We all know that meditating, even for just a few minutes a day, will help us reduce stress, improve our overall physical and mental well- being; and also help reduce stress, anxiety, depression and insomnia. And in addition to helping us balance our bodies and our minds, meditation is also a great gateway for direct communication with Spirit. We know meditation is good for us, but between work and home responsibilities, it’s sometimes hard to make the time. I’m speaking from experience: For years, I meditated every day, twice a day, but lately it seems that the more stressed out I am at work, the less time I put aside for meditation, which is counter-productive and something that I intend to correct immediately.
Before I let my job get in the way of my daily meditation practice, I sat in stillness at the same time every day. I know that we can meditate anyplace—I’ve sat and meditated in my car in the parking lot at the grocery store—but I think that having a special spot for our practice helps motivate us to make the time for what is essentially an important and beneficial action that will make our lives better in the short term and in the long run. Here are five things to consider as we create a meditation space for ourselves that will allow us to disconnect from the everyday world, spend some precious time with ourselves, and communicate with Spirit:
- When you claim a space to tap into your own spirituality, that space becomes sacred. Going inside and seeking spiritual knowledge becomes easier when you have a sacred space to sit.
- Size doesn’t matter—comfort does. You can create a sacred space with a folding screen and chair right in your living room. Add pillows or whatever will allow you sit or lie down comfortably.
- Find a quiet spot—you want to be able to concentrate and achieve clarity without being distracted by the kids, pets, etc. It can be inside or outside.
- Decorate your space with things that you love—it will motivate you to find the time to spend time there.
- Add color to help you attain a calm, relaxed state of mind. Earthy greens or sedate light blues are colors that are often recommended for meditation spaces, and can be used on walls, pillows, and throw blankets. Surround yourself with the colors that elicit feelings of peace and serenity within you.
I’m very fortunate because I have a room that I’ve been able to set aside for meditation and writing. I painted the walls purple (a color that is soothing and helps us connect to Spirit), I hung photos of Egypt on the walls, and placed lots of Egyptian statues and amethyst and clear quartz crystals around the room. To make it a really perfect space, my pal, Jan Cleary, made me a beautiful purple quilt that I cozy up in when I sit down to meditate. I also made a second meditation area outside that I use when the weather is nice—I like the feeling of being out in nature, it’s very calming for me.
The bottom line is to create a space that calls to you, a space that you love and want to sit in; a space that’s calming and conducive to letting go and going within: Create a space that’s 100% you. Namaste.
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