Positive Lifestyle

Meditation, Mindfulness and Spiritually

I previously wrote a post for Mental Health Awareness Day – ‘Beating Anxiety’. Even though it wasn’t a very detailed piece, quite a few people messaged me on my blog and privately to say it was helpful to them. If these posts help only one person then it is worth writing, so every now and then I will be writing about meditation, mindfulness and spirituality. I don’t claim to be an expert in any subject but only write about things I am passionate about and I have read a lot of books on this subject and helped friends and family when they have wanted support.

(From Pinterest http://www.lovethispic.com/image/168385/no-stress)

Until 6 years ago I used to suffer with Generalised Anxiety Disorder (GAD), I used to overthink a lot and worry irrationally. I can honestly say that I have a totally clear head now and it feels amazing – so free. Obviously, bad things happen and I can’t control other peoples negativity around me, but the difference now is that I have perspective and I’m lucky enough to have amazing family and friends so surround myself with positive people.

(This was on Pinterest without a weblink)

My daughter, Mia, is like a mini-me and has a happy hippy soul and loves to be with nature. Mia was born within the amniotic sac “en-caul” birth, the midwife told us that people believe this to mean she is lucky and spiritual. I hadn’t heard of this happening before but then that’s understandable as it happens 1 in 80,000 births.
Although I have an interest in spirituality, I believe if Mia has spiritual abilities it would have been from her great nan Josie who was a spiritual healer and amazing lady. Josie although my husband’s nan, she treated me like her own granddaughter. We would occasionally chat about spirituality, but wish I had asked her more before she passed and absorbed some of her wisdom. As I don’t know anyone with knowledge in this subject so I have to research books instead.

Items I use whilst meditating:

  • A Calming Breath meditation cushion  – great for yoga also, to get into a comfortable position.
  • Tibetan singing bowl. The singing bowl is great – Mia loves to sit and meditate with it too as it is so calming.
  • An aroma diffuser which releases a mist scented with essential oils – we currently have over 20 oils but as I am pregnant I’m very limited to what is safe to use right now. We have used this for all sorts of healing – I plan to write about aromatherapy and the benefits of oils both physically and mentally.
  • For Christmas my husband bought me some ringing Chinese baoding meditation balls and some healing crystals as I have always been fascinated by the idea of them. I have reserved some books from the library (finally ready to collect – yay!)‘The Crystal Bible’ by Judy Hall – I had previously borrowed these (there are 3 volumes) but now I own a collection of crystals I would love to read again and absorb the information better.
My crystal collection

Once I am educated on healing crystals and other meditation techniques including aromatherapy, I will share the information with you guys.

Realistically though, you don’t need any fancy cushion or stones to meditate just somewhere peaceful to sit and clear your head trying to stop random thoughts popping in. It is actually a lot harder than it seems.

Even try now, for 1 minute close your eyes, focus on your breathing and try not to think about your phone or any problems. When you can manage 1 minute, try it for longer next time as it will get easier with practice.

I remember reading a quote ‘You should sit in meditation for twenty minutes everyday – unless you’re too busy; then you should sit for an hour.’ This has stuck with me, as although I have control over dealing with negativity, my head is often so busy with exciting things to do/make/plan I really need to make sure I fit meditation in my daily life just to stop for a moment.


I love mindfulness activities like crafts, drawing, baking, reading and walks in the woods. Truly being in the moment without the distraction of phones or thinking about work or money.


I hope you found this useful and if you are in a low place remember to talk to someone.  Getting out of a dark place can be difficult but it can and will happen when you identify your issues and start working on them – there is a light at the end of the tunnel!

What mindfulness activities do you enjoy? Do you have a favourite crystal? Do you think you could benefit from meditation?

Please comment below – I would love to read your views.

Jaimi x

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  1. Meditation can be so relaxing, I’m trying it myself and hoping to see some great results 🙂

    1. Jaimi-pfod says:

      Hi Sonya! It is so good just to give yourself some quiet time away from all the distractions. I really need to practice this more. I hope it makes a difference to you too 🙂 x

  2. Love this, I think often meditation is overlooked from being a good way to destress and to wind down. I meditate before I go to bed and when I wake up.

    1. Jaimi-pfod says:

      I really should do this too – great idea! I would love to add yoga daily too even if a short session. Do you do any particular ritual or just sit peacefully?

  3. I’m new to this meditation and relaxation techniques. Your post is such a please to read.

    1. Jaimi-pfod says:

      Aw thanks Raluca! I’m no expert but believe everyone would benefit from meditation – everyone seems so stressed these days x

  4. i find these kinds of posts super interesting and informative, it’s a topic that should be moer talked about. Also, loved the quotes and images


    1. Jaimi-pfod says:

      Thanks Lau! I do plan to write more about this subject as it is been a passion of mine to eliminate un-needed stress and anxiety. I’ll check out your link now thanks 🙂

  5. I haven’t meditate whole my life. Was thinking I’m too busy or thought it’s not useful. But now when I’ve actually tried it, I can’t imagine a day without it! It makes me so calm and focused on my goals 🙂

    1. Jaimi-pfod says:

      That’s great to know it has had such an impact Justyna! To be honest, I sometimes go a while without meditating because I have been busy – which is the exact reason I should make space/time. I do mindfulness activities daily but should/ will fit meditation in daily as like you say it is so calming 🙂

  6. For some reason I have never been able to grasp meditation. I’ve tried it a numerous amount of times, but I can never get it. I do try to relax often, though. Whether or not it works is an entirely different story, haha. I do use essential oils for relaxation, though!! I love lavender oil and I also have a relax blend.

    1. Jaimi-pfod says:

      There are so many techniques out there, I remember when doing a CBT course at the end of each session, there would be a 5/10 minute clip you would listen to with your eyes closed, a person would talk about focusing on different parts of your body. This was really relaxing. I really hope you do find something that works for you Kasia – there will be something. Ooo I miss lavender – it’s one to avoid when pregnant. I love the sound of the relaxing blend. After I have the baby I plan to look into aromatherapy properly 🙂

  7. I have never tried meditation. In college I attended a seminar with an amazing speaker. I wish I could remember his name! But he wrote a book on mindfulness. He had us do an exercise where he had us close our eyes and took us through different stages of thinking and it was just amazing. I was so lost in my thoughts and I honestly forgot where I was. A very cool experience for me!

    1. Jaimi-pfod says:

      Wow you should definitely explore this then Brittany if you loved the experience 🙂

  8. That crystal collection is to die for . Meditation is the medication I like to say. It calms me in ways nothing else ever could. My favourite crystal is my quartz . I need to invest in some more and when I feel stressed I just make sure I get a whiff of lavender and it calms me right down.

    1. Jaimi-pfod says:

      Thanks Tachira! Aww I love that saying – it’s definitely worth trying before needing to rely on prescribed medication isn’t it? I still have soo much to learn about the different crystals but love studying them with my daughter, I also love quartz, clear and rose. I read a good idea about carrying a small roller ball perfume bottle with lavender oil and rub on the wrists when worries/ stressed x

  9. I really should mediatate more often. I really enjoyed in it when I used to do it more regularly. It truly quiets and calms the spirit right down to your soul.

    1. Jaimi-pfod says:

      I’m with you there! I am hoping by researching and writing about meditation, it will encourage me to fit it into my daily routine. I hope you fit it in regularly too x

  10. Great quote, I’m definetly too busy. I’ve started meditating a few months now and I love it. I use crystals and sage. I definetly want to try the difusser, the cussion and bowl. Thanks for the tips!

    1. Jaimi-pfod says:

      You’re welcome Nadine! I’m looking forward to using sage, we grow a lot of it and would love to try sage burning it as a ritual to clear negativity in the air. Sage burning/ essential oilsare to be avoided when pregnant, so I’ll wait for now x

  11. I resonate a lot with this post. I love mediating, and there are so many resources out there to use and help!

    1. Jaimi-pfod says:

      There really is – I think it’s becoming more popular now with people talking about mental health and finding solutions/ ways to help. I’m glad you enjoyed the post Lindsey 🙂

  12. I have always thought about meditation. I’m not even sure how to start. My mind is a very noisy place and I find it difficult to block out everything else .

    1. Jaimi-pfod says:

      Hi Erica, there are many books available, YouTube demonstrations, meditation music and classes. But as mentioned above if you try and sit/ lay down in a quiet place and just try and focus on nothing but your breathing for even just a minute or 30 seconds if that is hard, and increase the time when you can find that peace.

  13. I love how passionate you are about helping others through anxieties. It’s surely a very common struggle. As a Christian, I enjoy meditating on Gods word as He helps me see life in a different way. I’ve also been diagnosed with bipolar depression, but learning to be in the moment and not worry about the past or stress over the future has been teaching me to enjoy life one day at a time.. Thank you for sharing your experiences and ways to cope with anxiety…

    1. Jaimi-pfod says:

      I’m glad you found this helpful Yolanda. You have a great outlook on life and glad that religion helps you. Having bipolar can’t be easy but your approach to your thinking is inspiring!

  14. This really makes me want to start meditating

    1. Jaimi-pfod says:

      You have nothing to lose – go for it 🙂

  15. Love your collection of meditation tools. Entering The Silence is the most nourishing, loving thing I can do for myself, and for those I love. Meditation allows me to come home to myself.

    1. Jaimi-pfod says:

      I like how you put that Evelyn! 🙂

  16. I just love to read about spirituality. It is the most important tool in Life to find inner peace. <3

    1. Jaimi-pfod says:

      Unfortunately, very few people seem to be able to find peace with themselves. I too love reading about spirituality – there are always new things to learn.

  17. I enjoy reading about meditation, mostly because I’m trying to get better at it. I now realize how important it is to practice daily….I really enjoy yoga as well. Thank you for this great post! I will come back for more!!

    1. Jaimi-pfod says:

      You’re welcome Heather! I need to get better too – ideally I would start and end the day with a session. I’ve been a bit quiet on here recently as about to have a baby (he’s late) but will be writing more about this subject 🙂

  18. Jaimi-pfod says:

    I like how you put that Evelyn!

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