How do you feel about meditation?
Dedicated yogi or not, one of the most valuable things you can do for yourself (in my opinion) is develop a regular meditation practice.
I’ve meditated on and off for years, but recently, I’ve been more consistent than ever. I would like to attribute this consistency to my newly created meditation space. It’s in my closet.
My apartment is blessed with closets that are on the larger side. One day, I was in the closet upstairs, looking for something, and while I was in there, I couldn’t help but notice how roomy it was. The closet doesn’t hold many items. There are a few boxes on the shelves, but the floor space is clear.
As I was noticing how roomy it was, I suddenly had a brilliant idea: I should turn this into a meditation room. So, I immediately ran downstairs to grab some blankets and cushions. I found a sleeping back, a Mickey Mouse blanket, and an extra sofa pillow from a couch we no longer own. Gathering up my bounty, I made my way back upstairs and began transforming the closet space into what is now my meditation room.
I love this space. After using up what I could find at home (creating a little table in the corner) I decided to go out and buy just a few things to make the space feel complete. I purchased a tapestry, an additional blanket, and some candles.
How my meditation space affects my practice.
Since creating my little space, there are a couple differences I notice in my practice.
1.) Focusing on my practice is a lot easier without the openness of the rest of my apartment to distract me. It’s cozier, and it keeps my cuddle-loving puppies out of my space while I’m meditating.
2.) I look forward to meditation more than I have previously. There’s something about having my own little private retreat that makes it more… luxurious!
I think that, especially for beginners, having a confined space like this in which to meditate can really help with developing the practice. As someone who is easily distracted, I know how valuable it can be to shut out the rest of the world during meditation.
What do you think?
Do you have a meditation practice? How about a special space for your meditation? Do you think having a designated meditation space would be helpful for you?