A (Corner in Your) Room of Your Own
Meditation need not cost you an instructor's fee. Try these tips for creating your very own meditation spot.
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Practice makes…you better. Once you have a couple of intro classes under your cushion, you’re all set to take matters into your own hands. (But don’t run off too far. Meditation is about learning. Treat your practice to a class or two a week.) Mediation has the greatest effects when practiced on a daily basis, sometimes more than once a day, but wouldn’t it be great if you didn’t have to travel? You don’t!
Ethan Nichtern, a Shambhala Buddhist teacher, shares his insight on creating a meditation space in your very own apartment that you can call your own.
If you want to sit on the floor, you can use yoga blocks or meditation cushions or just cushions or pillows from your apt, if they're comfy. Or a chair if there are knee or back issues. Make a set space in the home that is the "practice" spot. The place should be kept neat, not as any kind of sacred thing, but just as a reminder of the place you practice and so it's worthy of respect. Candles are nice because it gives the session a tiny bit of form and ritual, beginning and end, entering and exiting the practice. A picture of someone who inspires you to work with your mind is also a good reminder. A kitchen timer is better than a clock so you don't have to check the time.
For more information on Ethan’s teachings and classes, go to betherigden.com