In these trying times, it seems effortless to have a chaotic mind. After all, you see or hear about the pandemic everywhere. Even if you are a naturally optimistic individual, you may slip up sometimes and be unable to keep yourself from worrying about what may happen tomorrow.
As I consult my friends about it, a few of them have suggested that I start meditating. I admittedly thought that they were trying to pull my leg, but they insisted that the activity helped them countless times. When I asked how to do it, I had been advised to make my house meditation-friendly first.
Clear The Furniture In Your Meditation Area
The most practical course of action is to pick a room at home for meditation purposes. It can be your bedroom, veranda, porch, or even the living room. Then, once the choice is made, you should clear the furniture in a specific area in any of those rooms.
Doing so ensures that you have enough space to sit down and meditate comfortably. Even if it is only several square feet, it should be fine. Besides, staring at the furniture may distract and prevent you from being in Zen mode.
Turn Off All Gadgets
iPads, smartphones, laptops, and computers are well-known sources of distraction for people who want to try meditation for the first time. Turning off the WiFi on such devices to prevent social media notifications from disturbing the peace does not always suffice. After all, texts and calls can still come in and tempt you to move away from your spot.
The only way to make your home meditation-friendly is by turning off every gadget you own. For extra measure, you can hide every electronic device deep in your closet or lock them safely in a cabinet. That guarantees that your concentration will not be broken.
Play Calming Music All Over The Place
Folks have different ways of getting into the meditative mode. Some merely need to sit on a mat and face the sun; others like to meditate in a dark room, lit by nothing but scented candles. But for the majority, calming music is everything.
Assuming you agree with the majority, you may download instrumental songs and play them right before meditating. It will start putting your mind at ease and prepare you for your spiritual journey ahead. Furthermore, it may be able to mask external noises that may disrupt the room’s tranquility.
Ask Your Housemates To Stay Quiet Before Meditating
Whether you are a parent of young kids or have friends as housemates, there may rarely be a quiet time at home. Both children and adults can be the same, in the sense that they love chatting and staying awake for as long as possible. Hence, finding a window for meditation may not be a walk in the park.
If you are bent on meditating amid a pandemic, you should know that there is no harm in asking nicely. Inform your housemates about your goal to meditate at a particular hour and request for them to avoid making noises then. Meditations do not typically take longer than 30 minutes, so it should not strain their lives.
It seems crazy how following the tips above have altered my life for the better. I have never seen myself as the meditating type, but I have pulled it off. It has never occurred to me that I can stay still for longer than five minutes, but impossible things become possible when you set your heart to it.
I will undoubtedly continue practicing meditation even after the pandemic is over, and so should you. Cheers to a zen life!