Connecting with crystals may seem very mystical or mysterious, but it's actually very simple. In fact, connecting more deeply with any of the elemental kingdoms like plants, bodies of water, clouds, or land masses is pretty much the same.
When I began my mandala journey I began incorporating more meditation into my daily life. What worked the best for me was loving kindness meditation, where the aim is to cultivate a feeling of love (and kindness) at will and be able to generate and amplify love and compassion to be ever more inclusive.
I began my practice with the most lovable and heartwarming things I could think of: