The holiday season is approaching and it can be a difficult time to find the perfect gift for people in your life. Many find it a very stressful time. Meditation can be a great way to calm the mind during the busy holiday season. There are many benefits that meditation can offer like: a calmer mind, better focus, more energy and improved health. If you know someone who meditates or would like to learn, then these gifts will help them in their meditation practice.
The Best Gifts for Meditation
A meditation cushion is an excellent gift for those who meditate. It offers comfort and stability when meditating. It’s a great way to have a set place to do your meditation practice. Meditation cushions help to keep your legs from falling asleep during longer sits. You can see our list of recommended meditation cushions here.
A meditation bell is a nice way to signify the start and end of your meditation practice. It also indicates the call to awaking and out of the conditioned mind into presence. Traditional Tingsha style bells have a nice tone and pitch. They will put you in the right state of mind.
Meditation Singing Bowl
Singing bowls are a powerful tool to incorporate into your meditations. They produce a frequency that can be felt. Larger bowls will emanate a lower pitched sound. The singing bowl can be hit with a mallet or by rubbing the rim to generate a sustaining sound that will resonate. The vibrations of the singing bowls have the same wavelength found in the brainwaves that produce feelings of relaxation. One can also use these sounds to meditate too. See what we recommended.
Books About Meditation and The Working Mind
Meditation brings out many questions about the workings of the human mind. You begin to realize that you are not your thoughts. The ego and the self-take on a smaller role in your life. You see the mind for what it is, conditioned and based in the past. Here are some insightful books to help one see how the mind works and become free from it.
Books on Spirituality
Freedom from the Known
Spiritual books can help a mediator see that there is more to us than just the mind and body. There is something deeper, a stillness or space that is present in all of us. Here are some excellent spiritual books to consider.
Mala beads can help aid in your meditation practice. They are used as a counting device. Each bead represents one round of mantra. They allow you to focus on the meaning of the mantra or affirmation by keeping track of your count. As the beads move between your fingers, they help you stay focused on your meditation and mantra. Each mala set contains a tasseled bead which signifies the end of your mantra round. Wearing your mala beads throughout the day can help reinforce your yoga or meditation practice. Mala beads can remind you to stay present and in the moment.
A Buddha Board consists of a water brush and pallet. You can create an image or phrase using the brush and water. It will appear very vivid and eventually evaporate and disappear. It is used as a reminder to stay in the present moment. Just like the true Buddha teachings, everything is transient. It’s a great tool to recognize that thoughts, images and feelings will come and go. Nothing is permanent.
Many of these gifts for the meditator can help one stay focused on their meditation practice. They are a nice way to show loved ones that you care about their well-being. Meditation can help to calm the mind during the busy holiday season.