Sinking into the mattress beneath me with my eyes sealed shut, I focus on the rhythm of my breath and shoo away any trepidations. My mental slate is clear. I visualize a white ball of light purifying my body. My chakras are realigned and open.
Thanks to Hinduism, Buddhism and native origins, spirituality has grounded me throughout the COVID-19 pandemic.
Practicing Buddhism, a religion derived from eastern and central Asia that calls for self-liberation from internal suffering, I am able to avoid self-indulgence and self-denial. Achieving inner peace and wisdom is attainable, even through the simplest methods.
For college students, meditating can inspire or evoke feelings of serenity during stressful times. If you’re feeling tense or apprehensive, meditation has the ability to restore tranquility within the body and mind. Setting aside at minimum 10 minutes of meditation every day interconnects the soul with the present. While you are in this meditative state, your train of thought will freeze in time as your attention narrows to your breathing.
Additionally, meditation changes the brain. One aspect of the brain, the amygdala, which produces feelings of anxiety and stress, shrinks, signifying that it is less apt to control our “fight or flight” responses. Hence, we become less reactive to stress and cope with it effortlessly.
Universally, “meditation” is an umbrella term for unique techniques such as mantra meditation, mindfulness meditation, yoga and, my favorite, guided meditation. Before I drift off to sleep I lay down with my spine straightened, loosen up my limbs, close my eyes and listen to Jason Stephenson’s guided meditation on YouTube.
“Try some of Jason’s amazing meditation techniques. Allow this gentle Australian brain alchemist to dabble in your semi-conscious brain,” said Russell Brand, actor and comedian.
Guided meditation is a visually compelling method to form mental images of your ideal hideaway. It appeals to the five senses while simultaneously embracing the otherworldly. At times, this meditation can be situated in a lush rainforest, foggy woods or alongside a vast ocean. To tackle any insecurities or fears, Stephenson aids in self-confidence, physical healing, stress, weight loss and “I am” affirmations.
My mental sanctuary is where I envision myself walking across a sandy beach at night with the salty air blowing and the sky dotted with shimmering stars. Once you are accustomed to guided meditations, you will unearth your haven.
Not only is guided meditation a valuable tool for my spiritual journey, but the curative properties of crystals works wonders.
Despite some claims that the healing power of crystals lack significant evidence, the intention that is preserved in the crystal is ultimately a message to the universe. In other words, cultivating good karma and dodging menacing karma. A few that are a remedy for college students are Amethyst, Black Tourmaline and Green Aventurine.
Amethyst, a jagged and alluring crystal, is a natural tranquilizer that dissolves stress, strain and insomnia. Outside forces such as career friction or financial burdens lower your vibrational frequency, but accessorizing Amethyst or carrying it in your pocket would attract the energy that you desire.
Black Tourmaline, known as a cloak of protection, reportedly blocks negative energies, psychic attacks and diminishes fear. It is also known to stir an increase in physical vitality, emotional stability and intellectual acuity.
Green Aventurine is a good-luck crystal that boosts prosperity, wealth and creativity. It also neutralizes electromagnetic waves from television screens, phones, laptops and other electronic devices. Deemed as an all-round healer, it reportedly settles nausea, mends the heart and eases allergies.
By immersing myself in the spiritual realm during a historical time of heightened agitation, I trust my gut and the universe. I am on the path to self-discovery and liberation from any intrusive thoughts with the Buddha’s philosophical teachings at hand.
Meditation and crystals aren’t the only approaches to reach an epiphany. Remind yourself everyday that you are an energetically powerful human being. Get out of your comfort zone and claim what is yours. Heal and love. After all, our spiritual quest doesn’t cease after death.