Happy Friday, friends.
Can you believe we’re almost halfway through 2021?
With June and the summer holidays fast approaching, we’ve been feeling in need of a little calm and tranquillity here at Heyland & Whittle – which is why World Meditation Day could not be better timed.
To help you to weave a little more peace into your every day, we’re running a competition where you can win three candles from our HOME collection.
Our Vetiver & Musk, Olive & Fig, and Nordic Pine are decidedly covetable candles, crafted in Britain and made of soy wax.
Their all-natural fragrances are one of our favourite ways to scent a room: Nordic Pine transporting you to green forests, crisp mornings, and fresh air, whereas Vetiver & Musk is a woody, earthy smell that promotes a real sense of wellbeing.
Olive & Fig is a staff favourite– hot sun on peppery green olive leaves mingles with creamy, sweet figs for a classic Mediterranean fragrance.
Burning with a clean, even flame (make sure you trim the wicks!) these deliver up to 40 hours of burn time, and are a perfect addition to any meditation practice.
If you would like to win, just follow the instructions below:
Head to our Instagram @heylandandwhittle
Like the competition post and tag a friend who might like to enter.
Dive into Meditation
If you’re curious about the art of meditation, or have wondered what the benefits are, we’ve found some interesting facts below.
Meditation is an ancient practice that dates back several thousand years. Its history is rich and detailed. We couldn’t possibly do it justice here, but even a quick internet search reveals fascinating information.
Broadly understood as a practice that encourages people to be present in the moment, it is believed to have originated in India, being quickly adopted by nearby countries.
Meditation has also formed a key part of many religions throughout the world, and has a wealth of physical, emotional, and mental health benefits.
But if you’ve never meditated before, where do you start, when there’s so much advice out there? Here at Heyland & Whittle, we love Headspace – a great app that helps people from all over the world to press pause during their day.
If you haven’t tried meditation before, you might find yourself encouraged by their spin on things:
“Most first-time meditators find it strange to sit in silence, to sit with their innermost thoughts and feelings, to sit and do nothing — the very things that, funnily enough, the mind tends to resist. To a beginner, meditation might initially feel a little alien, perhaps even daunting, but that’s okay.”
According to studies, a single 15-minute meditation session can result in a reduction in wandering thoughts by 22% - and meditating daily for 4 weeks can cause a 14% increase in focus.
Meditation is also proven to reduce anxiety, increase your sense of calm and inner peace, and can even ease the psychological symptoms of stress and depression.
It can also help you sleep better – reducing cortisol (the hormone that wakes you up, triggers fight or flight responses, and keeps you alert) – so you drop off more quickly, and get better quality rest.
In addition to these personal benefits, Headspace notes that meditation also improves your relationships.
According to their studies, three weeks of meditation was found to increase compassion by up to 23%, because meditation stimulates the part of the brain associated with empathy.
It seems like, no matter which way you look at it, meditation has a positive impact on ourselves, our wellbeing, and the people around us.
And if that’s not something to celebrate, we don’t know what is.