Mind­ful kit

The Simple Things - - THINK -

Mindfulness is big busi­ness. We’re drown­ing in books, apps (more than 1,300), colour­ing pads and pod­casts. Of course, you don’t need any of it. But a bit of kit is al­ways nice

A zafu or med­i­ta­tion cush­ion can help to keep your spine straight while sit­ting. You can order one with your name (useful for re­treats) from Zen­ways (£40; zen­ways.org).

A med­i­ta­tion stool is handy if you pre­fer a kneel­ing po­si­tion. Blue Banyan has a good range (from £25; blue­banyan.co.uk).

Three great books for be­gin­ners (and adepts): A

Path with Heart by Jack Korn­field (Ban­tam); The

Un­teth­ered Soul by Michael A Singer (New Harbinger) and

Prac­ti­cal Zen by Ju­lian Daizan Skin­ner (Singing Dragon).

Apps can help to get you started. Headspace (headspace.com) is the mar­ket leader. A good alternative is Bud­dhify (bud­dhify.com).

A can­dle with a clear scent you love is a de­li­cious way to bring all the senses to your mindfulness. Ilapothe­cary’s Light Your Fire can­dle is scented with or­ange and or­ange blos­som (£39; ilapothe­cary.com).

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