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 quiet your thoughts and become more mindful.
There’s no doubt that meditation can offer immense benefits to busy professionals. But often, finding the time and space to meditate can be a challenge. If you’re looking for ways to create a meditation space that works for you, check out these tips. With a little creativity, you can turn any corner of your home into a calm and relaxing oasis. So get creative and start today!
Benefits of Creating a Space
1. Increase concentration. A designated meditation space for contemplation makes it easier to switch gears. You can forget about utility 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 Space at Home
1. Clean up. Removing clutter allows you to keep your meditation space tidy. Sweep the floor and wash the windows. Remove your shoes to avoid tracking in dirt.
2. Lower the volume. Aim for a quiet environment so you can appreciate the silence or listen to instructions and chants on CDs. A pink noise machine or fan will block out street noise.
3. Add inspiring objects. What do you like looking at while meditating? There are lots of options, including posters, statues, and prayer flags. If you’re creative, you may want to design your 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 readily available. You can also fill your offering cups with colored stones 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 your 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 please support your back if necessary.
Finding a Meditation Space Away From Home
1. Browse community listings. If you like practicing in a group, a location 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. Many companies are interested 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 critical meditation space is in your mind. The more you practice, the easier it will be to calm your thoughts regardless of what is happening around you. Focusing on your breath can help you reduce tension, whether you’re sitting in the dentist’s chair or waiting in line at the motor vehicle department.
Create your beautiful haven in your home or your neighborhood. A unique meditation space enables you to draw your focus inward and experience greater peace.
Did you build a meditation space? Take a moment and listen to this past episode of the Meditation NOT Medicine Podcast and discover more ways to start your day with more mindfulness. My guest, Orest G Komarnyckyj, is a 68-year-old podcaster, blogger, internet marketer, stand-up comedian and former periodontal regenerative surgeon. Listen in on how he starts his day!
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