"Meditation shawls have been used for thousands of years by all cultures and religions. Meditation shawls are also called prayer shawls by some people, depending on religion and their particular customs. What ever they are called, these shawls are intended to surround the person doing the meditation or prayer session. Wearing a shawl for meditation is traditional as meditation shawls are believed to hold the energy that accumulates and has a beneficial effect on the mind. Also as the body cools down during meditation extra warmth provided by a meditation shawl not only helps the body but stops the mind being distracted. Meditation shawls are usually kept in a sacred space when being use and cleaned occasionally. These shawls are great for meditating, to lie on, to cover up with, or to wrap up in to keep warm."