By Diane Small
For many, winter is the most depressing season. There’s a lack of sunshine, a lack of movement (too cold to go out!) and it seems all we do is work, eat and sleep. Some decide to stay in, ‘cocooning’ with hot chocolate and Netflix. But you know what? A lot of the shows there are pretty depressing, too. I mean, how much violence and horror can we handle? Other people try to escape winter by taking holidays somewhere sunny and beachy – but as soon as they return home, the blues creep in slowly. In short, this seems to be a time of year when we’re low in physical, mental and psychic energy.
So, how to beat the seasonal blues for good? It seems that practising healing crystal meditation can help.
How do healing crystals work?
While meditation simply requires you and a desire to commit to peace and fulfillment, crystals can add a new dimension of inner exploration that can be quite rewarding. Here are a few reasons for using crystals during meditation, according to the Chopra Center:
- Deepens meditation practice
- Helps to achieve a specific outcome
- Reinforces intentions
- Raises consciousness and awareness
- Deepens intuition and insight
The relaxed state cultivated during meditation allows you to tune into the properties of the chosen stone. Healthline suggests that citrine can help bring joy; ruby can bring vitality, and tiger’s eye can bring motivation and balance, for example.
Still wondering why a gemstone can change your mood? Ayurvedic principles state that everything in nature is made up of energy and intelligence, and that we are constantly exchanging energy and information with everything around us, whether we are aware of it or not. “The trees are our lungs, the rivers our circulation, the air our breath, and the earth our body,” says Deepak Chopra, offering a perspective on how intimately connected you are with nature. How can you not be connected to nature after hundreds of thousands of years of evolving on this planet? It is from this subtle level that all of nature, including crystals from the mineral world, interact and communicate with us.
Silatha is a wellbeing brand that offers healing crystal jewellery with a dedicated meditation app where they share vital information on how meditation and gemstones can have a positive and transformative effect on our mental health. They claim that when meditating with gemstones, we allow their unique energy to heal us, and we can also use the crystal as an anchor setting it with our intention. It’s worth a try, right?
How to meditate with healing crystals
Here’s how to get started with your gemstone assisted meditation.
1. Set an intention
To make the most of your meditation, set an intention for your journey. For example, would you like to lift your mood? Gain some energy? Clear your mind? Think about what you’d like to get out of your meditative practice, or take this quiz to see what you need most right now. Close your eyes, take a few deep breaths and ask your heart what you need to know for your meditation journey. Continue to breathe deeply and slowly. The message may come as a feeling in your body, an emotion, a thought, an image or a colour. Just go with it.
2. Be grateful
When you finish your meditation, practise gratitude – for the gemstone, its energy and yourself for the time you took. Be grateful for the authenticity you were able to tap into and the journey you are on.
3. Take the wisdom in your day to day life
Take the peace and wisdom from the meditation into your daily life. Slowly, you’ll find yourself living in alignment with who you are and what you want. Try writing your thoughts in a journal to help you becoming more accountable and follow your progress.
4. Connect to your crystal
Carry your crystal with you during the day, so that you can remind yourself of your intention and carry it as an anchor with you.
Long term effects
Daily meditation has many scientifically proven benefits, including lifting depression, boosting happiness, and reducing feelings of anxiety and anger.
In fact, regular practice will bring about incredible results and can have a transformative effect on your mental health. Here are some of the best known mediation side-effects:
Melatonin is one of the key ingredients for a deep slumber. Researchers at Rutgers University have shown those who meditate have a 98% increase in melatonin levels. This means they can fall into a deeper sleep easier. Meditators also have more calm and pleasurable brain waves compared to insomniacs.
Dr Bruce Lipton, a leading cell researcher, argues stress causes 95% of diseases. Internalising daily stresses starts as just shallow breathing and tightening of the muscles, yet long term this weakens your immune system, accelerate ageing and shrink brain tissue. Meditation releases neutralising chemicals that have been scientifically proven to minimise stress and quieten mind chatter.
People with high emotional intelligence demonstrate more empathy, altruism, self-awareness and adaptability. Meditation has been shown to increase emotional intelligence through the process of neuroplasticity – rewiring your brain over time.
Anxious no more
GABA (gamma aminobutyric acid) is better known as the chemical that makes you feel calm. Studies have proven that after a mere 60 accumulative minutes of meditating increase levels of GABA by 27% – resulting in less anxiety and racing thoughts. Meditation also releases endorphins, a natural high that elevates feelings of happiness.
Meditation is easy – there’s no ‘art’ or ‘trick’ to it – just breathe deeply, close your eyes and clear your mind. Keep your healing crystal in your hand or even on the top of your head (a.k.a. your ‘crown chakra’ – which connects you to the universe) and open yourself to the possibility of it healing you. Even though you may not feel like the Dalai Lama after your first few meditation sessions, you will notice a difference in your overall mood pretty much immediately. And who knows? Over time, you may even start to fall in love with winter!
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