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.
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.
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.
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 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.
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. (Trust me, I've meditated at the DMV!)
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