Meditation for Relaxation—Creating a Quiet Place

  1. Choose a room, corner, or alcove that is quiet, private, comfortable, and not too dark or too light. If you are just designating part of an area as your mediation space, use screens or objects to separate your special place from the rest of the room.
  2. Get rid of all clutter, and fill your mediation space with different tools that help you to relax and concentrate. Candles, incense, and aromatherapy sprays and oils help to create a calm, peaceful atmosphere. Include a CD player or TV if you’re going to listen to music or follow along to instructional CDs and DVDs.
  3. Make your meditation space feel unique and sacred by placing special objects such as pictures, icons, and books on a table with a cloth draped over it. Remember, too many objects will add clutter and distract from your purpose.

  • Place a chair, cushion, or exercise mat in your meditation zone. Think about comfort when you choose what to sit on. The goal is to feel open and free while maintaining an erect sitting posture that doesn’t strain your back.
  • Make sure that everyone you share your home with honors your special space and knows your mediation schedule. A note on the door will remind them that you do not want to be disturbed.
  • Now that your quiet place is ready, it’s time to meditate. Put on breathable, comfortable clothes, and set the ambiance by putting on music, lighting your candles, etc. Choose the technique that’s right for you, and meditate for 20 to 30 minutes every day. To get the most out of your meditation, practice your routine before going to bed.

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