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January 26, 2022 5 min read

Have you ever stayed up late at night scrolling through social media when you should have been sleeping? 😴

You're not alone.

You may enjoy the sense of connection and reinvent your way of being by using social networking sites like Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, and TikTok.

With the rapid advancement of technology, you now have access to a limitless quantity of knowledge with a simple tap on your phone. However, you may risk information overload, technological addiction, increased distractions, prone to depression, and anxiety

Staying present and undistracted is increasingly tricky, with hidden cords linking you to your devices. So, how can we take a break from Social Media?

The Answer is… Meditation! 🧘🏻‍♀️

Meditation has been practised for thousands of years to help people become more fully present in the moment. It is a Buddhist technique that has been scientifically established to be a vital instrument for improved well-being and mental focus.

Meditation can include exercises that help you focus and pay attention, connect with your body and breath, accept challenging emotions, and even change your awareness. It's been demonstrated to provide a variety of medical and psychological advantages, including stress relief and increased immunity. 💪🏼

While it is an element of many spiritual traditions' teachings and practices, meditation is not affiliated with any religion or ideology. It is still used in civilizations worldwide to promote inner peace, tranquillity, and harmony. Here are some simple methods to help you take time away from social media with mindfulness.

1. PAUSE AND REFLECT

Think of how you use social media for a moment. Are you satisfied with the way you're using it? Do you think you're a bit addicted? If you find yourself scrolling through Instagram till the wee hours of the morning, the answer is undoubted yes. 🤳🏻

2. SET AN INTENTION

Have an intention to change your digital behaviour and consider what practical measures you can take to make it more challenging to become dependent. For example, consider putting your phone in "Do Not Disturb" mode and committing to falling asleep without your gadgets in the bedroom. You might notice a few changes in your behaviour. 😴

3. DON'T GIVE IN

Take a break the next time you feel compelled to check your Facebook. Recognize that you are bound by a desire. Count to ten before using it again; this may cause the urge to stop. 🙅🏻‍♀️

4. RECOGNISE

When you want something, it's because you're seeking to escape an unpleasant experience or feeling, which prompts you to do something pleasurable. Bring your focus to your body for a time. Become aware of any emotions or feelings you may be experiencing (stress, anxiety, boredom, or loneliness). Once you've identified the urge, quietly label it to yourself. It helps you become more aware of your current condition and reveal the core factor causing the social media cravings. 🧐

5. MEDITATE

Meditation is the ability to pay attention to what is going on in the moment. So the first step in having better control over responding to your urges is to become mindful of them. Meditation can help you recognize urges before acting on them and break undesirable behaviours like social media addiction. 📵

What's the Best Meditation for You?

Meditation may be a viable option for reducing stress in the face of hectic schedules and demanding lives. Although there is no right or wrong way to meditate, it is essential to discover a suitable approach for you.

Mindfulness Meditation

Mindfulness Meditation is the most popular and researched kind of meditation in the West. It is based on Buddhist philosophy.

During mindfulness meditation, you pay close attention to your ideas as they flow through your mind. Don't overanalyze or become concerned with your thoughts; you just discover patterns and make a note of them. 📝

This technique incorporates both attention and awareness. While observing any physical sensations, thoughts, or feelings, you might find it helpful to concentrate on your crystal or breath. This meditation is ideal for persons who don't have access to an instructor because it can be done alone.

Focused meditation

Concentration using any of the five senses is essential for focused meditation. You can, for example, concentrate on something internal, such as your breathing, or you can bring in external factors to assist you in focusing. 

Here are several examples:

  • Staring at a burning incense

Meditation can benefit from the usage of incense sticks in various ways. Incense sticks, which provide relaxing smells when burned, enable the mind to focus when meditating. As well as it helps you get into the correct mentality before you begin and are frequently used in conjunction with a premeditation ritual at the start of each session. 🧘🏼‍♀️
While all incense provides broad health advantages, the effects vary based on the type of incense used. For example, Lavender improves the beauty, Frankincense soothes tension, while Rose stimulates love and passion. 

 

  • Listening to a singing bowl

Listening to a singing bowl while meditating can help you rewire and reset your disrupted energetic system caused by negativity. Singing crystal bowls create an optimal meditation atmosphere for increasing focus and reducing tension. They produce soothing, elevating, and tranquil sounds and vibrations for the mind. 😌

As a result, they are here to assist you in becoming more mindful of your surroundings and realign you with your intention and essence.

  • Take a few deep breaths

Although this technique appears easy in general, beginners may find it challenging to maintain their attention for more than a few minutes at first. Then, simply return to meditation and concentration whenever your mind starts to wander.

Mantra meditation

Many religions, including Hindu and Buddhist traditions, emphasize mantra meditation. To cleanse the mind, this style of meditation employs a repeated sound. It can be a word, phrase, or sound, with "om" being one of the most prevalent.

You can say your mantra loudly or silently. You'll be more aware and in tune with your surroundings after reciting the mantra for a while. This permits you to reach higher states of consciousness. 😌

Take out your Amethyst and hold it tightly whenever you feel an intense urge to look into your social media profile. Look into the tip of it intently. Smile. Squeeze the crystal a few times before letting go. 'I choose to let go, I let go, I let go,' repeat to yourself as you do so. I am the one who breaks the pattern. 'I chose to be free.' Smile once again.

Some people prefer mantra meditation because it is simpler to concentrate on a single word rather than their breath. Others appreciate the sensation of sound vibrations in their bodies. This is also a suitable meditation practice for people who enjoy repetition but dislike silence.

Final Thoughts: Meditate it Away

Make your meditation practice all about you, and take as much time as you need to do it. When your session is finished, gently open your eyes and slowly reintroduce movement to your body, including your fingers and toes. Then, gradually rise up when you're ready, and remember to put your healing crystals away when you're finished!