I discovered spirituality after a pesky yoga injury, and felt like I found my home. Today, I want to share with you the 11 most essential spiritual tools for beginners. These are the ultimate spiritual tools that’ll inspire your daily spiritual practice and keep you motivated to stay connected and aligned every single day.
We turn to spirituality for so many different reasons — to honor ourselves with sacred self-care, to practice personal growth, trying to find our true passion, purpose and joy. To feel confident and comfortable in ourselves and in our lives in this messy world. We’re all just doing our best, seeking inner peace, light, wanting to breathe a little deeper and finally overcome past chapters that we’re ready to release.
If you’re not quite there yet, that’s okay. None of us are! We’re constantly growing and learning to embody our higher selves — the most beautiful, aligned version of ourselves.
I hope these spiritual tools support and serve you on your journey.
1. Yoga mat
In this post, I shared why yoga is one of the best and easily approachable spiritual practices for beginners. Here’s the thing — honoring your body with exercise is spiritual. Self-care is spiritual.
Calming and quieting your mind in a moving meditation is one of my favorite spiritual practices and kind of an all-in-one sort of deal. Yoga generously lets you work on everything, your body, mind and soul. If you’ve never done yoga, grab this free yoga calendar and get on your mat!
If you’re still looking for yours, my favorite is the Jade Travel mat — sustainable, eco-friendly, amazing quality, not super duper expensive. Secretly I’m dreaming about the Liforme mat, though. Shhhh.
2. Meditation pillow
I wasn’t exactly on a spiritual, meditation-loving path when I started this blog as my creative, depression-fighting outlet a couple of years ago. So if you come across any dismissive sass about meditation in any of my older posts… that’s why.
Nowadays, meditation is a well loved part of my daily spiritual practice. Okay, okay, almost daily. We’re all works in progress!
Meditation is a beautiful, simple spiritual practice that asks nothing of you. You simply sit, breathe, and still your mind. To make your morning meditation sessions more comfortable, pamper yourself with a comfy, cozy meditation pillow!
I’m very enthusiastic about self-romancing. I romance myself daily with music, dance parties, and especially candles.
Scented or unscented, candles are one of the best spiritual tools for beginners. They’re affordable, easy to get a hold of, and they add a calming vibe to your morning and evening routines. You can even use the candle flame as a focus point during meditation!
Candles are something I also like to use during Moon rituals, because it’s important for me to have all four elements represented in my space. Different colors and scents have different properties, so it’s always fun to learn more about them and use them in your spiritual intentions and practices. If you’re a simple girl and prefer plain tealight candles, check out this rock salt candle holder to jazz things up a bit.
4. Sage and Palo Santo
Saging is an old spiritual practice that clears negative energy from a space in a beautiful way. Unless you’re of Native American descent, don’t call it smudging. The smudging ceremony is a sacred ritual that isn’t just about waving a sage stick around, so let’s not disrespect an ancient ritual by diminishing its meaning.
If you want to use sage in your practice, you are certainly allowed to — it just isn’t smudging. Another option is Palo Santo, holy wood, which is used in a similar way to clear energy and cleanse the space in South American traditions.
Be sure to do your research before burning anything in a closed space! Alternatively, you can use high quality incense for the same result. This elephant incense burner would support your practice beautifully.
5. Diffuser and essential oils
I told you, I love to romance myself. Essential oils are one of my favorite spiritual tools for beginners. They’re not a huge investment, they’re small and portable, and last for years! You can learn about the different properties and decide for yourself if you think of them as healing devices or just something to enjoy and use for relaxation.
I’m pretty boring and stick to lavender. It gives the room such a relaxing, calming, protective energy, the scent is divine, and it always makes me feel at ease. If you deal with anxiety, depression, insomnia, or stress then lavender would be a good pick
I also enjoy bergamot (good for stress and depression) and peppermint to refresh and energize in the morning. Do your research with essential oils, because not all of them are safe to ingest or for topical use.
The tools aren’t what your spiritual practice is about. You can journal on a piece of paper or splurge on a fancy journal — it doesn’t matter.
I like simple journals to practice gratitude, plan my goals, and write out all the things that are running in my mind. My current journal is the Leuchtturm 1917, but the next one will be either this gorgeous (and eco-friendly!) Dingbats journal with a little elephant on it, or this one from Scribbles That Matter.
You can use journaling as a spiritual tool to release your fears, doubts, and limiting beliefs, work on your affirmations, manifestations and visualizations, and connect to your intuition and higher self. Writing by hand is a meditative, sacred practice for self-reflection, creativity, and getting in tune with the loving guidance of the Universe.
7. Oracle cards
You can build yourself a quick, fun morning ritual with a deck of oracle cards. It’s a simple way to uplift your spirit with the beautiful art work and messages from the Universe, practice connecting to your own intuition, and receive loving guidance every day. Pick a card for the way, week, or moment of worry and fear — or whenever you feel the need to be guided or inspired.
8. The ultimate spiritual tool for beginners: Books
Reading, learning, and focusing on your self-improvement is a valuable and empowering spiritual practice. If you have a Kindle, you can find books on spirituality, self-help and self-improvement on the Kindle unlimited service and read to your soul’s content. (For a few months at least, the selection isn’t massive.)
My favorite way to consume books about spirituality and personal growth is through Audible. It’s like listening to an inspiring podcast or lecture and I’m very into that, especially during those rainy, gloomy autumn walks in the crisp air. If you’re not sure if it’s for you, you can get a free trial for 30 days with 2 audiobooks!
And here’s the ultimate tip: walk to your local library, head to the self-help/spirituality section, and browse to your heart’s content. That’s my plan, right after finishing this post!
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I LOVE getting vulnerable, real, and connecting with the people on my list. They’re the most beautiful, shining, inspiring people I’ve ever had the fortune to come across. I’d be honored if you wanted to join us!
I like to keep my phone relatively clutter free, so I don’t use that many apps for my spiritual practices. There are 3 that I adore, and they’re all free.
Insight timer is my favorite meditation app. It offers tons of guided meditations that can be useful for beginners, but my favorite aspect is the timer. You can choose a gentle sound to let you know when your 20 minutes (or however long you choose to practice) has passed. They even have lectures and a community type of aspect in the app, so that’s pretty cool.
11. Kindness, compassion, light and love
Tuning into the best parts of your soul is one of the most essential lessons of your spiritual journey. You can’t feel good and light and loving if your time is mostly consumed on gossiping, jealousy, judging others and sending anything but pure juicy goodness to others.
Start embodying the new, kinder version of you by picking up the phone when your mom calls (no matter how annoying it sometimes is), volunteering, helping a friend, being generous, listening to a troubled soul, or donating your energy (time, money, or guidance) towards a cause that brings more good into this world.
Small actions straight from the heart, every day.
Hi, I’m Vivi! I’m a transformation mentor, writer, and yoga enthusiast. My life’s purpose is empowering spiritually curious women to be and do whatever the hell they want to. I’m here to share my journey and truth with you — unapologetically, with a touch of sarcasm and a lot of heart. I want to help you grow and follow your soul’s desire, not anybody else’s rules. I write weekly about personal growth and yoga on this blog. You can join the List to receive a weekly letter of inspiration and guidance!