By Faye Martins
Everyone has a predominate sense that overrides the other senses in strength. Some of us are highly visual and respond the most to visual stimuli while others are very much in touch with how things feel and are sensitive to textures and materials within a room. Some people rely heavily on their hearing and are mostly auditory thinkers and others are impacted strongly by what they smell. Meditation is about disconnecting from the mind and thinking and often this leads to reduced sensory perception but ironically one of the best ways to achieve a meditative state is through the physical body and senses themselves.
Many forms of meditation can be done essentially anywhere; on a train or bus, in the office during a lunch break; basically any block of free time can be devoted to quiet rumination but for most people the bulk of their meditation practice will be done within the home and so it can prove beneficial to create a space that is perfect for meditation in one’s own home. Typically it’s very helpful to remove media devices from the meditation space such as televisions. If there is no other place for the television, covering it while meditating works as well.
Some individuals will want a space that reflects the purpose of the area with visual signals. Serene pictures can be put on the walls if that is helpful for getting into a relaxed state. A cushion is important for performing various sitting postures and a chair can be helpful as well so at the very least those items should be a part of the design of the room. Incense burners are excellent for those who respond well to scents and a stereo can be used to play sounds for auditory individuals; this is especially beneficial for those who live in the city where noise pollution is common.
A meditation space should ideally be located away from the phone and other distractions. For those with children, the meditation space should ideally have a door; not to keep the children out necessarily but more as a visual reminder for the children that you are doing something that should not be interrupted.
Another option is to meditate at a Yoga studio or ashram. Yoga is a wonderful companion to meditation at home. Yoga practice really brings out the finer benefits of meditation practice as one learns to live in complete harmony with his or her surroundings.
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