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FM3 Buddha Machine: bliss-in-a-box

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Chinese mythology tells of a stout Buddha with a huge belly and a grand smile on his face. He may have been enlightened, but if you’re interested in a more portable meditative experience, the Buddha Machine by FM3 is much more efficient. Continue reading

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Water hyacinth chair: simplicity and elegance for the mind and spirit

However meditating is something that involves internal processes and complete concentration, supporting our body correctly only adds to a smoother and better experience. Practicing yoga and meditation since about 10 years now, I must admit that I’ve only being using a pillow to support my spine.

This chair made from soft and durable fibers woven from the renewable water hyacinth plant found throughout Southeast Asia, has caught my attention as an alternative. Its design seems to be well thought off, addressing the fact that when one meditates, there is a clear need in feeling grounded, something that cannot be accomplished when sat in “normal” chairs. Continue reading

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Cork Yoga Blocks: Center, Focus, Pose

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Anyone who ever practiced a little bit of yoga could confirm that some of the postures are challenging, to say the least. Sometimes help is required to hold the posture. Here comes the Cork Yoga Block. Made from the bark of long-lived cork oak trees, cork is extremely durable yet slightly porous, giving it the perfect balance for use as yoga blocks. Plus, cork’s natural texture provides traction, while the rounded edges create a comfortable surface for supported poses.

Since cork is a completely natural fiber, there’s no off-gassing. The block is stable, long lasting, and comfortable, making it a great choice for supported back bends and other standing and sitting poses. Now all you need to be doing is center, focus and pose. Continue reading

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Salubrion Enso Pearl: Full Circle

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Life is a circle. It seems that circles are passing us by all the time; unfortunately we’re not always aware of that. The Salubrion Enso Pearl is a circled timer designed especially for your spiritual activity. Enso, which means circle in Japanese, symbolizes enlightenment, elegance, and the universe.

The Enso Pearl features Interval Timing in which you can create sequential timers that run one-after-the-other to compose an overall session. Set a custom sequence that mirrors your personal practice to guide you. It visually communicates the passing of time with the Enso Ring and it creates a soothing sound that gently awakens or alerts you. Use it for your meditation, Yoga, or Reiki session or during therapy, teaching or traveling. Whatever it is that you’re doing, you can be assured that you’re completing a full circle. Continue reading

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Victor Meditation Hut: Still As Water

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This beautiful structure is nestled in a forest by a pond in Champaign, Illinois. A small retreat constructed above the ground with a narrow bridge, leading its way to the entrance, and a v-shaped roof similar to the architect’s first small meditation hut no.1. I love the unique shape of this building; for me, it depicts a dragonfly hovering over the water. Continue reading

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Le Cadeau: A Small House Gift Wrapped

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Here is another lovely building, nestled in the back corner of a residential garden in Urbana, Illinois. It’s a small hut that serves as a beautiful meditation space surrounded by a mature sprawling landscape. Continue reading

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Meditation Hut 1: Contimplating In The Garden

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This small building is an award wining structure that serves as a meditation hut in a backyard garden of a small residence in Urbana, Illinois. I think it’s wonderful, with its unique form and composition, like a butterfly fluttering its wings. Continue reading

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Zafu Meditation Cushions: Om

Check out the wonderful Zafu meditation cushion set from Relaxso – exactly what any person who meditates needs to have a daily practice of observing and looking within. Ask any person who mediates and they will tell you that comfort is crucial in order to sit and meditate for long periods of time.

These cushions feature a detailed design of Brocade Bamboo, Dragon Kingdom, and Toile patterns, adorning a unique, round cushion with pleated sides to support the human body, providing you with amazing balance and support while practicing yoga and meditation (lotus, half-lotus or Burmese style) – enabling you to concentrate, focus and observe – Ommm. Continue reading

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Tea House: A Backyard Sanctuary

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The Tea House is an award-winning hanging bronze and glass sanctuary, nestled among strands of bamboo in a residential backyard in Maryland. Inspired by the Japanese lantern, this calm and beautiful outdoor space serves as a meditation space as well as a stage for the family’s musical recitals. What a lovely idea to have a unique space such as that both for family gatherings as well as private contemplation. Continue reading

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Meditation Pavilion: A Retreat for the Soul

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The town of Stowe lies in a broad, fertile valley in Vermont, surrounded by beautiful forests and mountains. Sounds like the perfect place for this small meditation pavilion – a place to sit quietly while observing nature and the surrounding landscape with a sense of stillness and transcendence. Continue reading

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