In my round up on meditation this month, following is a list of resources that I lean on for my practice. My practice is grounded in going inward, not one particular meditation technique. I find that I get something different from meditation each day with each tool and resource that I rely on. So here is my list of resources, in no particular order. Please share your resources in the comments below. My wish is that each of us find a meditation that resonates so much that we want to come back for more.
Creating a sacred space for your meditation practice serves as a beautiful reminder to mediate. This space can also be used for reading, quiet time, coffee/tea break, digging deep. It will serve as a reminder to slow down when you come to your space.
For me, the room I gravitate towards is our living room. Given the layout of our home, it is not a private space. But it is simply beautiful in the mornings when I typically meditate. I can catch the sky at sunrise through the trees and the gentle sound of the chimes, low and deep, are soothing on a breezy morning. The chair envelopes me and forces me into a straight back, something I am always working on. There are times when I will pop the pillows on the floor and mix it up a bit. I will pull the table toward me and place my meditation tray on the table, light a candle and settle in. When the weather permits, I bring my tray outside to the back deck or into the garden. The days in the garden are truly a time of connection for me. If the house if full of sleepy kids piled up on the couches and floor, I simply make sure to bring my tray upstairs the night before so that I can keep my routine without disturbing the teens. Thus, my portable meditation tray makes up my sacred space.
As you create your sacred space, find a corner, nook, cranny or a beautiful tray to gather your items. For me, the number one item is a candle. Lighting the candle invokes the intention to settle in and get quiet. You may want to ring a chime, read a poem or do some yoga prior to mediating. The key is to create a ritual that calls you inward. Here are a few other things to gather.
Start with what you have around your house. When you are out and about, you will find things that call to you. This should not be a financial drain or a cluttered area as you set up your sacred spot. And if you need inspiration, Pinterest has plenty when you type in “sacred space”. You should be able to sit in your space and feel supported, loved and focused on you. Enjoy your space and connect to your soul.