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Creating and Supplying your Meditation Area
Supplies for meditation can run from the very basic cushion for sitting to a whole plethora of items. I will tell you about some of the items I use and where I sit for meditation.
Private place. This is where your creativity can come into play. When I first began meditation I had a room divider screen on hand and it proved an ideal way to create private space. I used a corner of my bedroom and angled the screen across the 2 walls from the corner, creating a triangular space.
Now I use a section of the attic, which has the advantage of being quiet and private. I laid a piece of carpet over the floor boards, and I set my cushion on top.
Do you live is a warm climate year round or part of the year? Then an outdoor meditation bench is ideal; the sounds of nature can be peaceful and soothing.
Cushion or pillow. This includes a small firm pillow to place on the floor over a carpet, rug or blanket. I recommend using some sort of layering under the cushion so your lower legs or feet do not get scuffed or cold from a bare surface such a stone or linoleum. Wood surfaces are okay as they are warmer to the touch.
The cushion supports an upright sitting position as it keeps you tilted slightly forward. Just remember it is important to feel your spine stretched up straight, like it is being pulled up by a string.
Meditation table, shelf or altar. If you like meditation objects around you, you'll need something to lay them on. Depending on available space a small shelf attached to the wall or small table can be used. Consider what you'd like on your table when positioning the height.
Do you want to see your objects at eye level when sitting? In my attic meditation space I use a sturdy upturned carton covered with a cotton cloth; that's the right height for me.
Items for the altar. Here's a list of choices that might appeal to you: On the top I include a center candle, incense and holder (matches under the table), flowers, small inspiring book, a mala, a large crystal and picture of a yantra. Sitting on the floor alongside the altar I lay a journal for writing insights and more reading material which I use before meditating.
Personal dress. I find it helps me get into a reflective mood to prepare myself for meditation. I bought a set of yoga whites which are baggy pants and a long loose shirt; both in white cotton. I keep them clean and just for meditation and hatha poses.
You need to be comfortable when sitting so consider loose clothing and perhaps wearing socks. I also drape my shoulders with a light shawl, or blanket, as my body cools down during meditation.
Article by Susan Helene Kramer
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