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From Stressed to Blessed: 5 Simple Steps to Learn Meditation by Cynthia Chase is a beginner’s guide to centering yourself and setting the tone for proper meditation.

In the cacophonous chaos of daily life, carving out space for stillness can feel like a hard-won luxury. But the benefits of meditation—stress reduction, improved focus, and heightened self-awareness—are anything but indulgent. And while the practice itself is key, the environment you create to support it can make a world of difference.

Think of your meditation space as a sanctuary, a haven for inner exploration, setting the tone for your eventual epiphanies and absolute peace. Here, distractions disappear in a flash, and your mind is settled into the present moment. Building this haven requires intentionality, a blend of sensory and practical elements that cater to your unique needs.

Preparing Your Space for Meditation

The first thing you need to consider is location and space. 

  • Consider quietude. Find a quiet corner of your home: a room that’s far away from the daily traffic and noise of the household. If you can’t avoid noise at all, consider buying a white noise machine or investing in a good pair of earplugs. 
  • While sunlight is often associated with energy and serenity, direct exposure might be distracting. Try to diffuse the light through the installation of sheer curtains–or, if you live in such a place, find a room where the light enters through the ceiling.
  • Always aim for a comfortable temperature, not too hot nor too cold, but something in between that your body can easily adjust to.
  • Make sure the area you are going to meditate in is decluttered. Remove anything that might visually, physically, or mentally distract you. Perhaps look for a space that has a calm atmosphere. Always opt for clean and crisp lines and simple furnishings.
  • Take your meditation space as a blank canvas and place whatever elements that will help you settle your mind and help you focus. Add photographs, plants, or whatever, as long as they do not overstimulate you.
  • When setting the tone for your meditation space, always approach with the idea that your goal is peace.

The second thing you need to consider is your senses.

  • Let your eyes rest within the space. This means avoiding harsh and stimulating colors. A good suggestion would be to go with cool and calming colors like blue, green, or cream. Choose colors that make you feel tranquil and at peace with yourself.
  • When choosing the lighting, go for warm and dim. Go for light that splashes softly on the wall, creating an intimate coziness for you to relax in.
  • If you have a green thumb, incorporating natural elements like plants, flowers, and stones can be a wonderful focus and a marvelous approach to design.
  • As for the sounds, follow your preferences. Go with what makes you calm and collected. For plenty of people, silence is important, but for others, good ambient noise helps to settle in. Experiment if you’re not sure! An open window might help you ground yourself, especially if you live beside some trees.
  • As for the smell, follow your preferences. While sound can help in setting the tone, smell is a heavy influence on whether you can get relaxed or not. So always prepare things to ease your nostrils, like essential oils or incense.
  • Find a way to seat yourself comfortably, maybe a chair, a bean bag, or a yoga mat. Find something that helps you to stay in position for long periods of time. 
  • If you’re given the choice, always go for soft textures. Ready blankets, pillows, and more to help you get cozy, comfortable, and secure.

Setting the Tone

Remember, the perfect meditation atmosphere is subjective and unique to you. Experiment with different elements and find what works best for your own inner journey. The key is setting the tone that helps you cultivate your sanctuary.

  • Consider ways to help control temperature, like a fan or an air conditioner (especially if you live in warmer areas).
  • Make your space as easily accessible as possible.
  • Maintain a clean and tidy space to avoid distracting clutter.

May your journey be filled with stillness, clarity, and profound peace. From Stressed to Blessed: 5 Simple Steps to Learn Meditation by Cynthia D. Chase is available in all major online bookstores.

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