By Dina Staggs

Worry stones are used for many purposes by a variety of cultures. They originated in Ancient Greece a few millenia ago. The first worry stones were simple rocks that had been worn smooth by the sea. In modern times, worry stones are often carved from semiprecious gemstones.

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Assorted stones.

Relieving Stress

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Stones are used in massage to relieve stress.

In many cultures, worry stones are thought to relieve stress. The basic method used is rubbing the smooth area of the stone with the index finger and thumb. Each culture adds its own traditions to this practice.

Calming the Mind

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Balancing stress stones.

Rubbing a worry stone is thought to help clear and calm the mind.


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Stones may help during meditation.

Some people hold or rub a worry stone during meditation as a way of helping to center their concentration.


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Heart shaped stone.

In Irish folklore, rubbing a worry stone crafted from connemara marble will relieve worries and bring luck. Many other cultures believe that carrying a worry stone crafted from one's birth stone will attract luck.

Cure for Boredom

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Zen stones.

Worry stones are often used to relieve boredom. Rubbing a worry stone can be a welcomed distraction during a particularly boring situation.