Tuesday, February 3, 2015
There's a variety of ways to meditate, but they all have the same basic benefits. Meditation can sharpen the mind, relieve anxiety, and improve your oxygen uptake by way of mindful breathing. It has physical benefits too -- it is said to lower blood pressure and decrease tension-related pain, like headaches.
In today's fast-paced way of life, it's important to have some time to yourself to clear your mind. Here’s how to create space for contemplation in your own home in six easy steps:
1. Locate the best spot.
Look for a secluded room or a spot in your home well away from high-traffic and noisy places. Choose an area that's fairly spacious, airy, well-lit, and preferably with a pleasant view of the outside. You can opt to meditate outdoors, as well, in a garden -- nature has been proven conducive to meditation.
Meditation is all about clearing the mind. As such, your physical surroundings should reflect this. Keep the space bare and tidy. Clear it of anything that can prove distracting, like electronic devices.
3. Make it comfy.
Place a cushion, a mat, a rug, or some throw pillows on the floor to make it comfy to sit on. You should feel at ease and tension-free, physically and mentally, in your meditation space.
Whilst keeping the space minimalist, throw in some decor, nonetheless: for instance, one can invoke the four elements by using crystals, flowers, or rocks to signify earth; incense or wind chimes to signify air; a candle to signify fire; and water or a fragrant oil in a decorative bowl to signify water.
5. Make use of aromatic scents.
Use essential oils, incense, or scented candles to bring you into the mood for meditation. Opt for soothing, calming scents.
6. Play meditation music.
The only electronic that you should make an exception for in your meditation space is a music player. To aid in relaxing or focusing the mind, you can play music suitable for meditation. Keep it within an appropriate volume.