Finding Space to Meditate
When life is busy and you have a family, it can be difficult just to find a space to meditate. It’s important that you find a place where you can have a few minutes of uninterrupted time to meditate. It’s difficult to free your mind when someone is talking to you and distracting you.
Truly, any space can be turned into a meditation space if you take the time to prepare. You may want to use your bedroom as a space for meditation. I have done this, with a corner for some cushions and a blanket.
There is also a small table with some incense sticks and a holder, chimes, and a tibetan bowl.
My stereo is in the other corner of the room for playing meditation recordings on the days where I feel like a guided meditation. I have found that it helps to tell the members of your household that you’ll be meditating and that you’d like some private time to do this.
Some people choose to use an office area or gym area to perform meditation. Still others find that a large closet can provide a quiet, private space to meditate. Have you ever felt like the bathroom is the only place where you can be alone?
It may sound crazy, but many people convert their bathrooms into spiritual places when they need just a few moments alone to refocus and renew their spirit.
At the end of a long day, there really is nothing quite like a nice long bubble bath, with some gentle music in the background and some incense burning.
There’s absolutely no right or wrong space to meditate, as long as it’s a place where you can the time to clear your mind.
Creating Time for Your Meditation
The people who are most in need of meditating and relaxing are often those that have the busiest and most demanding lives. It can be hard to think that adding one more thing to your schedule can have benefits, but meditation will give you many benefits.
I honestly feel a huge difference in my mood and energy when I make a point of starting or ending my day with a meditation.
Don’t feel that you have to spend hours meditating each day in order to achieve a benefit from it. In fact, even taking just a minute or two to breathe deeply and clear your mind can be of tremendous value.
If you have more time, then you can always meditate longer. If what you have is only have a few minutes, then be sure to make the most of them. Building meditation into your schedule is the easiest way to create and build upon consistency.
For example, you may want to make it a practice to meditate each morning before you get going for the day. This can help you to face the day with greater focus and purpose. Inevitably, you will feel more connected to this world in which we live.
For others, meditating before bed can give the relaxation needed before trying to get a good night’s sleep. When the stress of the day has piled onto your shoulders, meditation can help you to relax, unwind, and clear your mind.
Have you ever gone to bed with your mind racing about all of your experiences and all the things on your to do list for tomorrow? Meditation can free you from this cycle that can disrupt your sleep patterns and leave you feeling weary.
But you can also build meditation into your day at any time. If you have a lunch break, you can take five minutes to clear your mind with some focused breathing and relaxation techniques, and feel more refreshed by meditating. And if you would like to find some guiding tools with which to help you get into meditation mode, there are some beautiful ones out there which are easy on the pocket book.
Even just taking one minute throughout the day to breathe deeply and refocus can have incredibly wonderful benefits. If you wish to learn more about the benefits of meditation, some of these – but certainly not all! – are covered in my next post.
If you would like to read my post leading into this one, you will find some suggestions of mine for guided meditations to be enjoyed at home.