Creating a space for your daily meditation practice conditions your mind to relax and begin the process of meditation. In time, just sitting in your meditating space will immediately relax you.
Your meditation space can be a separate room or small area in your house where you can sit with your eyes closed.
Choose a clean, quiet place away from all distractions where you can sit on a chair or on the floor. If you use a chair, choose one that allows you to keep your back as straight as possible. If you sit on the floor, you may want to lean your back against something so that you can keep your back straight. If you are too sick or weak to sit up , you can lie on your bed, but sit as soon as you are able.
You will need a shelf, table or surface of some kind. Place any, or all, of the following items on the surface that you choose.
· A plant or flowers
· A candle
· A picture of someone who inspires you
· A picture of yourself
· A rock or some other object from a place in nature that you enjoy
· Anything you want that makes you feel good or that you feel the urge to use
Let your intuition guide you. Be patient and wait until you get a strong urge to add something. When you get the urge follow it.
When it comes to meditating, one of the biggest mistakes people make is to give up before reaping the benefits. “Meditation doesn’t bring immediate gratification” like most people think it will. Like going to a gym, you need to build muscle by practicing.” I have these three tips to anyone beginning meditation:
1. Remember that the point of meditation is not to stop the mind. The point of meditation is to be present, to cultivate awareness.
2. Stop looking for results. Let go of the judging mind and just do it.
3. Stick with it. Keep going, even if it’s not fun or seems boring. If you miss a day, don’t be discouraged
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