Never before has there been such a global emphasis on mindfulness, meditation, well-being and achieving balance. As our lives become increasingly more fast-paced, and the pressures to be ‘always-on’ become more difficult to manage, the trends towards meditation and mindfulness practices just keep on growing.
But how easy is it to meditate without the help of a guide or teacher? If you’re new to meditation, the process of ‘switching off’ can seem impossible to achieve, and even for those that regularly practice yoga or mindfulness, meditating on your own at home is a whole new challenge when your to-do list just keeps on growing, or worries start to creep in.
Luckily, there are endless tools and gadgets out there that aim to make meditation at home a lot easier to adopt and to stick to, from low-tech traditional products to the latest high-tech innovations. It’s a hugely popular and growing market, and the availability of products seems overwhelming. So, here’s a list of some of the best gadgets for meditation and mindfulness, starting from the basic essentials all the way through to the mindblowing!
1. Meditation Cushion or Bolster
Probably the hardest part of meditating is being able to sit still for long periods of time. Switching off is already hard enough and is only made more challenging when your back starts to hurt, or your legs go numb from sitting cross-legged on the floor. Meditation cushions are great at adding some support and stability and allowing you to sit comfortably while you meditate. With so many options to choose from, picking one seems like a challenge in itself! Why not go for a crescent shaped one, and see how you get on.
These beautiful Tibetan Buddhist hand bells produce a clear sound associated with the Heart Chakra. The perfect sound to start and end your peaceful practice, helping to focus the mind, relax and concentrate. If you’re not sure how or why to use them, check out this short YouTube video.
Singing bowls, also known as Tibetan Prayer Bowls, Himalayan Bowls or Rin Gongs, are a type of musical instrument that will help your mindfulness meditation practice. As with most of the items on this list so far, the options are numerous, and the costs vary. If you’re just starting out, then try a smaller bowl like the one pictured and grow from there. Similarly to the cymbals above, the sound emitted will help you to relax, calm your mind and concentrate.
4. Aromatherapy Oil Diffuser with Mood Lighting
Aromatherapy diffusers really do come in all shapes and sizes, and whichever you pick will depend on your taste and budget. Aromatherapy oils have been proven to help you meditate, as well as sleep better, calm your mind, or even energise you depending on the oil you use. The added benefit of purchasing one with mood lighting is that coloured light has been proven to have an effect on your mood, so pick a colour that soothes you and start your meditation practice.
If aromatherapy is not for you, or you simply find it difficult to meditate in total silence, why not try a white noise machine instead? This one comes with an alarm clock and mood lighting too, so not only will it wake you up with soothing lighting (instead of that awful beeping), but it will also provide you with relaxing sounds like rain, ocean waves or water drops to help you achieve meditation bliss!
6. Spire Tracking Device
Everyone seems to have a fitness tracker these days, but the Spire tracker does more than just track your steps and calories, it also tracks your breathing rate and senses when you’re tense. The accompanying app offers breathing exercises and guided meditations, helping you to calm down in moments of high stress.
The Bellabeat tracker is aimed at a female audience, and much like the Spire tracker listed above it doesn’t limit itself to just counting your steps and calories. It also tracks your sleep pattern, your breathing and your menstrual cycles. The accompanying app has guided meditations you can use, and all activity is recorded on the app. The tracker itself looks like a beautiful piece of jewellery that you can wear as a bracelet, a necklace, or pin it to your top. Bellabeat will help women achieve a better level of health and wellness – this is one gadget for meditation and mindfulness that truly works!
8. Muse Brain Sensing Headband
You may have noticed this one in a recent post – well, we can’t get enough of it. If you have tried meditation apps, you’ll know that they can only help you to a certain extent because they are ‘one size fits all’ i.e. not personalised to you and your current mood. Sometimes you need a bit more help winding down and this simply cannot be achieved while listening to a recording. This is where Muse comes in. The headband works with an ambient noise app, to personalise the meditation practice based on your brainwaves!
This meditation gadget detects when you’re stressed and feeds this information back to your phone. When you’re struggling to stop thinking, the app automatically plays louder nature sounds to help you focus, and when it senses you are fully calm, it plays gentle weather noise instead! Yes, it’s a bit on the expensive side, but if it works then it’s money well spent!
There are so many gadgets for meditation and mindfulness out there, but these 8 are sure to get your meditation practice to the next level. Try them out and see how you get on or leave a comment with any other meditation and mindfulness gadgets you have come across.