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5 Tips to Enhance Your Meditation

meditation-277889_960_720Meditation is among the oldest forms of self-enlightenment, dating back thousands of years. Even today, it’s practiced by tens of millions of people throughout the world. If you’re thinking about meditating, however, you should follow these tips for an easier and more productive session.

Maintain a Positive Mindset

Meditation refers to a broad range of practices that are designed to reduce stress, increase energy, and develop a greater love, patience and compassion for others. Therefore, it’s essential that you maintain a positive mindset throughout the process. If you are stressed about work, finances or a relationship, it may negatively impact your meditation sessions. Learn to block out these negative thoughts while meditating, focusing on your inner chakra instead.

Meditate in a Distraction-Free Environment

It’s difficult to mediate when you’re constantly being distracted by outside elements. Whether it’s the television, radio, phone, etc., these things can make it difficult to concentrate, reducing the effectiveness of your sessions. So if you’re planning to meditate, find a quiet, distraction-free environment. Some people prefer to mediate at night for this very reason, as there’s fewer distractions during the night as opposed to the day.

Pre-Meditation Stretching

Many experts recommend performing a light stretching exercise before you meditate. The purpose of this is to improve flexibility and stimulate blood flow throughout the body. You don’t have to spend half an hour stretching, but rather spend a couple of minutes tilting your body forwards, backwards and from side to side.

Control Your Breathing

The secret to a productive meditation session lies in the breathing technique. Meditation is all about relaxing the body and mind — something that’s directly impacted by breathing. When meditating, take slow, deep breaths. This will slow your heart rate while allowing your body to relax. The great thing about deep-breathing exercises such as this is that you can perform them virtually anywhere, anytime.

Stimulate Your Senses

Contrary to what some people may believe, you don’t necessarily have to block out your surrounding environment when meditating. In fact, you can actually use your environment to your advantage by allowing it to further relax your body and mind. Burning scented candles or incense, for instance, may create a pleasing aroma that helps you relax. You can also play some soothing music, such as nature sounds, to enhance your meditation sessions and promote greater relaxation.

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What is a Chakra? [Get the Facts]

When researching spiritual growth and development, you may come across something known as a chakra. Cultures throughout the world recognize chakras, using them for spiritual and religious purposes. But what exactly is a chakra? This is one of the many questions that we’re going to answer today.

Chakras: the Basics

A chakra is believed to be a metaphysical energy point within the body.  According to Indian religion, they serve as meeting points of energy channels known as nadi. Our bodies have an active life force flowing through them at all times. The pathways through which this life/energy force flows is nadi, whereas the connecting points are chakras.

Chakras are often used in conjunction with massage therapy, acupuncture, acupressure, and other forms of traditional medicine to treat and/or prevent illness. If you are feeling sad, depressed or experiencing emotional anxiety, for instance, targeting the solar plexus chakra may offer relief. Typically recognized as being directly above the stomach, the solar plexus chakra has been proven effective in treating emotional disorders.

Where Chakras are Located

If you asked ten different practitioners where the chakras are located, you would probably get ten different answers. That’s because every school has its own belief system regarding the use of chakras. Subsequently, this often leads to confusion regarding which areas to target for the best resolutions. If you are suffering from fatigue, for instance, one school may recommend targeting one chakra, whereas another school recommends targeting a different chakra.

In fact, there is no standard system of the chakras. Every school, sometimes every teacher within each school, has had his own chakra system.”
~ Professor David Gorden White

7 Most Common Chakras

Although there’s no universal system in place for identifying and utilizing chakras, the seven most common and widespread chakras consist of the following:

  • Root chakra
  • Sacral chakra
  • Solar Plexus chakra
  • Heart chakra
  • Throat chakra
  • Third-eye chakra
  • Crown chakra

Why Chakras are Important

Chakras are important because they represent our body’s life/energy force. When this invisible force becomes trapped, the point of conflict must be stimulated to restore it back to its working order. Failure to correct blockages of life force can leave us susceptible to disease and illness, ranging from the common cold virus to more serious and potentially life-threatening illnesses. Chakras represent the points on the body where these blockages occur. Therefore, by identifying these areas you can correct blockages of life force to promote better health and wellness.


  1. There are a lot of books for balancing chakras available on Amazon.
  2. Check out this video to assist you in balancing your chakras.
  3. Download this Free Chakra Healing with the Angels Meditation.

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How to Improve Your Aura Energy

Although invisible to the naked eye, every man, woman and child has an invisible force surrounding their bodies. Known as an aura, it’s believed to play an important role in our health and well-being. When our aura energy subsides, we are less protected against disease and illness. When our aura is strong, on the other hand, we are more protected against adverse conditions. So, what can you do to strengthen the energy of your aura?

Soak in the Sun

The sun’s powerful UV rays can strengthen your aura, supplementing your body with much-needed vitamin D while reinvigorating your cells. A good rule of thumb is to strive for 30 minutes of sun exposure per day. Keep in mind, however, that too much sun exposure can be bad for your health, promoting fine lines, early aging, and even increasing your risk of melanoma. Stick with 30 minutes per day for maximum benefit to your aura.  If you can’t get enough sun depending on where you live or the season, then consider taking a Vitamin D supplement.

Avoid Processed Foods

Humans have evolved over the course of tens of thousands of years, during which we’ve consumed natural foods like fresh vegetables, fruits and meats. It wasn’t until this past century, however, when our diets began to shift towards more processed foods — with a particular focus on grains. There’s nothing wrong with an occasional processed snack, but if the bulk of your diet is processed foods, it may weaken your aura. These foods will make you feel “full” afterwards, but they don’t offer any real vitamins or nutrition, thus weakening nearly every system in your body — including your aura.


Among the most damaging elements to a person’s aura field is stress. When you experience psychological stress, your body weakens and becomes more susceptible to illness. Unfortunately, though, stress is something that everyone will experience during their lives, some more frequently than others. While there’s no way to completely avoid stress, there are ways to reduce it. Here are some simple tips to reduce stress and promote a stronger aura:

Salt Bath

We’ve talked about the benefits of salt before on our blog, but it’s worth mentioning again that this naturally occurring mineral can increase levels of positive energy. If you’re looking to improve your aura energy, try taking a warm bath with one cup of sea salt added. The salt will stimulate your aura while cleansing your skin in the process.

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Relaxation Techniques to Relieve Stress and Anxiety

Do you experience regular bouts of stress? While some people assume stress is harmless, it can negatively affect both your body and mind. According to the website StatisticsBrain, 77% of the general population experiences physical symptoms caused by stress. This may include increased blood pressure, sweating, insomnia, weakened immune system, fatigue, etc. Thankfully, you can relieve stress and anxiety by engaging in one or more of the following relaxation techniques.

Mantra Meditation

Mantra is a Transcendental Meditation technique that involves silently repeating a word or phrase in a quiet, distraction-free environment with your eyes closed. Your “mantra” can literally be anything, ranging from your own name to a motivational phrase like “just breathe.” Of course, it’s recommended that you choose a positive mantra for optimal results, as negatively focused mantras could have the opposite effect by increasing stress levels. Mantra meditation is believed to allow the individual’s attention to transition to a quieter style of functioning. Click here for some ancient mantra’s.

Guided Meditation

What in the world is guided meditation and how can it help to relieve stress and anxiety? Guided meditation is exactly what it sounds like: meditation that’s performed under the guidance and/or instructions of another individual. Many people want to meditate but don’t know how. Guided meditation allows newcomers to experience a true, genuine meditation practice under the expertise of an instructor.

Keep in mind, however, that you can still perform guided meditation at home. There are guided meditation DVDs, MP3s, smartphone apps and more.

On our site we share various meditations with you every month, some of which are guided. A couple links are listed below, as well as another at the end of this post.

Observe Your Mind

The next time you feel stressed, try becoming the observer of your own mind. To do this, close your eyes and place your attention towards the area between your eyebrows (known as the Third Eye). Rather than feeling your anxiety, sit back and observe it. Doing so will allow you to develop a greater understanding of the true cause of your stress, at which point you make changes in your life to eliminate it.

Relax Your Muscles

As we mentioned earlier, stress can bring on physical symptoms, such as muscle tension for instance. When you are stressed, your body will instinctively tense up. To relieve this physical tension, close your eyes and relax each and every muscle, starting from the top of your head and working your way to the bottom of your feet. As your muscles begin to revert back to their normal, relaxed state, you’ll feel a sense of calmness flowing through your body. See the meditation video below.

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Top Aromatherapy Oils for Spiritual Development

Aromatherapy has been used for both medicinal and spiritual purposes for thousands of years, with some of the earliest known reports dating back to the ancient Chinese, Egyptian, and Greek civilizations. As you may already know, it involves the inhalation of natural fragrant compounds for the purpose of altering a person’s mood, cognitive function, or mental and/or physical well-being. Aromatherapy can also be used for spiritual development purposes, assuming the right oils are used.


lavenderWho doesn’t enjoy the light, stress-relieving fragrances of lavender? Originating out of the Mediterranean, this beautifully colored herb has become synonymous with aromatherapy. Lavender has been shown to both stimulate cognitive function while also relieving mental stress and anxiety. It’s a one-two punch that makes it particularly effective for spiritual practices like meditation.


If you aren’t a fan of lavender, perhaps you should try lemongrass. Also known as Cymbopogon, lemongrass has a distinct citrus-like flavor and aroma. When cultivated for aromatherapy, lemongrass leaves are typically harvested and pressed to extract the oil. This oil is then placed in a diffuser that emits the oil into the air. Much like the aforementioned lavender, lemongrass also has calming, stress-relieving properties. Both lavender and lemongrass have been shown to improve sleep cycles. So if you have trouble falling asleep or staying asleep at night, try placing a diffuser filled with lemongrass or lavender oil in your bedroom, or try a cup of lemongrass tea.


We can’t talk about aromatherapy oils without mentioning peppermint. Peppermint is a fragrance that most people associate with candy, which is to be expected considering the vast array of candies featuring this scent and flavor. But peppermint oil offers some surprising benefits in terms of spiritual development. According to studies conducted by the Smell Institute, peppermint is useful in relieving anxiety and depression. Best of all, peppermint oil is incredibly strong, often requiring just a few drops in a diffuser to work.

The Science Behind Aromatherapy

You might be wondering how in the world aromatherapy oils such as these are able to improve a person’s mental and physical well-being. The truth is that scientists have yet to fully understand the mechanics behind aromatherapy, but the general consensus is that it does work. Some experts attribute the effectiveness of aromatherapy to its ability to stimulate certain regions on the brain. When you smell peppermint, for instance, it stimulates a particular area of the brain, which may in turn allow the body to relax.

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Rituals to Cleanse Your Spirit

Most of us routinely clean our homes, cars, rooms, office spaces, and even our bodies. How often do we cleanse our spirit? We all know we should take better care of ourselves, so here are a couple easy ways you can incorporate cleansing your spirit.

Take a Saltwater Bath

Often referred to as “The Tears of God,” salt plays a key role in spiritual health and cleansing. It’s able to expunge negative energy, giving our body and mind a fresh start so to speak. If you are looking to hit the reset button by flushing negative energy from your spirit, consider taking a hot saltwater bath.

Fill the tub up with warm-to-hot water according to your liking, toss in 2 cups of all-natural sea salt, and soak inside for at least half an hour. During this time, try to visualize the problems affecting your spirit and picture them going away. Whether you are experiencing relationship problems, poor health, financial instability, etc., focus your thoughts on releasing the negative aspects of your life while taking a saltwater bath. Picture the troubles going down the drain as you drain the tub. When you get out, avoid using a towel and instead allow your body to air dry. Doing so will create a protective layer of salt over your skin, protecting you from negative energy.

Incorporate Feng Shui Into Your Home

How can Feng Shui be used to cleanse your spirit? Feng Shui is an ancient Chinese philosophical system that’s based on the principle of harmonizing one’s environment. When your environment becomes cluttered, it promotes negative energy — negative energy which enters your body and spirit. Therefore, you should work to harmonize your home and surrounding environment with Feng Shui. This may include rearranging the furniture, painting the walls, removing unnecessary clutter, etc.

Check out these books on Feng Shui from Amazon.

Sage Smudging

A third ritual that is commonly performed the purpose of cleaning one’s spirit is sage smudging. This process involves the use of bundled sage herb that are bound together with string. Once lit, the sage will burn to release cleansing fragrances and chemicals into the environment. People have been using smudge sticks for centuries, with some of the earliest known reports dating back to the Native Americans.

To cleanse your spirit with a smudge stick, first make sure it is filled with fresh, genuine sage. Smudge sticks can be used with a variety of different herbs, although sage has been proven to yield the greatest benefit in terms of cleansing. Next, have a friend or family member burn the smudge stick while you lie down, running the stick over your body, back and forth. During this process, take slow, deep breaths to really draw in the sage.

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A short video on how to Feng Shui your wallet.

How to use sage to smudge yourself and your home.

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Best Places to Meditate

A relaxing and mentally productive meditation session begins with choosing the right location. Attempting to meditate in a loud, distracting environment will make it increasingly difficult for you to retain control of your thoughts, which of course is essential for this practice. However, a peaceful and serene environment will allow enhance your ability to meditate, as it ties directly into your thoughts in a natural, seamless manner.

The Beach

You can can’t wrong with the beach when choosing a location to meditate. Even if there are other beach-goers present, the sound of the ocean waves crashing against the shore will provide a soothing and relaxing background. You can try to align your breathing with the ocean waves, breathing in and out at the same time as the waves crash. And if you still want some privacy, try venturing down shore to find a jetty or some other secluded area.

The Woods

Of course, a forest or wooded area is another excellent location to meditate. There’s just something peaceful about the woods. Perhaps it’s the fact that there are no signs of modern civilization present, or maybe it’s because of the diverse wildlife. Regardless, a wooded area makes a great place to meditate. I recommend searching for a somewhat open area with a large log on which you can sit. You can then post up here and perform your regular meditation ritual.

In a Field

Open fields of grass offer an ideal location to meditate. With only the sound of blades of grass blowing in the wind, you’ll have an easier time maintaining focus during meditation.  You may also hear the birds singing or see some wild life depending on the time of day and location.

On the Airplane

If you frequently travel via commercial airliner — for work or leisure — try meditating on your next flight. Most people are either sleeping or playing on their gadgets during flights, so chances are they won’t pay any attention to you. Just close your eyes and make slow, deep breaths while blocking all distractions in your surrounding environment.

If you are a traveler, there are also many places that offer retreats for meditation.

In Your Bed

Who says that you have to travel outside of your home (or bedroom) to meditate? Many people actually prefer to meditate in their bed, as this offers a familiar, relaxing environment without any surprises. Whether it’s in the morning or at night, try laying down on your bed and meditating for 10-20 minutes. As long as the TV is turned off and other distractions removed, this should offer an ideal location.

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