Setting up your meditation space should be top priority, it is your "Reset Space." How you organize your home sends messages about what’s important to you. Some people prioritize books, bookshelves, and a comfortable reading chair or sofa. A movie buff will set up a living room that is essentially a home cinema. Or someone who loves cooking will have the kitchen as the center of their home (for hardcore cooks, their kitchen is home!)
Setting up your meditation space:
It was a safe place, a nest, a comfortable venue to just “be.” Creating a meditation space in your home is a powerful way of signaling the importance of meditation in your life. It’s your grown-up pillow fort.
Setting aside a place dedicated only to silence, stillness, and contemplation is a mindful act of self-care and prioritizes meditation in your life. Yes, self-care involves being silent, still, and contemplative – foreign concepts to many in today’s world, but vital to mental and physical health.
Mindfulness and meditation practices respond to what is happening in the present moment in your present environment. You can make your meditation easier and more effective if you are in a quiet, safe, and supportive place, that suits your tastes and spirituality.
Finding a suitable space:
The very act of setting up your meditation space can be cathartic, invigorating, and limitless. Use your imagination and give life to an unused area. Setting aside the corner of your living room or bedroom, or a space under the stairs or even a large empty closet will do just fine. For some people, it could be in the garage! When in doubt, build a pillow fort.
The amount of space you need depends on whether it’s just for you or a shared space, and whether you will be using the space for yoga (that's Yoga, not Yogurt) as well as meditation. You don’t have to limit yourself to indoors either. Consider a quiet area in the yard, the woods, a field, beside a stream, any serene setting (avoid ones with banjo music).
Decorating your meditation space:
Think of what is meaningful to you. Without cluttering your calm space, you might consider what pictures, statues, decorative plants, candles, and crystals will help you focus on your mediation and avoid distraction. You might want to make your space comfortable and welcoming with soft blankets, rugs, and cushions.
Make your space a reflection
of your inner self and what you need to feel calm, a safe place where you can
retreat and find stillness and mindfulness.
Think of including elements that will calm all of your senses. Include things like incense or essential oils, soft lighting, beautiful objects and pictures, singing bowls or music, and soft textiles and cushions. Whatever your combination, keep it minimal.
When setting up your mediation space, remember that this is your space. You do not have to meet anyone else's expectations but your own.
There are no rules!
I wish you peace.
- Ted Stefanski
You can sign up to Zen12 for a free audio meditation program to experiment with an alternative style.
Think of meditation as me-time, a few minutes every day where you get to focus on the most important person in your life: You!
Give it a try and you’ll discover it’s not actually as difficult as you imagine.
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