Meditation is a good way to settle the mind and reduce stress in a busy life. Here are some of the benefits to help create calmness at home.
Many of us have become interested in meditation because we know that it can help us relax, de-stress, and even stay in better physical condition.
Many more people continue to practice meditation for a deeper purpose, such as to reach a higher level of spiritual awakening or to find happiness. But you don’t have to believe in any specific tradition, or even follow any religious path at all, to practice meditation. This is because one of the first things we bring into alignment when we start to meditate is not the mind, but the body.
Awareness, alignment, calm
It’s about feeling your body relax into awareness of your breath, your physical alignment, and the sensation of living calmly, open to experience. The practice of meditation can, for some, help to find awareness in the everyday experiences of life itself, including tapping in to all the senses and increasing your focus on your purpose in life.
At the same time, it’s sometimes very difficult to find both the time and the space for stillness. In this article, we’ll talk about creating a physical environment in your home that will help you to immerse yourself in the experience of meditation.
Creating the space
Although, for meditation, you will likely have use a room that has a different purpose in everyday life, you can set a new intention for the space by making small changes.
First, take some time to reflect on how you might prepare your space to create a sense of stillness. Where is a place in your home that you feel comfortable and alive? It’s probably not going to be the kitchen (although you never know; some kitchens are beautifully light and airy), but you may be able to find some small nook where you can relax into comfort for an hour a day. Try setting aside an area of your living room or bedroom. You can even create a place of contemplation in a less-used hallway by laying down a narrow rug when it comes time for your meditation hour.
What you need to remember is that meditation can happen anywhere. In fact, most meditation advice I have read has suggested that silence isn’t necessary, and can even be welcomed. The trick is to learn how to relax the body first, and then slowly build up mindfulness over the long term.
Surround yourself with beauty
Surround yourself with the colors and sounds that will inspire you on your path towards inner awareness and consciousness of your environment. In meditation, it’s not so much about developing an empty room devoid of color, but creating a space in which you feel relaxed.
Many meditation experts suggest that beauty, either natural or self-created, is a wonderful focal point for reflection. You can spend time looking at the perfection of a tree or flower, or you can even seek out a hidden pattern in your wall tile in order to focus the mind. It’s really up to you.
Calm thoughts and associations
Think about the last time you were able to lapse into a calm state: what colors were you observing? Was there a cool breeze or were did you feel warm and coddled? Did you like the feeling of a wooden floor under your feet or did you prefer a soft rug?
When you’re designing a space in which to meditate, you will need to draw on these inner feelings of relaxation, so make it easy for yourself to get to that place of calm. Draw on your favourite colors, concepts, and physical comforts, and eventually you’ll be able to set aside your thoughts so that you can gain all of the benefits of the deep relaxation that meditation can provide.
Find your stillness
Through the daily practice of meditation, we can quickly learn to transcend involuntary thought patterns and experience a quieter, deeper state of awareness. This is our deepest nature. When we meditate regularly, we can become more dynamic and happy individuals, ready to face what comes.
Try to find time for stillness every day. In the quiet place you have prepared for these sessions, spend an hour or as little as five minutes in stillness once a day. Stillness does not have to be silent; if you prefer, choose some quiet music or listen to a guided meditation from your favourite guru or even an audiobook, soothingly read by the author. Use your quiet place to let your cognitive mind relax, and just be.
An investment in yourself
Creating a space for meditation in your home is an investment in yourself and your future happiness. You deserve a little time each day that is free of stress and strain, and that replenishes your personal reserves of comfort and awareness. By designing a place in your home in which you can relax in effortless ease, you’ll be giving yourself the gift of inner peace.