Sitting down in peace and quiet can be very difficult. This day in age, people are constantly preoccupied with so many other distractions such as phones, computers and televisions that it is easy to forget what it’s like to simply sit and be in your own company. When you choose to start a meditation practice, whether it be to relax, to reconnect yourself with your breath, or to connect with higher dimensions, it is important to first create the space so that your practice can be as nourishing and beneficial as possible. Here are a few tips, some of which seem obvious but are still important nonetheless, to void your space of distractions in order to enjoy your practice in peace.
- Choose a room which you use less often than others. Typically, a room which gets used less will be quieter and automatically have a minimal amount of distraction. Think of using rooms like the dining room, the living room which nobody is allowed to go in unless you have company, or a spare bedroom.
- Turn off all electronics. This includes the TV and your phone and any other pieces of equipment that can possibly cause distraction. These items must be turned completely off. When they are on, even if they are silenced, it creates a space for anxiety to enter the mind. In addition, the electromagnetic field distributed by technology while functioning makes it very hard to relax. When the technology is off, you are affirming to your higher intelligence that you are ready to sit, relax, and meditate with no distractions. If you choose, you may have gentle music playing in the opposite side of the room.
- Set up a small timer on the opposite side of the room if you want to meditate for a specific amount of time or if you are in a time crunch. Preferably, the notice sound of the alarm will not be too violent – perhaps some nice bell sounds. Having a timer grounds you and reassures you that you can go as deep into your meditation as you want without having to worry about getting to your next engagement on time.
- The room should be dimly lit. This will help direct your attention and focus inwards, rather than into the room in which you are sitting.
- Get comfortable. This is by far the most important step. A few minutes into a meditation practice, the mind calms and begins to become aware of all of the distractions and aches and pains in the body. Sitting on a cushion for many people is still uncomfortable. In this case, sit comfortably in an upright chair (folding chairs work well) with the soles of your feet on the ground. Have a blanket nearby in case you get chilly.
Remember: meditation is not something you do. Meditation is a state of being, of dwelling in the here and now with each breath. If you get distracted, softly acknowledge the distraction and then return to simply breathing. Soon you will have a thriving meditation practice which you look forward to every day to help you relax, renew and reconnect!