Meditation is the dissolution of thoughts in eternal awareness or pure consciousness without objectification, knowing without thinking, merging finitude in infinity. ~ Swami Sivananda
I have found that having a dedicated meditation space has improved the consistency and duration of my meditation practice at home. Today, I am going to share five easy steps to help you create a meditation space of your own.
Keep in mind: The most important thing is that your meditation space is meaningful to YOU.
The 5 steps to create your own meditation space:
1) Select the space in your home. It could be a corner in your bedroom or it could be an entire meditation room. Most importantly, it should be somewhere quiet where you will not be disturbed.
2) Assemble your essentials. Meditation essentials include a meditation cushion or chair, a blanket or shawl for your shoulders, and a timer or clock.
3) Gather your sacred items. My suggestion here is to select one thing for each of the five senses plus something from nature:
- Smell – Incense is traditional, but a candle or essential oil works well too. Perhaps you bring a rose in one day as you meditate on your love of nature.
- Sound – A simple meditation bell, peaceful meditation music, Tibetan singing bowl, or the audio to a guided meditation.
- Touch – Mala beads work nicely as a touch stone to focus on during your meditation.
- Sight – Select a meaningful picture or statue of a symbol, image, guru, or saint of your choosing. Again, select something or someone that inspires you.
- Taste – A glass of water or cup of tea nearby is a nice addition to your daily meditation ritual.
- Nature – Don’t forget to include something from nature as one of your sacred items.
4) Now that you have gathered your sacred items, create a small altar. The altar does not need to be anything fancy. For now, you could use a few books with a clothe over it. Place your sacred items onto the altar.
5) Sit. Now, sit in your space and try it out. Not comfortable yet? Add as many cushions, pillows, and blankets as necessary. (Some teachers advise otherwise, but I feel that you should do whatever you can to be comfortable.)
Tip: Don’t be afraid to change it up every now and then. Perhaps while out walking one day, you see a beautiful rock or twig that speaks to you. Bring it into your meditation space and use it as a focal point for a few days.
Some people have several pictures of various saints and gurus in their space. Some people have none. Again, select what works for you and don’t be afraid to try different things during different times of the year or parts of your life.
Please feel free to share any additional tips you may have below.
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