A recent buzzword is flow state: an elusive intensity of focus on the task at hand where our attention is completely impermeable by any outside stimuli, and you even lose yourself in the process. Your focus and concentration is in complete flow. You’re living in the moment SO much that it feels like nothing else exists! Time seems to fall away and you may be tired, or hungry, or cold or hot but you barely notice because you’re so engrossed in your activity. This is a wonderful state, yet it’s hard to come by, especially with all the beeps, dings, bells, lights, and all-around alerts that flood our day-to-day lives. Typically, we equate being focused with being clear of purpose – and this is true – but even before we decide on the what of our intentions, let’s first understand the why. This starts with grounding.
Before a vision can truly take shape, we need to be rooted and in touch with our true selves, with an honest understanding of our priorities and what’s most important to us. There’s a balance between being aspirational and realistic, between dreaming and doing. We can let our imagination play among the stars but we need to ensure our feet stay firmly planted on the ground. Being grounded means understanding why we want what we want. Once we can harness the motivation and purpose behind our goals, it is much easier to stay focused on achieving them.
The Best Crystals for Focus and Clarity
These three iron-based crystals help us stay rooted and connected to the Earth and ourselves.
Pyrite – Dig Deep
Looking much like a nugget of gold, Pyrite has become a symbol for money and luck, with an energy that invites in abundance. This crystal has it all – sparkle, dimension, texture and shape. You can literally feel its heavy metallic weight. The complexity of the stone gives it interest and movement. Although it is inspirational in nature, its foundation is in iron, an energy found deep in the core of the Earth. This duality yields perspective and balance. Pyrite is one of the best crystals for motivation and ambition. It can help stimulate creative energy, particularly when it comes to career, prosperity, drive and persistence. Work with Pyrite to help overcome any limitations that prevent you from achieving success, however you measure and define it. In addition, with its deep connection to Mother Earth, Pyrite helps us also channel a higher wisdom so we can pursue our goals with greater insight, intention and focus.
Hematite – Your Reality Check
Named after the Greek word for blood, Hematite is a stone for connecting the body to the Earth. In the truest sense, this stone serves as a reality check and is one of the best crystals for focus. With its iron-based pewter coloring, this stone is reminiscent of nature’s raw beauty and power, keeping you centered and intent on the big picture. If your mind is spinning in circles, if you feel you’re losing your grip or becoming paralyzed with indecision, use Hematite to get out of your head and back into your body. Take a moment to recalibrate and just be. This stone will help recenter your thoughts and ground you so you feel balanced and stable. Much like quicksand, Hematite can also suction out and absorb any negative energy and stress, clearing the way for a clearer, more positive outlook as your intentions become manifested in the real world.
Black Tourmaline – Reconnect and Refocus
Black Tourmaline is one of the most powerful crystals for clarity and protection. Again, this stone is deeply rooted in Earthly elements. Its rich black color helps release and clear away all negative energy, providing a stabilizing effect that allows you to feel grounded, safe and confident. When you find yourself feeling the weight of the world on your shoulders or overwhelmed with worry or anxiety, let Black Tourmaline take a shift and absorb the stress that is wasted energy. Use it to reconnect to your core priorities, let go of what might be holding you back, put aside any distractions and realign yourself with positive uplifting forces, so you can get things back in focus and right on track.
The 2 best crystals for focus and clarity
Clear Quartz – Get Crystal Clear & Leave No Doubt
As you are setting goals and intentions for the year to come, Clear Quartz can help you make sure that they align with your truest, highest self! This crystal raises your vibration and clears your head so you can see your life from a higher perspective. Working with Clear Quartz enables you to avoid getting caught up in a journey that is not uniquely yours by connecting with your higher self and clearing your mind of any distractions. From this state of complete clarity, you can move forward with manifesting your dreams.
Selenite — Clear Away Energetic Noise
Selenite cleanses energy, making it especially useful in an office with lots of different people and personalities all in one place. Selenite is similar to Clear Quartz because they both amplify and charge the other crystals they’re around while also being powerful in their own right. If you ever feel overwhelmed by energetic noise, mental fog, or muddled emotions, let Selenite absorb any energetic “mess” around you so you can get down to business.
The 2 best crystals for focus and motivation
Lapis Lazuli – Heed Your Inner Wisdom & Take the Lead
If you are ready for a big breakthrough or shift in your life in 2020, it’s time to grab hold of the wheel and start steering yourself in the right direction. As a stone of authenticity and power, Lapis Lazuli teaches you to step into your power and authentic self. You are in the driver’s seat, and have the power to go where you want to go. All you have to do is trust yourself and feel empowered to take charge! If you combine your Lapis Lazuli with Malachite (which is so goal-focused it’s seemingly covered in bullseyes!), you get a double dose of empowerment and energy to go after checking off all the items on your to-do lists, making them two of our favorite crystals for focus and productivity. Carry these with you while doing research, writing scientific or thesis papers, and taking major exams.
Azurite — Unlock Your Laser Focus
This stone may be one of my absolute favorite crystals for focus and I always recommend it to people who really need to achieve flow states that aren’t interrupted at all, like students, doctors, and anyone else who’s working on something that’s very detail-heavy or takes a long time. You have to be able to block out any and all distractions around you in order to avoid mistakes and do the best job you can, so crystals for focus and concentration are a must-have tool! Azurite is by far the best crystals for focus. Let it clear away any confusion or mental noise by placing an Azurite stone over your third eye or crown chakra and meditating with for 11 minutes.
Next time you have an endless to-do list, a tight deadline, or simply a project that you're having trouble concentrating on, skip the coffee and reach for your Azurite Tumbled Stone. This stone helps you find your focus by clearing your mind of any internal or external distraction. Free of distraction, you can dedicate your full mental power toward the task at hand.