Meditation Supplies (Cushions, Chairs, Incense, etc)
This is an absolute necessity for anybody today. You must have a room, or a certain hour or so a day, where you don’t know what was in the newspapers that morning, you don’t know who your friends are, you don’t know what you owe anybody, you don’t know what anybody owes to you. This is a place where you can simply experience and bring forth what you are and what you might be, This is the place of creative incubation. At first you may find that nothing happens there. But if you have a sacred place and use it, something eventually will happen.
Fortunately, meditation is a practice that can be done without needing to buy anything. Since meditation is anchored in the breath, it is also, “portable”!
That said, it is really helpful to have a designated space in your living space to invite you to come meditate regularly. Thinking about how you can reduce the obstacles to a meditation practice will be beneficial. Books about meditation can be like encouraging teachers as well. And a good meditation pillow or chair can help you with posture and stability. Hence this meditation resources page. I want to share the tools that I and many other use that facilitate a meditation practice. For the most part, you can find what you need on Amazon, see links below. I would be very grateful if you clicked on the links below, rather than go to Amazon directly. The reason for that is that these links are affiliate links, which means I receive a small referral credit if you make a purchase using the links posted below. This does not affect the price you pay, the items will cost you the same either way. Thanks for your support!
Meditation Cushions and Pillows
I would recommend you check out this guide which has some excellent advice on how to evaluate what kind of cushion to use that will match your size. Samadhi Cushions also has a handy guide and FAQ on what meditation pillow or chair to buy. I use meditation pillows because it helps me get in stable position where it is easier to have an upright posture and where breathing is uninhibited. I usually sit in a kneeling position, you will want to experiment. Your experience may be better in a half lotus or quarter lotus position. Just be sure you don’t force anything.
- Meditation Pillows (Amazon has a huge selection)
- Meditation mats or zabutons as they are also called
- Inflatable meditation pillows (great for traveling. I have taken these not just on vacations, so I could keep my morning meditation practice, but have also taken these backpacking. The inflatable pillows are so light that you can carry them backpacking, and use them as a sleeping pillow at night, after deflating them a bit)
Meditation Chairs and Chair Pillows
- Meditation Chair options
- Regular Chair Meditation “Wedge” Pillows. (A Wedge Cushion is designed to align your back and allow you to sit comfortably in a chair for long periods. It’s made from furniture-grade orthopedic foam that will support your weight without sagging or getting flat over time. Can be used on a regular chair, the office or car as well. This pillow is made by Zen Mountain Monastery)
- Meditation Bench (note some of these are foldable and easy to carry)
- Regular Meditation Incense (you may want to start out with a variety, to see which scent is not too overwhelming)
- Smokeless Incense (a good option if you have issues with smoke)
Amazon has a large selection of meditation music, however Youtube is an excellent source of finding meditation music to try before you buy. Meditation music can be helpful for some, in a similar way incense can be helpful for getting your senses calmed. That said, personally I sit in meditation without music.
Tools for Concentration and Focus