World Meditation Day

Today celebrates World Meditation Day!

World Meditation Day

Do you want to bring more mindfulness into your life? Introducing a regular meditation practice into your life is a great way to do just that.

Meditation changed my life in ways that I can describe in detail and other ways in which I have no words for. But more than something which has allowed me to get or acquire something else, meditation is my constant companion. Every day, I meditate. And every day I feel the peace that comes from sitting in silence.

“Meditation is the dissolution of thoughts in eternal awareness or pure consciousness without objectification, knowing without thinking, merging finitude in infinity.” ~ Swami Sivananda

I don’t know what brought you to meditation. It could be the desire to get “more” from life, the feeling like there’s really supposed to be more than this. It could be that you feel something’s missing as if you were missing a puzzle piece. Or it could be that you want to achieve something and that you feel meditation will help you do that.

Whatever brought you to meditation, know that there’s something deep within you that wants to reveal itself.

I hope this simple list of tools and resources can help you in your practice.

How to Create Your Meditation Space

1. Determine the purpose of your space.

What is the purpose of your space – is it to have a private place for meditation, or to have shared space with others? Is it to create a serene feeling in your home, or for you to seek inner calm and clarity? The purpose of your space will help you determine where it should be and what you will need.

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2. Find space.

A meditation space is a useful tool in anyone’s practice. It’s somewhere you can go when you’re feeling strong emotions and need somewhere to cool off, a place where you can “find yourself” daily, and just somewhere important for practice in general.

You don’t need an entire room for meditation – a corner of a room will do. You could also use an empty, spacious closet {if you have one!}. Based on the purpose of your space, you could make it in the main area of your house, in a corner of your bedroom, or even in your backyard or garden.

3. Decorate your space.

Meditation Practice

Gather your sacred items. My suggestion here is to select one thing for each of the five senses plus something from nature:

  • Smell – Incense is traditional, but a candle or essential oil works well too. Perhaps you bring a rose in one day as you meditate on your love of nature.
  • Sound – A simple meditation bell, peaceful meditation music, Tibetan singing bowl, or the audio to a guided meditation.
  • Touch – Mala beads work nicely as a touchstone to focus on during your meditation.
  • Sight – Select a meaningful picture or statue of a symbol, image, guru, or saint of your choosing. Again, select something or someone that inspires you.
  • Taste – A glass of water or cup of tea nearby is a nice addition to your daily meditation ritual.
  • Nature – Don’t forget to include something from nature as one of your sacred items.

What images or objects will fit the purpose of your space? Most people recommend a minimalist approach to decorate a meditation area, in order to avoid distractions.

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My space has a Buddha statue, candles, and a plant. You might want to incorporate flowers, cushions and pillows, or special lights. I like having blankets and pillows to create a sense of softness.

Choose something that is meaningful to you and sets this area of your home apart.

4. Supply your space.

You don’t really need anything to meditate besides your body and breath. But if you use a meditation pillow and cushion, or a singing bowl, or beads in your practice you could display them.

5. An app (or book / audiobook) for timeless instruction

As I am a beginner myself, I use apps to help with my meditation as I am still learning to quiet down my mind. Meditating to an app is much easier for me. My favourites are ‘HeadSpace’ and ‘Mindifi’.

6. Make your space sacred.

By “sacred,” I don’t mean religious or spiritual {although you certainly could make it that if it’s part of your practice}. I mean sacred as in the opposite of mundane. You should associate this area of your home with stillness, with special time for yourself or your family that is devoted to your practice.

7. Sit. Now, sit in your space and try it out. Not comfortable yet? Add as many cushions, pillows, and blankets as necessary. (Some teachers advise otherwise, but I feel that you should do whatever you can to be comfortable.)

8. Time. Set a dedicated time for meditation and do everything in your power to stick to it. Don’t schedule anything on top of this time, you need to act like it’s important, even if you’re just starting out.

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9. Comfortable clothing. Wear something comfortable, the last thing you want to do is to be wearing skinny jeans and a tight top. I love my tank top and longs trousers from Amara Living. They’re very comfortable and super soft to my skin.

With that said, I hope your meditation practice helps you find what you’re looking for, even if you don’t quite yet know what that is.

Happy World Meditation Day!

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