12 Best Meditation Tools When You Need An Aid For Meditation

12 Best Meditation Tools When You Need An Aid For Meditation

What are the best meditation tools / meditation aids you have ever used? (leave a comment).

There are lots of excellent meditation aids that can help you to go further in your meditation. Equipment like malas and Zafu can be real game changers.

Some of the best meditation aids for 2019 include:

You can read more about this below, or choose to read our official meditation ebook. It;s out now!.

Let me tell you about one of my best meditation tools 

My personal favorite meditation tool has to be my mala. This is one of the best Buddhist meditation aids out there. It’s the first piece of meditation equipment I ever purchases (except for books). 

It’s a beautiful black coral stone mala used to count breaths or mantra recitations during meditation.

My mala has traveled with me for ten years and over tens of thousands of miles. It’s been with me at the best of times, like when I returned home in 2014 to visit my family for the first time in years. And it’s been with me at the worst of times, like when my father passed away.

This simple Buddhist meditation tool has helped me to take my meditation practice to a new level. And it has become a deeply personal item to me. We come to care about spiritual items like these far more than the average household object.

The best meditation tools are much more than material objects. They are assets and allies in our quest for inner peace.

Having the right meditation tools in your home can make all the difference to your health, happiness, and spiritual development.

Here are 10 meditation tools that are truly helpful to have in your home.

The 12 Best Meditation Tools / Meditation Aids For Your Home

Looking for a gift? See my list of the best gifts for meditation lovers.

1. A Mala

If I had to choose one and only one meditation tool to own, it would be a mala.

Just take a look at these beautiful malas /prayer beads. Aren’t they glorious?

Malas are prayer beads that are used for meditation. They are one of the most important Buddhist meditation aids. 

Ideally, a meditation mala will have 108 beads. As we meditate, we count the beads from 1 to 108 so we know how many breaths we have taken (or how many timed we have recited a mantra).

Malas come in varying sizes and there is a wide variety of materials to choose from.

My personal choice is always to go with coral because I like the energy that coral has. And black always looks best on me. So that would be my choice.

What malas do you like? (Leave a comment and remember to subscribe to our newsletter).

So, why is a mala one of the best meditation tools?

  • Firstly, you’re wearing it, so it reminds you to meditate.
  • It also helps you to count breaths while you meditate, which is actually better than having a meditation timer.
  • And the best ones look beautiful.

In my opinion, this is the first piece of meditation equipment you should buy.

2. A Meditation Chair – The Best Meditation Aid For Your Body

“When sitting, sit,” so says the old Zen proverb.

That proverb basically means to sit still, not fidget, and to be mindful of sitting.

If you want to sit still and not fidget,  you’re going to want a good meditation chair to sit on.

This is why one of the best meditation aids is a good chair.

The best meditation chairs don’t just support your back, they actually help you to find inner calm and stillness.

As someone who spends a lot of time sitting on rocks meditating (I hike a lot), I’m always aware of the difference a comfortable chair can make.

Check out our collection of the best chairs.  You’re bound to find one perfect for you in that list.

3. A Comfy Cushion – The Best Meditation Aid For Your Bottom!

A good meditation cushion can be used either with a meditation chair or as a standalone product.

I remember when I used to sit on the floor to meditate. I would fidget all the time. It was very difficult to find the right stillness of body. And if the body is not still the mind will not be either.

That’s why a meditation cushion is so useful a meditation tool. It is an aid for meditation when you need more comfort.  It’s also one of those piece of meditation equipment you can take with you when you travel so you always have somewhere comfortable to sit and meditate.

Plus, a great meditation cushion looks beautiful in your meditation room.

Take a look at my picks of the the best cushions for meditation.

3. A Tibetan Singing Bowl (one of the oldest piece of meditation equipment)

Tibetan Singing Bowls are so much more than just musical instruments. They have been scientifically proven to put our brains into more restful states.

These are one of the best Buddhist meditation tools because of the powerful effect they have on the mind. 

Take a quick look at my guide to  Tibetan Singing Bowls, which I wrote to explain the power and beauty of these instruments.

I am personally totally in love with my own Tibetan Singing Bowl. It’s a truly cherished possession.

5. Meditation Apps

There are so many Android / iOS apps on the market. And they cover all different purposes.

Some meditation apps work as timers. Others offer guided meditation sessions designed to help you relax. However, do bear in mind that there are major limitation of guided meditations.

The sheer variety and versatility of apps makes them one of the most important meditation tools on the market right now.

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6. A Good Book (The Best Meditation Aid For Your Brain)

Hands up who loves reading? I know I do. And as a meditation teacher, I especially love reading meditation books.

There are so many it’s impossible to know where to begin.

But what is the absolute number one meditation book in the world?

Mine.

Yep. Straight up. Not going to dance around the subject.

If you’re looking for a meditation tool that will truly empower you,  read THEDAILYMEDITATION.COM’s Your Best Meditation.

Why is it numero uno?

Because it teaches you ever major meditation technique and shows you how to use those techniques to create happiness that actually lasts. No other book in the world describes the gamut of meditation techniques in as much depth.

Now that is a powerful meditation tool.

You might also like to see our choice of the best:

 

7.  Meditation Music

Listen to these beautiful meditative music pieces.

Isn’t it… heavenly?

Meditation music is much more than pure entertainment. It is a tool for meditation.

Meditation music is specifically composed in order to promote relaxing brainwaves and to calm the mind.

My absolute favorite meditation musician is Deva Premal. She’s a singer with a simply angelic voice. And the music she creates is like pure nectar for the spirit. It’s so relaxing and healing. Truly sensational.

8. Muse Meditation Assistant (meditation equipment for the 21st Century)

Muse Meditation Assistant [AMAZON] is a truly unique and wonderful meditation tool.

Muse works as a personal assistant. When you put the Muse headband on and start the app it plays relaxing music designed to calm the mind. You can then meditate to those sounds.

As you meditate, Muse measures whether you’re calm or stressed and used that information to change the sounds it’s playing. When calm, you hear peaceful sounds, when the mind wanders you hear more intense sounds that remind you to relax.

Data is then used to show you how you’re progressing.

This is true 21st Century meditation at its best. It is an aid for meditation when you need a hand relaxing. Highly recommended for anyone who is serious about using technology to enhance meditation.

9. Guided Meditations (The most popular meditation aid in the world)

Guided meditations are meditation the easy way.

If you like Zen with zero effort, you will definitely like guided meditations.

These days there are millions of guided meditations on Youtube, and some of them are truly exceptional.

10. Meditation Gongs

Meditation gongs look absolutely stunning and they sound divine. Of all the meditation aids out there, this is one of the most impressive to show your friends. 

Good meditation gongs are specifically designed to create frequencies that put the brain in a meditative state.

By simply sitting and listening to a meditation gong you can quickly relax and focus the mind.

My guide to meditation gongs shares everything you need to know about this beautiful instruments.

11. Zen Gardens

Zen Gardens are actually Japanese Rock Gardens. Many centuries ago, monks starting to turn gardening into a mindfulness practice. And the hobby took off from there.

Today there are full-size Zen gardens at temples. Some extremely cool people have them in their own garden, or even indoors. And others have desktop Zen gardens.

Zen gardens are great because:

  1. Creating them is an exercise in mindfulness
  2. We can meditate on them.

Take a look at my  tutorial on Zen gardens for more.

12. All This Cool Meditation Tech

There is a ton of really great meditation gadgets and devices available today.

Some of the best meditation gadgets include:

  • Meditation lights
  • Meditation headbands
  • Brain sensing technology
  • And meditation software

Take a look at the link above for all the best meditation gadgets in 2019.

13. Meditation Crystals 

Meditation crystals are some of the most beautiful objects that you can meditate on. 

Different types of crystals hold different spiritual properties, so it is important to make sure you meditate on the right type of crystal. 

Take a look at the link above for the best meditation crystals available. 

14. Meditation Games

In 2018 we’re seeing the rise in meditation entertainment. 

One of the most popular types of meditation entertainment is video games

When I’m chilling out I love to play a relaxing meditation game like Flower or Journey (see the link above for more). 

These game are relaxing and help us to get into that Zen-state that we all know and love. 

 

15. Meditation Altar 

Meditation altars and shrines are becoming very popular recently. These are small altars that we sit to meditate at. 

Meditation altars can be a place to show reverence for your deity, or you can decorate them with various items that make you feel peaceful and happy. 

What make them such a good aid for meditation is that they give you one dedicated space to meditate in, so you can have a little spot of the home reserved specially for meditation.

 

Which is your favorite meditation tool?

We’ve looked at twelve of the best meditation tools. These meditation aids can make a huge difference to your practice.

What is your favorite meditation tool? And what do you love about it?

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Paul Harrison

Paul Harrison is a meditation teacher, author and journalist based in Hamilton, Ontario, Canada. Paul has helped thousands of people to discover their true potential. Don’t miss Paul’s inspirational and enlightening book: Your Best Meditation

This Post Has 6 Comments

  1. Hey thanks for sharing such interesting article. I am beginner to practice meditation and joined classes for that at Montclair. Good to know about these tools.

  2. My best friend is Buddhist, and he’s going to be moving away soon. I’m trying to think of a thoughtful gift for him. I know he has a mala – should I give him one if he already has one? Is there a reason he might want or use more than one? Do you have any other thoughts or suggestions?

    1. Hi Kaylynne. You could definitely get him a new mala, just make sure it’s a different type of stone to the one he already has.

  3. I use a Butterfly stick as do several of my friends.

  4. Very informative post! Thanks for sharing your experiences and advice.
    I love using singing bowls the most. These are my all time favourite!
    Inscense sticks and diffusers placed alongside a tealight is another calming ritual I follow after returning home from a busy office day.
    I have not tried zen garden yet. Any suggestive patterns to try for a calming mind?

    1. Hi. Thanks for your comment. When creating patterns for a Zen garden just meditate on the process of creating the pattern. Let your consciousness guide you and see what pattern you end up with.

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