I firmly believe that if you want to have a meditation practice you have to create space for it. Both mentally - but also physically. It can be a meditation room, but it can also be a corner in your bedroom or inside your walk-in-closet. Anywhere in your home that you can sit by yourself and get a little peace and quit. Walk around in your home, from room to room, and you'll find a place that will work and that feels energetically right.
I also believe it is important that you create some sort of an altar. This is just a way for you to make space for your meditation, and create a place of gratitude, contemplation, mindfulness and inspiration. You can choose whatever you want to put on your altar. For me personally, I choose statues from the Indian tradition, like Buddha, Ganesha and Shiva and Tibetan prayer flags, bells, singing bowls, incense, crystals, mala beads, a dream catcher, a Himalayan salt lamp, photos of my teachers, a large stack of oracle- and affirmation cards and inspirational books.
Hanging over my altar I also have the Ashtanga Yoga Primary Series poster, two quotes/words of wisdom from His Holiness Dalai Lama and my Shakti Nail Mat. But you can put whatever your love and whatever is important to you on your altar. Framed photos of your family, plants or flowers, rocks you picked on the beach, beautiful items that your love and that sparks joy … it is your altar so you are the Boss! I found a perfect low altar table at Ikea (it's meant for a TV), it takes up little space, it's the right height and it's also great to store yoga blocks and books.
This is where I do my daily morning pranayama practice, my meditation, my home yoga practice and journaling every day. I turn on the salt lamp and twinkle light lantern on, I burn an incense, I put on some music, play my singing bowl and *BOOM* I am in my Zen place. This is for sure my happy place, where I feel calm and centered and happy – and it is a place I want to return to every day.
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