Serenity Now: 8 Gift Ideas for the Person Who Needs Some Zen
Between work, family, and, at this time of year, the holidays, life can get pretty hectic. While you probably can't escape to some tropical island whenever you want, what you can do is carve out a little piece of paradise of your own, wherever you are. All you need are some deep breaths and maybe a few fun items.
THERE IS NO RIGHT WAY TO MEDITATE
Science has shownthe health benefits of meditation, such as helping to relieve anxiety, fatigue, and sleep disturbances. But it's easier said than done. There’s the fidgeting, the mind wandering, and the potentially falling asleep.
Author and artist Yumi Sakugawa is here to help. Her book, There Is No Right Way to Meditate and Other Lessons, uses captivating ink illustrations and encouraging words to offer a unique perspective on how to lead a more mindful life.
MINI ZEN GARDEN
Japanese rock gardens, which are often found near Buddhist temples, are designed to stimulate meditation. You can have your own moment of zen at home or the office with this little rock garden kit. Or if green is more your thing, check out mini bonsai garden kit.
INCENSE GIFT SET
Incense has been used throughout Asia for thousands of years for a variety of purposes. In Buddhism, Taoism, and Shinto religions, it’s burned to purify the surroundings. In traditional Chinese medicine, it’s said to have physiological and psychological benefits. At the very least it creates a soothing atmosphere with its piquant scent. Check out this incense gift set or learn more about its history and practice.
Not only are these therapy balls meditative, they may improve dexterity, strength, and flexibility. They’re also great for giving tired hands a light massage. Available in marble, chrome, and cloisonne.
MALAS BEADS PRAYER BRACELET
Meditation is all about focus and concentration, and malas beads are believed to help. They’re used to keep count while reciting, chanting, or repeating a mantra. This malas beads bracelet is made from carved stone and contains 60 beads.
Chakra (an old Sanskrit word that means “wheel”) refers to one of seven energies spinning throughout the body. This bracelet has seven different types of stones, each of which corresponds with a chakra. In your practice, you might hold a particular stone while concentrating on the energy in a specific area of the body.
CHAKRA CRYSTAL BUDDHAS
Pretty and peaceful! These colorful crystal Buddha figures, a symbol of peace and patience, are believed to help focus the mind and body during meditation.
MEDITATION STONES AND GEMS
Crystals and gemstones have been used for centuries as a source of focus during meditation. These stone sets are each designed for a specific focus -- strength, creativity, and serenity -- while these kits include a variety of stones and gem, each with its own properties and benefits.We have lots more gift ideas! Check them all out here.