Easy meditation tools for stress relief

With the holidays fast approaching, many are looking for new ways to effectively manage stress. Next time you feel frazzled, why not add a simple meditation practice to your routine to help calm your body and mind? Here are some easy meditation tools for modern times that can help you feel more centered. Check them out and tune into Daybreak on Thursday to see us talk about them!

Sounds True
Sounds True publishes more than 500 titles about the spiritual journey, meditation, psychology, creativity, health and healing, self-discovery, relationships, and more. These programs, ranging between one and five hours in length, are original recordings featuring teachers who present their own ideas, in their own words. Sounds True recordings are almost always unscripted—transcending the level of a normal audio reading to create a vibrant, living connection between the author and listener. When it comes specifically to meditation to reduce stress, you’ll find a variety of titles that can help you re-focus your mind including Meditations to Change Your Brain, Stress Relief and In The Flow.

21 Drops
21 Drops offers a modern, stylish approach to aromatherapy. Each of 21 Drops essential oil blends treats a particular concern or aspiration, empowering people to relax, restore and renew. The De-Stress, PMS relief, Calm and Uplift blends are particularly good to help balance the body in times of stress and can be easily used in conjunction with your meditation practice. Also, make sure to check out the exclusive new Quick Fix that is brand new for Holiday 2013 and available at Sephora nationwide.  www.21drops.com

Singing Bowls and Mala Beads
Singing Bowls date back around 1500 years and have been utilized in ancient Tibetan Ceremonies and Practices. A singing bowl is played by resting the bowl on the flat of the hand and rotating the stick around the outside rim of the bowl. This produces a vibration, which creates a hum. This natural and harmonious sound emitted by singing bowls is used to create a state of deep relaxation. In addition, Mala Beads have been utilized equally as long and are meant to help someone keep track as they recite positive messages or mantras to soothe the mind.

Barefoot Yoga
You don’t have to practice yoga to utilize some of the tools for meditation. For instance, the round zafu cushion by Barefoot Yoga is a simple relaxation tool made from exceptionally soft 100% cotton twill fabric and filled with buckwheat hulls. Zafus have been used for everyday sitting in Asia for centuries and have been rediscovered by Westerners for meditation, yoga and overall relaxation. You simply sit on the comfy cushion as a way to align your body and mind. www.barefootyoga.com