You probably know that meditation is good for your body and mind. Still, it can be a challenge for a busy professional to find a place to sit and think.
Learn how to create a meditation space in your home or find a sanctuary nearby. After all, your surroundings play an important role in helping you to quiet your thoughts and become more mindful.
Benefits of Creating a Meditation Space
1. Increase concentration. A designated area for contemplation makes it easier to switch gears. You can forget about utilities bills and your kid’s report cards. Pay attention to your breath, and connect with the divine.
2. Screen out distractions. Turn off your phone and keep your laptop out of sight. Let your family know that you’ll be out of reach for a while.
3. Practice more consistently. Your meditation space is a powerful reminder if you’re trying to establish a consistent practice. You can look forward to your next session each time you walk by.
Designing a Meditation Space at Home
1. Clean up. Removing clutter allows you to keep your meditation space tidy and inviting. Sweep the floor and wash the windows. Remove your shoes to avoid tracking in dirt. If you are blessed to have an entire room to devote to this space, consider following Feng Shui to create balance and allow energy to flow at its best.
2. Lower the volume. Aim for a quiet environment so you can appreciate the silence or listen to instructions and chants on CDs. A white noise machine or fan will block out street noise. I have personally found over-the-ear headphones to be most successful at helping eliminate outside noise.
3. Add inspiring objects. What do you like looking at or being surrounded by while meditating? There are lots of options, including posters, statues, and prayer flags. If you’re creative, you may want to design your own props.
4. Set out offerings. Depending on your spiritual practice, you may also want to engage in rituals that involve offerings. Water offerings are popular because they’re inexpensive and easily available. You can also fill your offering cups with colored stones on days when you don’t have time to change the water.
5. Store literature. Maybe you like to refer to prayer books or other inspirational passages. Install some shelves and cover your books with fabric to keep them pretty and protected.
6. Arrange seating. Having a comfortable place to sit is essential. You may prefer a regular chair or floor cushions. Any position that encourages good posture can work so feel free to support your back if necessary. There is this misconception in the western world that one must sit in full or partial lotus position in order to meditate. This is simply not true. The only thing that is necessary for successful meditation is good posture, and you can sit or lay in any position that allows this - comfortably (though laying, one may be prone to falling asleep).
Finding a Meditation Space Away From Home
1. Browse community listings. If you like practicing in a group, a space away from home may be an attractive supplement or a way to help you get started with meditation. Check out what’s available in your neighborhood. Yoga studios and college campuses are good options. Local Buddhist centers may also welcome visitors of all faiths and philosophies.
2. Ask your boss. A growing number of companies are taking an interest in meditation. Talk with your employer about using the conference room before or after work.
3. Enjoy nature. Head outdoors if the weather is mild. Enjoy beaches and public gardens while you meditate. Look for a spot where it’s safe to drop your guard for a while.
4. Meditate anywhere. Remember that the most important meditation space is in your mind. The more you practice, the easier it will be to calm your thoughts regardless of what is going on around you. Focusing on your breath can help you to reduce tension whether you’re sitting in the dentist’s chair or waiting in line at the motor vehicle department.
Create your own beautiful haven in your home or in your neighborhood. A special meditation space enables you to draw your focus inward and experience greater peace.