June News – Creating a Space for Meditation: Considerations for all Senses
Rather than make our lives more relaxed and more simple, technology seems to have complicated them. We seem to always be connected through texts, calls, emails and social media. There may be instant messages from our employers to respond to. In addition, many people get news and weather alerts directly sent to their smartphones. Today, we are often asked to do so much more, and even increasing our personal obligations make decompressing more difficult.
For centuries, meditation has been shown to be an effective way to reduce stress and anxiety. It promotes emotional health and helps us become more self-aware. It can help us become kinder and help fight addictions. It may even reduce age-related memory loss and help increase our attention spans. Meditation has been and continues to be a valuable way for millions of people to improve the quality of their lives. The problem? It is hard to find the time and maybe even harder to find a place for ourselves to rejuvenate on a daily basis.
If you are ready to enhance your body, mind, and spirit through meditation, it is important to be able to create a space where you can be alone and maximize the experience. This guide is designed to help you do just that. We’ll explore the various factors to consider when deciding on your meditation space, and how the time of day or night you decide to practice meditation may affect your decision. We’ll discuss ways you can make your space more comfortable for meditation and the importance of controlling noise. We’ll even get into aromatherapy and how colours play a role in helping you reach a meditative state.
Factors to Consider When Creating a Meditation Space
Assuming you will not be constructing a separate outbuilding or building an addition to your home, you will need to consider several factors in creating your meditation space. The first will be the space available to you. Is there an underused office or family room in your home? Perhaps there is a guest bedroom that is rarely used. You may even have a sunroom, exercise area, patio or deck that can serve as your meditation space.
Part of your consideration should include the sound levels in the space. Obviously noisy areas are less conducive to meditating. You should also take into account the time of day that you plan to meditate. Privacy is also an important consideration as is the size of the space available.
One of the significant factors that determine the quality of meditation space is the sound level. Do you desire your space to be as silent as possible? Will music be used to enhance the mood of the area? Is there ambient natural noise like birds that are easy to deal with or will there be traffic noise to manage? Not every place is quiet , so it’s important to consider common sources of noises and adjust accordingly.
Because noise tends to pull a person out of a meditative space, the quieter the space is, the more conducive it will be for meditation.
Throughout this guide we will address sound on a variety of levels. The point here is if you have a choice between an area of your home that is quieter than another, choose the quieter option. It will be easier to convert to a meditation space with a beneficial ambiance.
At its optimum, your meditation space should be as private as possible. Depending on your specific situation, this may be challenging. Few may have an ideal space that is not being used for anything else and separate from the rest of the house.
There are some steps you can take that can serve as compromises to a less-than-perfect situation. These include at least making sure the space has a door that can be closed and even potentially locked. If the door does not lock, place a sign to alert others that meditation may be in progress. If you have to compromise further, at least use a curtain or beads as a physical “barrier” that separates your space from the rest of the home. This is important for several reasons. It is a signal that your space is special and designed specifically for the purpose of meditation. It also helps to keep you meditating on a daily basis because you created the space just for that purpose.
If there are others who live in the house, it is important for them to understand how valuable your time meditating is to you and they should respect your space and privacy. You do not need to be distracted or self-conscious about meditating, and privacy is an important way to accomplish both.
Choosing the space for meditation often involves prioritizing the activity. Meditation should become an important part of your life, at least significant enough to carve out space for it. It should be taken at least as seriously as physical exercise, so at the very least, a portion of any exercise area should be converted to meditation space. Rather than share the entire space, it can be more effective to divide the space, creating two separate areas in the room. This concept of dividing rather than sharing can also work in a home office area.
Using a guest room as meditation space is frequently the best option for many, especially if guests only use the room several times a year. Rather than a large bed, perhaps the room could have a pull-out couch or futon that can convert when guests spend the night. Obviously, most guest rooms offer some privacy with locking doors.
Depending on the house and property, a “she-shed” or “he-shed” could be used for meditation. A separate, quiet basement space or perhaps even an area in a garage if it can be made comfortable and quiet enough are also options for a meditation space.
If noise and weather aren’t much of an issue, there are outdoor spaces that can serve nicely to meditate. These can include a tranquility garden, pagoda, sunroom, deck or balcony. The space should promote a sense of peace and tranquility and should be away from traffic noise, kids playing or dogs barking.
Once a space has been carefully chosen, it is time to design and prepare it to enhance your experience.
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