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SPY Guide: How to Get Started With Meditation in 2018

* It’s never too late to start incorporating meditation into your wellness routine
* Learn to train your mind, destress and improve overall health with our helpful guide
* Read below for suggestions to a mind overhaul in 2018

Meditation is a spiritual approach to training the mind, similar to the way that fitness is an approach to training the body. Meditation dates back thousands of years and has been proven and backed by science to sharpen focus, lower blood pressure, relieve chronic pain and reduce stress. What better time to start a meditation practice than right now. Little is needed to get started, however, to help you along your journey, we have a found a few helpful items that can explain what meditation is, why it’s so important, help guide you through a session and keep you comfortable and calm during one. Continue reading for a stress-free New Year.

1. “Do not Disturb” Door Tag

Starting a meditation session requires finding a quiet place. Pick a room, make it your sanctuary and mark your territory with this “Do Not Disturb, Meditation in Session” plastic doorknob hanger sign. The colorful design will make it impossible to overlook and leave you to meditate in peace.


2. Real Happiness: The Power of Meditation

There is some rhyme and reason behind meditating and this book outlines it in the simplest way possible. “Real Happiness: The Power of Mediation” by Sharon Salzberg is a 28-day program outlining the basics of meditation including posture, breathing and establishing a daily schedule to the finer points of calming the mind. This is a complete guide to meditation, how to meditate and why meditation is beneficial.

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3. Goodbye Worries – Guided Meditation CD

Once you have read about the benefits of meditation, you can attempt to meditate on your own with The Calming Collection’s “Goodbye Worries, Guided Meditation to Train Your Mind to Quiet Your Thoughts” by Roberta Shapiro. This is a guided audio program that trains your mind through the power of hypnosis and meditation to effectively control worrisome thoughts. Goodbye Worries provides simple, direct solutions for dramatically reducing anxiety through the use of mindful meditation and hypnosis to more rapidly produce deep healing relaxation.


4. Chakra Healing Stones

Spirituality and health go hand in hand and the use of healing crystals can assist you to achieve whatever your purpose may be. While we are healing our minds with meditation, healing crystals are another spiritual path worth visiting. These Chakra Stones Healing Crystals can also be used for Reiki, healing, chakra balancing or ritual. Each of the 7 stones has a specific color and psychic vibration said to emit positive energy to attune and cleanse your aura.


5. Cotton Meditation Cushion

We have all heard the benefits of Yoga and incorporating a Zabuton Meditation Cushion into your routine can help assist with the practice. Zabutons are rectangular cushions often used under a zafu cushion to provide comfort and support to assist you in your sitting Yoga practice. These cushions are made to provide solid support and soft enough for your continued comfort.


6. Meditation Kit

Lululemon’s Meditation Kit contains everything you need to create a simple but powerful meditation ritual that engages your mind, body and senses. Warning: use of this kit may make you fall in love with the practice of meditation thus giving you a greater sense of calm. The kit comes complete with a journal that will guide you through 108 days of mindful practices, a firm and comfortable meditation cushion to aid your practice and a scented candle to help yourself drop into meditation more quickly.

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