SET UP A MEDITATION SPACE
The act of "creating space" for your meditation practice, (literally,) allows you to more easily fit the habit into your life. Consider dedicating a small corner, nook or space in your home to your meditation practice. You will soon find that this special little corner of the universe becomes a magical place and your favorite place to be!
HOW TO SET UP A MEDITATION SPACE
1. Find a corner in a "quiet" space in your home. This is where you will practice your meditation on a regular basis. This will become a sacred space, and a space that is just for you. It is your little retreat to in times of need. This space does not have to be big and could be pretty much anywhere.
It should be comfortable
It must be relaxing to you
The space should be welcoming and inviting to you!
It needs to be easily accessible
2. Get a cushion or pillow you can sit on comfortably. Personally, I like to use a bolster pillow that I purchased from Yoga Accessories. You can find many other options for cushions, or use a blanket or chair!
3. Use a window ledge, small table, or upside down crate as your "meditation altar." You will use this place to set your adornments, books and your mala beads. This is just a place to set these inspirational items, and where you will place your gaze gently during meditation
4. Choose some beautiful and inspiring adornments to add to your meditation table. Think about appealing to your senses. Candles, crystals, a motivational image, essential oils, incense, or maybe even a Budda statue if you are into that! You can use beautiful items from nature, like seashells from your last trip to the beach. Plants are also great, they clean the air and raise the energetic vibration.
5. A special place for to set your mala when you aren't wearing it, such as a wooden box or silk bag. Or if you love to look at your mala, leave it draped on your meditation table!
6. A book on meditation, I recommend Journey Into The Heart By Melody Beattie. This book is wonderful because it offers daily meditations, or you can just flip to any page. The book is inspirational and encouraging.
7. A journal and pen to write down your musings, thoughts and feelings. (This is, of course, totally optional! Not everybody is into journaling.) This is a personal practice, and there isn't a right or wrong way to do it. So find the way that works best for you!
8. A timer is a great thing to have nearby, if you are doing timed meditations. Make sure it is one that one distract you. This should be a phone free zone! Unless you are using a meditation app, such as Simple Habit, which offers free guided meditations offered by various teachers. I like this app because you can choose a theme of your meditation, such as Improve Focus, Relaxation, Grief Meditation, or Drift To Sleep.