Being in the gemstone jewelry business and wellness industry, it’s probably no surprise that we’re a big fan of crystals. These powerful minerals are filled with a long list of holistic properties + energies, helping you do everything from attract abundance and ward off negative energy to find self-acceptance and strengthen your intuition.

And while you can use them in any number of ways—wearing them, placing them in certain spaces of your home or work environment, etc.—one of our favorite ways to harness the power of crystals is to use them during meditation. This allows you to bring certain intentions into your meditation, based on the different characteristics of the crystal you’re meditating with and the healing energies you’re hoping to call into your life.

So how exactly do you meditate with crystals? It’s actually pretty simple! Here are a few helpful tips.

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1. Set your intention + choose your crystal. Before you sit down to meditate, check in with yourself to find out what you need to call in that day or what you want to achieve with your meditation. Once you have that in mind, choose the crystal that best aligns with this intention. For example, if you’re hoping to cultivate more compassion and self-love through your meditation, you may choose to meditate in the presence of rose quartz, garnet or prehnite.

Hint: Check out handy gemstone guide for more details about the holistic properties of different crystals.

2. Select your crystal form + layout. Crystals come in all shapes and sizes, and there are different types of crystals you can use for meditation. Some people prefer to use small tumbled stones (also known as “palm stones” or “touchstones”) that they can hold in one or both hands while meditating. Others prefer to put larger, unpolished crystals on their meditation altar or in their meditation space. You could also create what’s known as a “grid layout,” which consists of laying crystals on different areas of your body to receive their healing benefits in those regions. Try each one to find what’s right for you.

3. Experiment with crystals that aid in meditation. If you’re not sure where to start with crystal meditation, choosing stones that are known to ease meditation—such as amethyst, labradorite or aquamarine—is always a safe bet. They’ll help you to calm your mind, feel grounded and stay focused throughout your meditation practice.

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4. Meditate! Once you’ve chosen your crystal and set your intention, all that’s left to do is meditate. Find a quiet space where you feel safe and comfortable—preferably one in which you won’t get distracted. Start by sitting quietly in the presence of your crystals, focusing on your breath and calming your mind. With your eyes closed, pick up your crystals and hold them in your hands. Focus all of your attention and awareness on the crystal. Breath in its healing energies and vibrations, and visualize the intention you set out for your meditation. After you’ve sat with the intention for a while, relax your mind and body, and continue holding your crystal as long as you feel it’s necessary. Come back to the room when you are ready, feeling the earth beneath your body and slowly opening your eyes.

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