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).