Earthing Mats For Meditation
Whilst we all know that meditation is good for the soul, are we also aware of how earthing while you meditate can increase those benefits to ensure you’re really getting the most from each and every session? With winter closing in and the UK weather somewhat unpredictable how can we meditate while grounding?
Why is Meditation so important?
Meditation is often seen as self-indulgent nonsense, however, thanks to studies in more recent years and increasing self-awareness, it’s becoming much more popular and a lot more is now understood about meditation and its benefits while it becomes a huge part of people’s self-care routine. Just some of the benefits of regular meditation include;
- Increased awareness, clarity and a sense of calm
- Improved focus and concentration
- Eases symptoms of stress, depression and anxiety
- Decreased pain related to stress
Earthing Mats for Earthing Indoors
There’s nothing quite like a meditation session outdoors with the sun on your face and breeze across your face but it can be a miserable experience if it’s cold and wet. Researchers believe that the reason we feel so much more from meditating outdoors is due to being grounded, therefore getting all of the extra benefits, without perhaps ever realising you’re doing it. To imitate those benefits of meditating outdoors you can simply introduce an earthing mat. Placed on the floor or chair you’re using there are no other changes needed. It is important to note, however, that you should wear clothing made from natural materials to be able to get the most from your mat.
You can also place the mat on the floor and place your bare feet on there.
Types of meditation
According to headspace the meditation app “Experienced meditators agree: a daily meditation practice can have significant benefits for mental and physical health. But one thing they probably won’t agree on? The most effective types of meditation. That’s simply because it’s different for everyone. After all, there are literally hundreds of meditation techniques encompassing practices from different traditions, cultures, spiritual disciplines, and religions. There’s not a universally accepted “best” or “most effective” type; rather, it is our individual preference that helps us choose the one (or ones) that works best for us.” Here are a few of some of the more popular types of meditation.
- Focused attention. This form of meditation is fairly straightforward because it uses the object of our breath to focus attention, to anchor the mind and maintain awareness. Notice your mind starting to wander? Simply return to the breath.
- Body scan. Often, our body is doing one thing while our mind is elsewhere. This technique is designed to sync body and mind by performing a mental scan, from the top of the head to the end of your toes. Imagine a photocopier light slowly moving over your body, bringing attention to any discomfort, sensations, tensions, or aches that exist.
- Noting. Whether you are focusing on the breath or simply sitting in quiet, this technique involves specifically “noting” what’s distracting the mind, to the extent that we are so caught up in a thought or emotion that we’ve lost our awareness of the breath (or whatever the object of focus is). We “note” the thought or feeling to restore awareness, create a bit of space, as a way of letting go, and to learn more about our thought patterns, tendencies, and conditioning.
- Visualization. This type of meditation invites you to picture something or someone in your mind — we are essentially replacing the breath with a mental image as the object of focus. It can feel challenging to some, but it’s really no different than vividly recalling the face of an old friend naturally, without effort. And so it is with meditation. By conjuring a specific visualization, we not only get to observe the mind, but we also get to focus on any physical sensations.
- Loving kindness. Focusing on the image of different people — it doesn’t matter if we know them or not, if we like them or not — is integral to this technique. We direct positive energy and goodwill first to ourselves, and then, as a ripple effect, to others, which helps us let go of unhappy feelings we may be experiencing. Below is a video with more instruction on how to use the loving kindness meditation technique.
- Skillful compassion. Similar to the loving kindness meditation technique, this one involves focusing on a person you know or love and paying attention to the sensations arising from the heart. By opening our hearts and minds for the benefit of other people, we have the opportunity to foster a feeling of happiness in our own mind.
- Resting awareness. Rather than focusing on the breath or a visualization, this technique involves letting the mind truly rest; thoughts may enter, but instead of distracting you and pulling you away from the present moment, they simply drift away.
- Reflection. This technique invites you to ask yourself a question: perhaps something such as, “What are you most grateful for?” (Note that asking yourself a question using the second person — you — will discourage the intellectual mind from trying to answer it rationally.) Be aware of the feelings, not the thoughts, that arise when you focus on the question.
- Zen meditation. This ancient Buddhist tradition involves sitting upright and following the breath, particularly the way it moves in and out of the belly, and letting the mind “just be.” Its aim is to foster a sense of presence and alertness.
- Mantra meditation. This technique is similar to focused attention meditation, although instead of focusing on the breath to quiet the mind, you focus on a mantra (which could be a syllable, word, or phrase). The idea here is that the subtle vibrations associated with the repeated mantra can encourage positive change — maybe a boost in self-confidence or increased compassion for others — and help you enter an even deeper state of meditation.
Read the full list including helpful articles on meditation at Headspace.com
To find out more about the benefits of Earthing Mats see our article here