When I was still working, I would come home tired and overwhelmed by the over-stimulation of people, phones, and lots of noise. Being an introvert, I recharge myself with times of silence. Several decades ago I took a weekend seminar on how to meditate. The first necessity is a quiet place where you can sit and center yourself. That doesn’t mean you have to build a new room onto your home. We’re not all Oprah with loads of dough. A chair in a corner with the right sensory environment is all you need to take a few moments to clear your mind. You can even try this outdoors. Here are a few tips for creating a calm space for meditation and prayer.
Block out background noise
In order to clear your mind and come to the quiet, you need to try and block out background noise. If this is difficult in your house, or you live on a busy street, you could invest in some noise-canceling headphones. Different sounds can promote different moods. Nature sounds like birds or rainfall might help. Some people like to have soft instrumental music in the background. You could alternatively listen to guided meditation tracks to help you. Listening to calming instructions on tape can be very effective. If you’re hard of hearing, you can still benefit from guided meditation with the help of the best hearing aid styles. Speak to your doctor about your options.
Add calming scents
As well as the combination of the right sounds, aromatherapy will also help encourage deeper meditation. Consider what smells good to you. Besides your favorite food cooking, you could burn a candle or get a diffuser with essential oils. There are several herbal remedies that are associated with calm. These include frankincense, sandalwood, lavender, and sage. Here is a quick guide on how to meditate with essential oils. You could also get a plant or flowers for your meditation space. The natural scents will help you relax and act as a self-care reminder. I can tell you when I walk by my little rosemary bush by my front porch, I have to touch it so I can carry the rosemary scent on my hands.
Cozy furnishings and textures
Texture is also important if you want to create a refuge. You could invest in a mat or comfy cushions for your meditation sessions. You can then store these away when you’ve finished. Wrap yourself in a comfortable blanket if the weather is cold. This way it’ll be easy to set up a temporary meditation space that won’t get in the way of your everyday activities. Consider the colors in the area. Cool colors can be both soothing and energizing while colors found in nature can be very grounding and peaceful. Think about places that have made you feel comfortable in the past and try to infuse some of that into your current space. You could even put up something as simple as a photograph of the people who make you feel comfortable so you can remember them every time you look at it. Below is the framed quote I love. The frame was a birthday present from a creative friend. She used jewelry I gave her from my family : mother, grandmother, sister, and my sister’s mother-in-law as well as from me.
Work with natural light
It’s said that lighting affects your mood. Natural light can help to create a calm environment. You could choose the time of day to meditate according to the natural light in your home. Sit by a window during a warm sunrise or sunset, and let the calming rays wash over you. If you aren’t able to work with natural light, avoid bright or harsh lighting as this may make it more difficult to relax.
Embrace the outdoors
Another possibility entirely is to take your meditation outdoors. You can create a calm space in your backyard or even head to an area of natural beauty near you. There are many benefits of meditating in nature. It’s the perfect way to focus on inner peace as you take in the sights, sounds, and smells. Getting in touch with nature will also give you a new perspective on life. You’ll return feeling relaxed and rejuvenated.
Wherever you create your space, meditating is one of the most effective stress relieving activities. I’m wishing you times of peaceful, calm to center yourself.
This is a collaborative post but all opinions are my own.
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