When trying to get started with a home meditation practice, the effort will be much easier if you have a pleasant place to meditate. If you don’t enjoy being in the space where you are sitting, it will be much harder to receive the benefits of your practice. You should, of course, be able to sit quietly and comfortably, which makes it easier to quiet the mind. To make your meditation space even better, here are a few basics that can enhance your sitting practice.
Ideally, your meditation space should be used only for that purpose. If there are other associations with a particular location, whether it’s a home office, study or playroom, it makes it more difficult to remove those connections from your mind.
This does not mean you need to have an entire room dedicated to meditation. Even a corner nook or alcove of a larger room can be used. Depending on the climate where you live, a quiet place in your garden might work. Once your spot is set up and designated as your meditation area, it should be used only for that or a very similar activity, such as the pranayama portion of a yoga practice.
Your home meditation space should have pleasing, calming visual images. While it is common to set up an altar with a statue or picture of a spiritual leader, there are other ways to decorate your space. You could have a vase to keep filled with fresh flowers, an ornamental tapestry or a photograph of a natural setting. Anything you enjoy looking at that helps your mind leave behind the stress and distractions of daily life is a good addition.
Ready to Use
It is also important to have a convenient, easy-to-use meditation spot. Having to slide furniture around or get a meditation cushion from a closet down the hall makes it less likely that you will set aside time for meditating. You should be able to close a door, unroll a mat or slide your zafu out from under a table. Adding a simple ritual such as lighting incense or a candle can help bring you into the proper mindset. These types of steps are often helpful, but needing to rearrange a room is not.
Your meditation spot should support your practice. Being able to physically and mentally separate yourself from other activities makes it more likely that sitting for meditation will quiet the mind and replenish the spirit. You will then find your practice starts to influence how you approach daily events instead of the other way around.