I started meditating in 2007, I originally started meditating to connect to Archangels, Gods, Goddess, Ascended Masters, Spirit Guides, etc. I was separating from my husband during that time as well, I used meditation to help me through our divorce. I would use it to help resolve our conflicts and resentment. Meditation is the most important habit that I have formed on my self-love journey.
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Meditation has so many benefits for your mind, body, and spirit. Meditation helps to keep you stress-free, which in turn reduces aging. Meditation helps you appreciate life more because you are connecting to your most elevated, highest self. Meditation helps you start to find your inner peace, which in turn makes others around you happier. Meditation improves brain function, it helps you have a better nights sleep. Meditation can help you lose weight, you start to become more mindful of the foods you are putting into your body. Meditation increases immunity and helps to fight disease. Meditation reduces feelings of depression, anxiety, and anger. Meditation helped me get through my postpartum depression and is still the most important tool that I use daily. I am far from perfect, but I have come such a long way in my self-love, self-development journey, and I owe it to meditation.
So…I highly recommend that you make meditation a habit too. I am not saying it will be easy, you are going to have your moments of frustration. The great news is that you can start small, and get better over time. That’s why it’s called “practice”!
These tips are not aimed at helping you to become an expert … they should help you get started, and keep going. You don’t have to implement them all at once — try a few, come back to this article, try one or two more.
- Meditate first thing each morning. It’s easy to say, “I’ll meditate every day,” but you’ve got to take the action. Set a “meditate” reminder/alarm to go off an hour before you would normally get up. Make sure you get up out of your bed for your practice. The Miracle Morning: The Not-So-Obvious Secret Guaranteed to Transform Your Life (Before 8AM) This book will help you to establish a morning routine, and one that incorporates meditation.
- Start with two to five minutes of silence. This will seem pretty easy to just meditate for two to five minutes. That’s perfect. Start with just two minutes a day for a week. If that goes well, increase by another two to three minutes and do that for a week. If all goes well, by increasing just a little at a time, you’ll be meditating for 10 minutes a day in the 2nd month, which is amazing!
- Don’t get caught up in the how — just do. Most people worry about where to sit, how to sit, what cushion to use… this is all nice, but it’s not important to get started. If you start in the morning get up, it’s just for two minutes at first anyway. You can also sit in a chair, or on your couch, however, you feel comfortable. If you’re comfortable on the ground, sit cross-legged. Later you can worry about optimizing it so you’ll be comfortable for longer.
- You can meditate anywhere. If you’re traveling or something comes up in the morning, you can meditate on the airplane, or at the airport. You can meditate during your commute. I will often meditate while I walk. Sitting meditation is the best place to start, but in truth, you’re practicing for this kind of mindfulness in your entire life.
- Smile when you’re done. When you’re finished with your two minutes, smile. 😊 Be grateful that you had this time to yourself, that you stuck with your commitment, that you showed yourself that you’re trustworthy, where you took the time to get to know yourself and make friends with yourself. That’s an amazing two minutes of your life.
- Really commit yourself. Don’t just say, “Sure, I’ll try this for a couple days.” Really commit yourself to this. In your mind, be locked in, for at least a month.
- Develop a loving attitude. When you notice thoughts and feelings arising during meditation, as they will, look at them with a friendly attitude. Imagine yourself sitting by the side of the road watching the cars go by. Just sitting peacefully, watching. The cars are your thoughts, just sit comfortably as they pass by.
- Don’t worry too much that you’re doing it wrong. You will worry you’re doing it wrong. That’s OK, we all do. You’re not doing it wrong. There’s no perfect way to do it, just be happy you’re doing it.
- Come back when you wonder. Your mind will wander. This is an almost an absolute certainty. There’s no problem with that. When you notice your mind wandering, smile, and simply gently return to your breath. Count “one” again, and start over. You might feel a little frustration, but it’s perfectly OK to not stay focused, we all do it. This is the practice, and it will take time.
- Count your breaths. Now that you’re settled in, turn your attention to your breath. Just place the attention on your breath as it comes in, and follow it through your nose all the way down to your lungs. Try counting “one” as you take in the first breath, then “two” as you breathe out. Repeat this to the count of 10, then start again at one.
If you want to achieve the maximum benefits of meditation, you should have some sort of space that is your own. Your space should be quiet and somewhere that you can be undisturbed. It can be any room or even a corner of a room. It can be as simple as closing a bedroom door for 5 minutes while you gather your thoughts. It can also be an entirely separate room in your house.
It is important to note that there are no “essentials” for your practice. At the end of the day, all you really need is your mind, body, and spirit. That is the true beauty of your practice. However, many people do like to have a few common items present during meditation to help them feel relaxed and connected.
- Clutter-Free is key. When it comes to your meditation space, be a minimalist. You don’t want to be surrounded by clutter while you are trying to clear your mind. Try to avoid using a room that you do your work in, like your office space. The stuff in that space, paperwork, computer, etc, may remind you of all the work you need to complete.
- Bring in some nature. There is something incredibly relaxing about having plants in your space with you. It will bring a sense of calming into the room as well some fresh, clean air. I currently have a Rubber Plant, a few Snake plants, and a Peace Lily plant in my space. Nasa as stated that these plants purify the air in your home. I don’t only have these plants in my meditation space but I have them all over my home as well as other air purifying plants. But we will save that for another blog.
- Choose good lighting. I personally love to get outside and meditate, as I stated earlier, you can meditate anywhere. I love to pick a spot where the sun comes up so the warmth hits my face during meditation. Since it is currently Fall and not so warm in most places across the US, you will want to pick a space that has a lot of natural lighting. Natural light brings a very calming effect. If at all possible choose a room with a big window or a lot of windows. You can even open the windows during your meditation practice. Add one or two Hymilain Sea Salt Lamps as well as these cute Himalayan Salt Tea Light Holders to my space for soft lighting and energy clearing, which leads me to……
- Clear the energy of the space. Smudge, and clear the energy of your space, while reciting the following Smudging Prayer;
“Into the smoke, I release all energies that no longer serve me, all negativity that surrounds me, all fears that limit me. So it is.”
- Add a few meditation supplies to your space. Focus on your 5 senses when adding supplies to your space. Remember though, as I stated earlier all you really need is your mind, body, and spirit but it is still fun to heighten your senses during your practice.
- Smells can be very powerful on the mind, body, and spirit. Try using an Incense Burner or a Diffuser. Many people opt for Incenses but a Candles can do the job just as good.
- Sounds. Many people use singing bowls or meditations bells or you can listen to some meditation music.
- Sight. A prayer or a meditation statue is a great symbol and reminder of your affirmations and practice. Buddhas and peace harmony statues are popular. Or maybe some yoga statues.
- Touch. Mala Prayer Beads, also known as Buddhist prayer beads, have 108 beads used for keeping count of mantra meditations.
- Taste. Hot tea can be incredibly calming to your system. It has been known to help relax the mind and relieve stress. I personally like to use Yogi Teas.
Thank you so much for taking the time to read my article, I hope you enjoyed it. As always please remember that I am not a doctor or licensed therapist. I am simply sharing my experiences and the things that have helped me along the way. Only constructive feedback welcome and appreciated. Please comment and share your ideas on meditation and meditation rooms, remember it is always nice to share!