Everything You Need To Know About Worry Stones
Have you ever looked around and noticed just how many people fidget with ‘stuff’? Or how much you do it yourself? Did you know that fidget-gadgets, such as the fidget spinner, fidget cube, and the like, are a 500 million dollar a year industry? (Neither did I, and I was amazed to learn that)
But for all the modern fidget options out there, not many people are aware of the original fidget device: the worry stone. What’s a worry stone, you ask? It’s a smooth rock that you rub. Literally. That’s it.
But wait! There’s more to it than meets the eye. Speaking as someone who uses one, these things are pretty awesome — and the simplicity of them really adds something special.
Like the name implies, worry stones help calm us down when we are anxious or stressed. They can be large or small, made from smooth rocks found on the beach or rivers, or my personal favorite, made from healing gemstones such as hematite. They usually have an indentation for the thumb and are easy to hold in the hand.
Where did worry stones come from?
Worry stones started very early in human history. After all, they’re stones. I mean…how old are rocks? They’ve been around longer than human beings, by billions of years. It’s not hard to picture stone-age man playing with, of all things, rocks. But by-and-large, the ancient Greeks are considered to be the first ones to popularize worry stones, though you can find references of them in Tibet, Native American cultures, and Ireland.
It’s very easy to see why the Greeks used them so extensively. Their seemingly endless seashores of rocks have been beaten smooth, producing stones that aren’t normally found in many places. Greeks simply fiddled with them to pass the time, and pretty soon the trend caught on and many ancient cities began to use stones in a similar way.
But Native Americans used them a bit differently. Sure they used them to calm their nerves, but they were almost revered, with each generation passing them to another. They basically became family heirlooms and were especially important if they were made out of quartz.
Tibetans used them for meditations as well, while the Irish believed worry stones made from Connemara marble would free your life from worries and bring good luck.
These days, many other spiritual philosophies use them for their own practices, many of them combining them with healing gemstones.
What should your worry stone be made out of?
It’s not too far of a stretch to say the most popular material for worry stones is….(drum roll please)….a stone. I know, I know. You’re shocked. That being said, you can still find worry stones made from many different materials such as bone, metal, and wood.
But unequivocally the best material for worry stones are gems. Why? Because they are strongly associated with healing properties you just can’t find in other materials.
Here are just a few recommendations for worry gemstones:
Hematite/onyx- Very grounding stones, it’s perfect for finding calmness when you’re worried or stressed. Great for absorbing negative energy.
Green jade- Helps to soothe irritability and represents a feeling of purity. Often used in Chinese culture to imbue calm vibrations to homes or temples.
Lepidolite- Helps in the release of negative psychological patterns, setting the groundwork for positive change.
How to use your worry stone
Obviously, we all have our own healing self-care practices that work for us. Nothing is really ever right or wrong, but should be classified for what works and doesn’t work for our own journey.
- Use it when you feel worried- Whoa! You weren’t expecting that, were you? Yes, it turns out worry stones are perfect for those moments when we’re worried. Supposedly fidget spinners were invented by an I.T. guy that couldn’t sit still during boring meetings. Worry stones are excellent for that. You can keep them in the areas you’re usually experiencing stress, such as the office, car, or anywhere else.
- Carry it in your pocket- I used to do this all the time with mine. The closest access to your stone is right on your person, to be used whenever you want.
- Meditate with it- I used to do this too, and it’s really powerful. The thing is, if you do this consistently, you’ll imbue your stone with special vibrations that are unique to you. I found this was really great for when I felt low and needed a vibrational ‘punch’. I would place it on my forehead and take deep breaths.
Beyond healing energies
If you don’t believe in ‘healing gemstones’, it’s ok. You don’t need to believe in something like that to benefit from this ancient practice. I come from a very evidenced-based approach myself in many areas of my life, so I understand that thought process. After all, healing energy isn’t proven, though there is strong anecdotal evidence and worldwide use throughout history, despite geographical divides.
Worry stones are still great for psychological benefits. If you’re normally anxious with little habits like nail biting, worry stones can really help. Using them can keep the mind occupied. It can even help with more detrimental habits such as smoking. It’s all about transferring that energy to something else.
So what do you think? Do worry stones sound interesting to you?
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