Whenever I hear someone say, “I can’t meditate,” I remind them that if they can breathe, they can indeed meditate.
The benefits of meditation are well proven – less stress, lower anxiety, lower blood pressure, more contentment, more joy – so let’s just say you’re interested in committing to a regular practice. We’re here to help you stick with it, and one way to do that is by creating a dedicated space for quiet time, whether that time lasts for one minute or 30.
Making a meditation space is an easy project you’ll enjoy. Try these 4 steps and you’ll be well on your way to enlightenment.
- Choose a secluded, small space away from electronics and noise.
- Consider a bench or side table with drawers. This will be your “altar” or area that contains items for contemplation.
- Display a few items that are meaningful to you … photos of ancestors or people you admire, fresh flowers, incense, candles, mementos, malas or prayer beads of whatever spiritual path you’re on, inspirational books, cards, or sayings, fresh fruit, etc.
- Keep a cushion, pillow, or chair in the space to comfortably sit on.
None of these steps needs to cost a lot of money, and your space can always change and evolve. But do try carving out a sacred space, and see if your willingness to meditate increases – we think it will. Let us know how it’s going and send us pictures of your space!
Leslie, managing editor