CHOOSING THE RIGHT ENVIRONMENT
As a beginner setting the right environment for meditation is essential. You don’t want the family dog running in and licking your face, whilst your trying to find your Zen. To start, the least amount of distraction the better! I always say, ‘Let your external environment be a reflection of your internal environment’.
Best Time – Choose a time of the day when you will be totally free of distraction. That means no kids, partners, dogs, phones and any other stimulus that may draw your attention away.
BUT, I haven’t got any time?
You create the time for the things most important to you and trust me, the knock on effect to the rest of your day/life will definitely be worthwhile! This is the time for self-growth. I think the best time of the day to meditate is in the morning. When there is a sense of stillness & peace in the air. It’s also an amazing way to start your day, putting you into a really good headspace from the get go.
How do you usually feel when you wake up?
Saying you aren’t a morning person is an excuse that your mind will make to stop you moving towards self-development. This is the lower functioning brain talking! Like anything new you need to grit your teeth at first, repeat to create the habit and then let the good times roll. Set that intention for tomorrow! You’re going to get up 30 minutes early to set the ball rolling.
SET YOUR ALARM NOW – 30 MINUTES EARLIER
Choosing your room – Choose your room wisely! Don’t choose a room that you know may have a chance that people will come in and out of. Get your feng shui on by clearing all of the clutter from the room. Again, let the external be a reflection of what you want to achieve with the internal.
Drop the phone – Mobile devices are our biggest form of distraction in the modern world. How many times do you reach for it on a daily basis! Guess what you are building the habit of distraction, rather than the habit of focus & concentration. Put it on aeroplane mode, so you don’t get any notifications/messages etc, but have it close by as there is a cool tool on there that you can use to aid you in your journey. It may even have subtle effect on you by switching all electrical appliances off, to remove the constant buzzing sound in the background… Just an option…
Temperature – Have the room at a comfortable temperature. I go by feel with this one. However, it has been said that 15-19 degrees celsius is a great temperature. It’s not too hot so you feel all sleepy and not too cold so it distracts you.
Lighting – Preferably remove white light, have softer colours light blue or green. Have it dimmed and not shining straight in your face. You could even go for an even calmer feel with candles being your main source of light. Bright lighting and energetic colours cause distraction.
Equipment – There isn’t much equipment needed. Depending on how you decide to set up your meditation posture in one of the following videos will dictate, what you require (chair, pillows). You will also need your journal and a pen or pencil nearby for some journaling tasks. practice is being used to enhance your life so show it the respect it deserves.
Same spot – Use the same place every time that you meditate. So that you know when you enter this space, it signifies a time to step back and go to work on yourself. Our brains like familiarity and associate certain areas with certain states. When you step into your bedroom, your brain usually feels like it’s time to relax and go to sleep. When you enter your meditation environment you will build a relationship with it over time, feeling instantly calm as you step in there
*Using the tips above setup your area, ready for meditation*