If you want to make meditation a part of your daily routine, then it helps to have a space that is physically dedicated to it. Of course that means you need to choose such an area, clear it out, and recreate it for the specific purpose of meditation. It can be an area of any particular size that suits you.
If you are fortunate enough, you might get to dedicate an entire room of your house to meditation. However, most folks use smaller areas or anything that is available, such as a home office, a laundry closet, an extra bedroom, or even their garage. If you want to set up your own meditation space, follow these 5 steps:
1) Pick A Spot:
Don’t overthink this or get too choosy. Pick any small yet comfortable area within your home that you can access easily. It should have a source of good lighting, proper ventilation, and control over the temperature. If the space has a window or is near it, block out hard sunlight with solar shades. A HEPA air purifier is a good idea to take care of stagnant local atmosphere or poor air quality. If your local climate or seasonal weather is cold, then be sure the room has enough warmth for you to relax comfortably. If you are from somewhere warmer then the garden can be a good place.
2) Make The Spot Free Of Distractions:
Any electronics in this space need to be turned off while you meditate. This starts with cell phones, but also includes dishwashers, laundry timers, coffee makers, or any other electronic device or appliance that might prove to be a source of noise. Get rid of or cover up any work that visibly needs to be done, be it laundry, a stack of bills, or just your to-do list. You need free your space of work possibilities and possible interruptions that your ears might pick up. A do-not-disturb sign on the closed door lets other occupants of your home know that you’re busy not being busy.
3) Clean The Space Often:
If you want to clear your mind, you need to first clear the space where you hope to do this. You should have already addressed clutter, but make sure you also deal with any remaining mess, down to dirt and dust. Sweep, vacuum, or dust mop regularly in order to keep the room pristine and welcoming. If the area is outside then ensure it’s neat and tidy too. Weeding, cutting and caring for a garden meditation space can help.
4) Let The Area Inspire You:
Your personal choices come into play here. You might take the simple route when you figure out how to make the room beautiful, as you could just go with a vibrantly colored or patterned mat for sitting, or you could get more elaborate and decorate the space with pictures, frames of inspirational quotes, fresh flowers or other plants, and candles. If your space is outside then perhaps some nice statues can help, or maybe one of these outdoor fountains at SoothingWalls.com could do the trick.
5) Make Yourself Comfortable:
Make sure your space can support you physically during your meditation. Pillows and bolsters with your mat, or even a comfy chair, are good ideas. Some individuals find it easier to meditate comfortably while warm, so have a shawl, scarf, or large blanket handy.
Amila Gamage Wickramarachchi is the founder of this blog where she shares her parenting and lifestyle experiences. She is an engineer and a trainer who works in the construction industry. She is the founder of Sihela Consultants.(www.sihelaconsultants.com)