Top 5 Essential Meditation Tools and How to Use Them

There’s no denying that starting a meditation practice can be tricky. Tools can help you stick to a daily practice, enhancing your session’s quality and allowing you to get more out of your mindfulness meditation

A meditation tool may make your practice more comfortable, easier or bring a different kind of magic to your everyday life.

What are meditation tools?

Meditation tools are equipment, items or resources that help us to meditate. They are often used in guided meditation or by meditation teachers to bring something slightly different to the class, but many people opt to use tools during their home practice too.

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Let’s take a look at 5 essential meditation tools and how to use them.

Top 5 Essential Meditation Tool

Meditation Cushions

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A meditation cushion can give support to those who find sitting for long periods uncomfortable. They encourage you to sit straight and comfortably, helping you to maintain focus and maximize all the benefits of meditation.

A meditation cushion is a popular meditation tool used by most meditators. While we advise sitting on a chair or sofa if you find sitting on the floor uncomfortable, many people like to separate their meditation time from their TV-watching time!

A meditation cushion allows you to comfortably sit on the floor, and there’s no danger you’ll accidentally fall into a sofa-slumber!

Meditation cushions make sitting during a meditation session a whole lot easier, offering support to your hips and buttocks. Without those nasty niggles that come from sitting on a hard floor, you’ll find it easier to focus for longer periods of time.

Meditation cushions are available in a huge range of colours to suit a variety of budgets. Many are filled with buckwheat, which gives them a great firmness. Some cushions come with both a seating cushion and an attached mat to support your ankles and legs.

Muse Headband & Muse 2

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The Muse headband & Muse 2 is technology at its finest! This headband notices when your attention wanders and adjusts its sound to bring your attention back to your practice. 

Muse combines spirituality with advanced technology, an interesting mix to say the least! But the Muse headband and Muse 2 are extremely effective tools, offering incredible insights into your brain’s activity while also helping to guide you away from distractions.

The Muse headband is worn around your head and uses EEG sensors to measure your brain’s activity.

If your mind begins to wander, the headband notices, and adjusts its sound to bring your attention back to your practice.

The Muse headband & Muse 2 are high-tech meditation devices and for this reason, it’s not for everyone. However, for those who struggle to focus during their practice and have the budget for such an advanced tool, the Muse headband can dramatically improve the quality of your practice.

Meditation Beads / Mala Beads

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Mala beads can help meditators to maintain focus while they practice. They are often used during mantra meditations

Mala Beads can help meditators to maintain focus while they practice. They are often used during mantra meditations.

Mala Beads are another great tool for both new and experienced meditators. These beads can help keep you focused during your Meditation practices.

Simply holding the beads can help focus your attention. They are commonly used in Buddhist traditions such as Loving-Kindness Meditation and counting breathing intervals in mindfulness.

Quietly tracing the beads while you do deep breathing or recite your mantra can help you stay focused and calm.

This can help enhance self awareness , slow your breathing and heighten your meditative practices. They also make a wonderful gift for yogis and meditators!

Incense

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Incense is often used to cleanse the room and bring about greater relaxation. It can help meditators to focus, and is almost always used in guided meditation classes. 

Practicing meditation in a class often involves the use of incense. Accompanying your meditation with incense can bring about a calmer state of mind, deepening your attention and heightening your senses. Traditionally, incense was used as a means to measure the passing of time, as the stick shortens while it burns.

Lighting incense before your mindfulness practice can help to cleanse the room, and put you into a more zen mindset. If you meditate in your living room, bedroom or even your office, it can be hard to switch off. Incense can help you to prepare the room and put you in a more serene headspace, ready for your session.

For meditation, sandalwood and lotus are two of the most popular scents to use, but choose a scent that you like best! If you are using incense to aid sleep, we recommend lavender, rosemary, and cedarwood.

Guided Meditation/ Meditation Apps

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Guided meditations are used all around the world for both beginners and experienced meditators to help with many different type of meditations. MindEasy has many guided meditation courses to help you stay motivated and inspired in your practice.

Many people struggle to focus when meditating independently, finding themselves watching the clock or daydreaming.

A guided meditation can enhance your practice as an experienced teacher leads you. You’ll also be able to choose a specific meditation for your mood or goals.

If you’re struggling with insomnia, a guided sleep meditation paired with some relaxing meditation music is a great option. If you’ve had a bad day, a relaxing mindfulness meditation can help.

Another benefit of a guided meditation library is that you can work your way through specific courses.

MindEasy doesn’t just have a range of standalone meditations, we also offer meditation courses up to 10 days in length to help you achieve a specific goal.

Our stress reliefself-lovevipassana and mantra meditation courses can help you to stay motivated and inspired.

Our wonderful teachers will be with you every step of the way to help you stay on track.

Key Facts

  1. Meditation tools are used worldwide to help both beginner and experienced meditators maintain the quality of their practice.
  2. Meditation cushions are perfect if you struggle to get comfortable during your meditation.
  3. Meditation beads can help to deepen your awareness and focus, plus they make a great gift!
  4. Incense can be used during every practice to cleanse the room and relax you.
  5. The Muse headband is a high-tech tool, designed to help you stay focused during your practice.
  6. Guided meditations can help you to stay motivated and inspired. MindEasy’s meditation courses can help you to work towards a specific goal.

Griff Williams

MindEasy founder & meditation teacher

Griff Williams is an accredited meditation teacher and founder of MindEasy. He spent 12 years working as a London firefighter before changing paths to pursue building MindEasy. He received his diploma in meditation teaching from The British School of Meditation.

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