CREATE YOUR OWN MEDITATION SPACE
In the post, 5 Myths About Meditation, I discussed how meditation is not a “one-size-fits-all” type of thing, and there are many styles of meditation to choose from. I also discussed the numerous health and wellness benefits. As well, almost everyone can benefit from including meditation in their life.
As you begin to break down those myths, and understand the benefits to meditation, you’ll see that the biggest barrier of all is to fit it in. Because so many of us are trying to fit many things into our lives, creating a sacred meditation space can be helpful, depending upon your meditation goal.
Many comments I receive from my Busy Professionals are that they can’t sit still to quiet the mind, or “I just can’t meditate no matter how hard I try”. I’m here to shift your perspective on Meditation, and the required “space” to do it.
WHAT DOES SPACE MEAN?
When I came up with the idea for this blog, I decided to look at what was already written on the topic. Of course, I get a few basic posts on the physical definition of creating space. Pinterest showcased many pretty rooms, and there are a few blog posts out there advocating for the same.
Like most of us, we live in a home or apartment (camper vans are fine too!), and we maintain that space for daily necessities like eating, sleeping, sitting. It holds sounds, and sights.
This “space” that we live in can be crafted-out to hold certain meanings, such as our bedroom and bathroom rituals. They’re defined – but these spaces can also be limiting.
They can become spaces of ‘routine’ that keep us from branching out into different forms of thoughts, or creativity. Likewise, they can also hold great significance for creativity, and sanction.
Having a regular “space” to meditate can also help you prepare to be in a quiet mental space, offering a better chance to enter a deep meditative space. But this post takes you one step further – you don’t have to have a regular “space”.
As long as you’re preparing your body, and the space isn’t distracting to YOU, you can do it.
MY OWN MEDITATION SPACE:
Anywhere that allows me to sit with my eyes closed for 24 minutes. Anywhere! Even in my early years of meditation, I could meditate effortlessly on the subway or streetcar, as long as I had prepared my mind ahead of time.
Yes, I do have a few regular spots in my home, but I’m not required to be in those spaces in order to effectively get the job done.
Where your effort should lie, when it comes to meditation, is to create a routine of daily activity.
CREATE YOUR SPACE ACCORDING TO YOUR MEDITATION GOAL
Taking the time to learn about the objectives of your meditation can help you also formulate a schedule and do your meditation that will best compliment your goal.
As a Certified Meditation Instructor, and Coach, I usually spend a few weeks on crafting out the right system that will work for my clients, to ensure success.
Is your primary aim Stress release? Performance enhancement? Or Heart-health improvement?
Depending upon your goal, and meditation objectives, you might be the person that needs to create the “perfect” space. If a regular physical space builds commitment for you, consider what that space will look like. Will you have a special cushion, blanket or pillow? What colours will you see before and after?
The problem with the mentality of having the perfect meditation space is that the meditation is delayed until someone gets to that space – typically home. And for many busy professionals, they’re either not home very often.
As well, some people are tentative about committing to a daily practice, especially if they’re new to meditation, so the “space” issue could prevent them from sticking to it entirely.
WHERE CAN I MEDITATE?
Meditation can happen at the kitchen table with a cozy blanket.
Meditation can happen in your car, when you’ve parked and arrived at your destination (I hear you busy folks saying…I can barely make it to work on time. Schedule the earlier departure).
Meditation can happen when you’re lying in the bathtub.
Meditation can happen for 5 minutes at your desk, in your office or cubicle.
Meditation can happen when you’re moving too. Not all meditations styles are the same. Check out 5 Myths About Meditation here.
Meditation can happen when you’re comfortable in a chair, on a sofa, in bed (with or without pillows).
It can happen in a park, and in a forest, and while sitting in the sand at the beach.
And if you work in a hospital, meditation can happen in the hospital’s chapel on your break. Or the local church.
There need not be any big huge effort to create a physical space, if such a thing has become a barrier.
Don’t get me wrong, space is important. But what is the most important is to prepare yourself to be IN THAT SPACE of tranquility, and ease.
I want people to see how versatile meditation is, and the purpose of meditation is to achieve a heightened state of relaxation in the body, and the mind. And remember to turn your attention to the breath.