Location, Location, Location.
In the past, I’ve written about surprising meditation methods, but this week’s focus will be location.
What is the best place to meditate?
The possibilities are endless, but you'll get the best out of your practice when you choose a place where you feel comfortable and able to let loose- a distraction-free zone.
If you have difficulty turning your thoughts off, you might want to choose a nice quiet spot to meditate. Some people choose their bedroom because there are typically less interruptions in this space.
If your bedroom brings you to a peaceful state of mind, this is a fantastic spot for you. Just make sure you have the lighting to your liking and the sound at a level that doesn’t cause distractions.
Living in a neighborhood with lots of college students, the noise level for me is typically high. It almost doesn’t matter what time of day I choose to meditate. I could use ear plugs, but I usually choose ear buds with some type of sound that makes me feel at ease. My favorite app for this is Rain Rain, available for free on the iTunes Store.
*I am not associated with Rain Rain or iTunes. I just like the app.
Because there are often times when we need a “take me away” moment at work, this place should also be considered. If you have a private office, this makes things a little easier, but a cubicle might make things problematic.
It all depends on how comfortable you are with letting go in this type of space and if you can handle the view while meditating. With your eyes closed, the view might not be an issue for you, though.
TIP: Your perspective in a room can make a big difference in your state of mind. For instance, one room of my house is set up so that, depending on which wall I am facing, I might be ready to :
Work- This wall features a book case with books relevant to my business or education.
Watch tv- This wall has the television and the media console.
Read- This wall has bookcases with books for entertainment.
Meditate- This wall is blank, with no cracks or other distractions. I find this helps me when I can't seem to shake the Monkey Mind.
Taking a 15-minute break to meditate doesn’t have to be difficult, however, because there is most likely some place at work you feel the most at ease. Find this space and use your ear plugs or ear buds, if necessary.
Your car might also be an option, so you avoid interruptions- as long as you're not trying to meditate while driving.
Just a Thought: If you find your coworkers interrupt your meditation, this might be a great opportunity for an open discussion about meditation at work. Your coworkers might relish the idea of being able to take a few minutes to just breathe. We are all entitled to a break at work, and a meditation break is great for those who don't feel they must have a reason to take a break.
One of my favorites (once the heat has tapered off a bit in Texas) is meditation in nature.
Outdoor meditation can be one of the most beneficial things you can do for yourself. There are many benefits to being in nature, one of which is the connection to nature, which many of us are (and should be) seeking for our spiritual health.
To sum it up, there are many places to meditate. The choice is yours. Just be sure to choose a place where you can really let go.
Thanks for reading.
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