Create a Sacred Space in Your Home For Yourself and Your Guided Meditations
A great way to enhance your guided meditation experiences is to create a relaxing atmosphere in the place where you intend to listen to it.
Light a candle or three. Burn a little incense. Select a special pillow to sit on and blanket to wrap up in. Or lay out a mat that is cushioned with a your favorite blankie if you prefer to lay down. pick a special chair if you prefer to sit but have back problems. Play some meditation music. Dim the lights. Goodness…I’m starting to feel relaxed just writing about it! Here are my tips for creating a sacred space and preparing for your meditation.
- Select a place and time where you are least likely to be disturbed for an hour.
- Choose a few items for practicing meditation: An orchid, small house plant or a vase of flowers of different colors, a white candle and candle holder, an incense or natural essential oil such as sandalwood, rose, jasmine, patchouli or other scent you are most drawn to and a diffuser or incense holder.
- A desk and a chair or a meditation pillow and a low table.
- Place the candle in front of the orchid, plant or flowers. Set the incense in front of the candle or if you chose an essential oil diffuser, set it off to one side.
- Choose a piece of music to play in the background to set the mood, something that places you in a calming, soothing state. Set up a player or use an mp3 player with headphones.
- Wear loose fitting comfortable clothes that put you in a state of relaxed awareness. Some people prefer traditional garb: a longish tunic and loose pants. That’s what I prefer to meditate in. Use the same set of clothes every day to meditate in. Your repeated practice imbues your clothes with sacred energies.
- You may practice meditation sitting cross-legged on your pillow or sitting in a chair.
- If you choose to practice in a sitting position in a chair, use the following position. Choose a chair that allows you to place both feet flat on the floor. Hands resting palms up in your lap, one overlapping the other as if you were cupping a ball (the most common meditation position), or place hands flat on knees, either palms up or palms down.
- If you practice in a reclining position, lay to one side, lie with legs stacked and one knee bent slightly more than the other and place your hand on your belly to stabilize your breath awareness. You may also practice lying on your back, by drawing one knee up and letting one leg drop to one side. Place your hands folded over the center upper part of your body. There are many other reclining positions, but these two I find the easiest to implement for beginners.
- At all times throughout your meditation, when your mind is not engaged in your guided meditation journey, practice affirmations or contemplations.
- Keep your attention focused on the center of your forehead or in your heart area and focus on your breathing.
- Temperature in the room where you meditate should be somewhere between 68 and 78 degrees. Too hot or too cold and you may have difficulty concentrating on your practice.
- As you deepen your practice, you may find you need a robe or cloak to maintain your body’s temperature and from getting too cold. I prefer one with a hood. Select something that feels comfortable to you and soft against your skin. Too harsh of a material and you may be too focused on the scratchiness of the material and not on your practice.
- If in a reclining position while meditating, place your head to the north and your feet to the south if possible, aligning with the energy of the earth. Surprisingly people who align their bodies north to south are less likely to fall asleep when practicing meditation.
If you like the idea of creating your own special sanctuary for meditation, please read this article here on preparing a sacred space for yourself.
Also, don’t forget to check out my Guided Meditation Program: Awaken the Goddess Within, you’ll be amazed at the transformation you’ll experience from listening to this program.