Meditation as a spiritual discipline assists us in developing a balanced life. We aren’t all called to a life of complete solitude and silence or to the contemplative life of the monastic, but we can all incorporate a practice of meditation into our daily personal lives whether living alone or in a vibrant family.
This personal practice of interiority is as ancient as the oldest wisdom traditions, and remains a consistent beacon of refuge, rest and healing amidst the stress of modern day living.
The usually busy mind with it’s background running commentary is calmed in meditation, while mental dullness and lethargy are lifted resulting in the mind experiencing lightness, clarity and stability.
Besides the balancing effects of meditation, it also benefits mental and physical health.
Here are 4 tips towards creating your own meditation space in your home:
1. Designate an area/room/chair for your meditation practice and personalise it
A sitting space is all that’s really needed, simple and uncluttered. Ideally it’s a space where you’re least likely to be disturbed by others.
Placing a candle near your sitting spot can be a helpful visual reminder of the intention to meditate regularly.
If space is limited and you need to roll up your yoga mat and pack away your candle or incense diffuser after meditation, place them in a beautiful basket after each session. Even the packing up can be a practice in mindfulness, a moment-by-moment attention to what’s happening right now in this present moment.
2. Provide items of comfort and care
With seasons changing and cooler weather setting in, have a soft blanket, socks and even a hot water bottle ready as a way of offering some kindness to yourself while sitting in meditation.
Earthy tones and natural textures can also be soothing and calming for the senses
Mala beads or the like can be very helpful in becoming established in this interior spiritual practice and are a way of meditating by hand, connecting body and mind.
3. Lighting, sound and scent
Our Donna Lantern is elegant and unpretentious. It needs just a tea light candle to gently illuminate the area you’ve chosen for your meditation practice.
Play meditative music to help you achieve a calmer mind.
Incense is a firm favourite for many meditators, and each has a personal preference in fragrance.
Alternatively, an essential oil diffuser can provide the subtle scent of calming lavender or your favorite scent.
While fragrances aren’t a “must have” in meditation practice, they can support our practice because our senses appreciate high vibration scents.
4. How do we apply these principles in a busy life or family environment?
Setting the intention to create a meditation space in your own home is the first step. Be kind and realistic when deciding on the length of each ‘sitting’ time, start slowly but regularly.
Develop a ritual when setting up for your sitting session, lighting your candle, playing soft calming music, working mindfully and intentionally with each aspect of preparation.
The ritual in itself sets the tone for stilling the mind, and is pleasing to the senses. This supports the forming of our new habit, and integration into family routine.
If you have young children, involve them in setting up your new-found practice space. They will soon become curious as they begin to experience a calmer, more peaceful ‘you’.
Rather than using meditation as an escape from daily stresses, we are embarking on life-transformation by feeding and growing our spiritual being. Our view and language relating to stress will quickly begin to shift from being reactive and controlling towards a more sane, understanding and balanced approach.
This positively affects those closest to us, and can be the catalyst of a more harmonious happy family life.