordinary meditation process, doing it with crystals require programming it in advance so its power can be unleashed.
If you are new to meditation with crystals, here are 9 simple steps to follow:
1. Find a quiet and comfortable place for your meditation
This is obvious but crucial. Find a place where no one will disturb you in the next 20 minutes or so. Turn off (or at least set to silence) your phone and get ready to spend some time with yourself.
2. Relax your body and get into a comfortable posture.
You don’t always need to be sitting in a zazen posture. Sitting on a sofa or bed, anywhere you want. But remember to keep your spine as straight as possible so energies flow better within our body. If you have trouble sitting comfortably in stillness for more than 10 minutes, you can use a meditation cushion to provide better support.
3. Hold your crystal in your hand and program your intentions into the stone.
That means “telling your crystal what you want to achieve”. Observe your crystal closely and try to remember the color, the hue, the texture and the touch. Meanwhile, keep repeating your intentions in your mind. This will connect your mind to your crystal so it can better function and guide you through the sessions.
4. Close your eyes and calm your breath
Pay attention to the frequency of your breathing. Try to stabilize your breath. Feel the warmth of your breath when exhale and visualize the air going all the way into your lung, your blood and your brain.
5. Once you have a clear sense of your breathing, illustrate your crystal in your mind
Try to recall and reimagine the look and the touch of your stone. Pin the image in your mind just like you are seeing it with your own eyes. This will help to dismiss emotions and memories from pulling you around.
6. Keep your focal point on the virtual crystal and try to be an “observer”
It is inevitable that you might get carried away sometimes. When it happens, do not try to fight it. Instead, imagine yourself standing by the lake. Your thoughts and memories are like the floating boats. You watch as they come and go without getting in the water. In this way, you will be able to detach your mind and guide it to a higher awareness.
7. Visualize your intention
Picture the person you want to be or things you want to achieve in your mind. Tell the crystal to lead you to the goals. If you are new to meditation, we suggest skipping this part for the first few times. You will need a strong concentration to accomplish this step without being carried away by imaginations.
8. Take as long as you can. When you finish, gently open your eyes and take a deep breath.
9. Thank your crystals for helping you along the way
When and How Long Should I Meditate?
There are no specific restrictions when it comes to the meditation duration. But if you need to enter a deeper consciousness and regain control of your mind, you will need at least 5 minutes to do so.
Avoid meditating after meals.
When you just have food, the blood sugar level goes up and we tend to get tired and distracted more easily. The preferred time for meditation would be before breakfast or before bed when your consciousness is clearer and you can take advantage of meditation to make daily resolution or summery.
Meditation takes practices. There is no “successful” or “failed” meditation and its value should not be judged by duration. Try writing down your feelings after each session and take some time to reflect and optimize the practice. With accumulated experiences, you will notice the increasingly positive impact of meditation on your life.