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Relaxation, meditation, balance, well-being and harmony are the keywords for those who cultivate a Zen spirit within themselves. Granted a nice trip to the East, home to all the philosophies of life on this subject, would probably be what would make our Zen friend the happiest but, alternatively, here are 5 potential, smaller ideas for everyday life.
1) Tibetan “TAMASHII” Bracelets
These bracelets made in Tibet and blessed by Tibetan monks, have great intrinsic significance. In Tibet the jewels have a strong symbolic value and pass on ancient cultural and religious values. Tamashii, in particular, is a bracelet used by Tibetan monks to promote meditation, for religious practices, and as a talisman. Tamashii literally translates to “jewel of the soul”. It is composed of semi precious stones such as amethyst, onyx, quartz, agate, each of them linked to the development of a specific quality in a person, together with the improvement of one’s own personality characteristics. For example the classic one with natural turquoise stones brings calm, ascension and purity, and transforms anger into wisdom.
You can also find other versions of the bracelet for example with painted stones, with mantras (for those who don’t know, mantras are engraved invocations to Buddhas), formulas and prayers, even a bracelet with symbolic drawings (bkra shi). The choice is yours depending on the message you wish to convey to your Zen friend!
2) “PURAE” Aroma Diffuser
Promotes concentration, relaxes, reduces stress, restores energy… these are just some of the beneficial effects of aromatherapy. In a world where we spend most of our time in enclosed spaces, it is very important that the air inside them is pure and able to provide the elements that we can usually only absorb in spaces immersed in nature, allowing us to reach a psychophysical well-being.
“Purae” offers a whole range of diffusers and essential oils to eliminate pollutants and dust, and restore and humidify any environment. You can choose between the ultrasonic and the rod diffusers, between the simple oils or the “synergies”, based on your preferences and needs. In any case, high quality is guaranteed. The oils are 100% natural and produced respecting the seasonal rhythms of each botanical species, and the diffusers are made with durable materials. A gift sure to be appreciated as living, working, or even just staying briefly in an environment that smells of nature, arouses pleasant and positive sensations, as well as making it more welcoming and harmonious.
Orientals define bonsai as the union of nature with art. These miniature trees are, in fact, the result of centuries of botanical knowledge and stylistic experimentation. There are a series of rules to be learned if one wishes to have a plant which evokes in the viewer a feeling of strength, maturity and, above all, of profound peace and serenity. If you think your friend is ready and patient enough to devote themselves to the care of this little work of art which, if cared for properly, can live for hundreds of years, in the link below you can find various themed gift ideas. The BONSAI STARTER KIT is a really good choice for beginners, complete with all the essential elements to get closer to this world.
If, on the other hand, your Zen friend has already begun to engage in the magical bonsai world, there are more specific gifts such as some technical tools of the trade or the annual pass to the magazine “Bonsai and News”.
4) Himalayan salt lamp
Here is an object that can decorate as well as have a useful function in your friend’s home.
These salt lamps are composed of blocks of rock salt from the Himalayas, formed over a period of 250 million years. Each salt lamp is absolutely unique in its shape, color and nuances, and possess the property of rendering the air clean and healthy. By releasing negative ions, the lamp contrasts the effects of positive ones which accumulate in the air from every day electronic appliances that surround us. Positive ions can cause fatigue, difficulty concentrating and nervousness. In addition to reducing stress and increasing physical and mental energy, the lamp provides relief in cases of sinusitis, asthma and allergies, absorbing moisture without drying out the air. The lamp, with its warm orange, pink or red tones and its soft and restful light, creates a relaxing and serene environment, recalling the glare of the sun. It gives optimism and vitality. In my opinion, it is simply beautiful to look at and is a great piece to furnish any Zen friend’s living room or bedroom!
5) Items FOR Yoga “LOTUSCRAFTS”
What about a mat or a pillow to do yoga? “Lotuscrafts” is a company specialised in the production of useful materials for those who practice this discipline and one which guarantees a very high standard of quality. Their articles are all made of organic cotton, durable and with an extremely refined design. Take the pillows for example; they might seem like “normal” pillows but in reality, from the lining to the shape, they are designed to promote relaxation and freer breathing, and thus ensure a perfect meditation experience. There are pillows for those who have long legs, pillows for those who are used to meditating with their backs resting on the ground, and pillows for the more articulated who manage to obtain a full lotus position. Moreover, the filling, consisting of skins spelled, can be added or removed. Everything is designed with special attention to detail and a view of those who practice this discipline in mind!