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How to Set Up a Home Meditation Retreat
Anyone will benefit from reduced stress and anxiety, better sleep, improved concentration and overall happiness. All these and more can be achieved through meditation, a technique that has been around for centuries. This ancient practice is also easily accessible in the comfort of your own home – no need for a trip to the yoga studio. Below are some simple tips to transform your house into a serene place for meditative bliss.
SETTING UP INTENTIONS/GOALS
Sitting down and clearing your mind of distractions for several minutes may be easier said than done, but there are plenty of online resources to reference if you are new to the process. Many apps and websites offer pre-recorded, guided videos that can range from a three-minute practice to sessions a few hours long. Start with simple exercises and explore more as you get comfortable with meditation.
Before you begin, it may help to write down your intentions and goals. Think about what you would like to achieve in your wellness plan. Is it to recharge your batteries, a New Year’s resolution or to achieve some quiet moments in your busy schedule?
Invest in a notebook and create a journal to help you plan and keep track of your progress and thoughts.
Set aside time for meditation. Better yet, commit to a regular routine, a few times a week if possible. Schedule a time when you can be alone and disconnected from your devices. Planning your exercises in advance also helps.
There is no ‘right time’ to meditate. Whether it is the last thing in the evening to ensure a good night’s sleep, or the activity that starts your day, just do what feels best for you.
FINDING A SPACE
Dedicate an area of your home that is empty of clutter and make this space your DIY retreat. Add objects such as candles, lamps and flowers to help you enter a meditative frame of mind. Lighted candles are a good aid for meditation. Choose your favourite and use it solely during your practice. The scent will eventually trigger an association, helping you ease into a meditative state.
Turn off electronic devices such as your mobile phone, computer and TV – you may like to put them in a different room. Noise-cancelling earphones are also an option. If you are not using an app for the guided session, try listening to soothing sounds of the rain, waves crashing or birds calling in nature.
Sitting still for long periods of time may cause your body to ache. Choose a seat that will give you adequate support such as a cushion or chair, or simply lie down on a yoga mat. Add some extra comfort with a blanket. If you need to block out the light, try using a sleeping mask.
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