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Your Meditation Table
Here are some ideas for selecting a spot and setting up your meditation table. You can include several or just one item that appeals to you. One of the factors determining what you can include is the space available.
Right now I'll suggest that if you want to include everything that you set some items on the sides of your table. This should work out well because a meditation table is usually placed a foot off the ground so that candle light is right in front of your eyes if you are sitting on the floor meditating.
But the meditation table can be at any height you choose. Its purpose is manifold: to hold your supplies for meditating such as your mala or rosary, meditation journal, small inspiring book of poetry or prayers, a folded shawl, matches or lighter; you get the idea.
Some people who are using multipurpose space set up their meditation altar on a bookshelf in the study, bedroom or living room. Then you have multiple heights to choose from.
In the past I set up my meditation altar on the top of my dresser in the bedroom. Then I could sit on my mattress facing the altar to meditate.
Another space I've taken advantage of is a window sill. And I have a special story to share about that: I lived in a house at Yogaville, Virginia, for a year and had an altar set up on a wide window sill of an east facing window.
Whenever I'd like the candle sitting on the sill and sit in front of it to meditate a beautiful rainbow would form about 3 inches out from the candle flame in the shape of a circle. This was not one-dimensional. From whatever angle I looked at the candle the rainbow was evident. (Any ideas on this from my readers? It's the only place I have had this experience.)
The benefit of including a meditation table or altar in your bedroom is this may be one of the only places you can have privacy.
What I did with another bedroom meditation is set it in the far corner of the room, place a cushion on the floor in front of it, and a folding screen behind me. This gave me some privacy that felt like my own meditation cave. That setup worked until the location was replaced by the crib for a new baby.
You can see by the ideas I've shared that there are places in your home you may not have thought could serve your meditation time.
Now, for items to include, here is my full choice, and depending where I'm living I choose from this list: a center candle with matches kept under the table; a small bowl for cones of incense, (my favorite smell is sandalwood); photos of saints; sacred objects; prayer book, mala or rosary; vase of roses or a single rose. At the side I like a book of inspirations, meditation journal and pen, and a shawl.
Have fun choosing your place or places to meditate, and the objects that support your meditation time.
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