Friday, April 27, 2012

How to Create a Quiet Meditation Space in Your Apartment

How to Create a Quiet Meditation Space in Your Apartment:
Cities are often, by nature, noisy places. If your apartment is downtown, or even in a slower-paced urban neighborhood, chances are good that you hear a fair bit of noise outside. Add to that paper-thin walls, footsteps from the apartment above and even a roomie who can't live without the TV on, and you've got yourself a recipe for a pretty loud and distracting environment that isn't really conducive to quiet reflection or meditation. So what's a person yearning for a little peace and quiet to do? Create a space that works to maximize all the essentials necessary to focus on attaining all the inner peace, balance, and quiet you could want or need. Here are some tips to get you started.
Make it private. If you live in a small space, it's unlikely that you will be able to dedicate an entire room to meditation. Instead, use a screen or a sheet to close off a small section of your home, give you some privacy, and minimize distractions.
Make it quiet or create your own noise. Loud noises can be disruptive, so choose a location away from the street side of your home, and add a small speaker system so that you can listen to meditation or nature sounds instead of the roar of traffic or arguing neighbors.
Choose calming colors. Your meditation space should have a calming, relaxing feeling, so choose colors to decorate with that reflect that. These choices are highly personal, as some find warm colors like reds and yellows to be calming while others would prefer cool blues and greens.
Get comfortable. A key element of any meditation or reflection space is comfort. You want to be able to sit there for quite some time. Add pillows, mats, or even a  chair that affords you the comfort you need to practice mindful thinking.
Clear out clutter. Just like you should clear out the clutter in your mind, clearing out the clutter in your meditation space is essential. Keep things very simple, clean, and free from extraneous distractions.
Bring in things you love. One of the easiest ways to make a space feel positive is to introduce objects that you love or that make you feel good. Add a few of these to your own space.
Consider smell. Scent is a stronger and more powerful sense than we often give it credit for being. For some, incense, candles, or even just some essential oils will help set the mood for meditation.

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