Decorating Your Meditation Room
The practice of Meditation is the practice of controlling ones thoughts and learning to focus. Mastery of your thoughts is key for meditation. You must focus on the subject you are meditating on, love, success, money, happiness, peace etc. Before we can start affective meditation we have to make sure our environment is conducive. You can not think pure thoughts in a dirty, smelly uncleaned room. Or to much noise coming in from other rooms, you are setting your self up for failure and will give up easily because you cannot concentrate, your environment is key for affective meditation.
Decorating Your Environment Decorate a room or space other then your bedroom. If you live in tight quarters and have no extra rooms, then a closet in the hallway that no one is currently using could be used. If all else fells you can find a small space or corner in your home, take special care to ensure their are no TVs, computers or cell phones. You want to start with laying some beautiful flowers all over the room, some singles, and some arrangements created by yourself. You want your walls to have calming colors so if needed a fresh coat of white for purity or blue for subdue and a little yellow for relaxation should be added. Put pleasing pictures on the walls, such as, sunsets, moon rises, oceans, flowers, chakras, anything that is tranquil and soothing. Be sure to have a mat or pillow for comfort.
Burn Incense Scents play a big role in meditation, smelling certain scents induce calming and relaxation and even lifts stress. Smelling scents are also associated with memory enhancement. An important fact about scents, if you can't identify the ingredients in an incense, then you do not want to purchase them. Also your smoke should never be black, it should always be white. Sandalwood is the number one scent used by Buddhist, the aroma is warm, thick and rich, very nectarous and has slight undertones of wood, almost like a good aged red wine. Aloeswood is the second best, really pricey but its worth it, the calming magic of this scent is almost instantaneously. Its produced from an ever green tree and only can be found in unique places like India and Vietnam. The smell of aloeswood refreshes the mind so that concentration will flow immediately. And of course some of our more common scents like Lavender which helps you relax , unwind, clear your mind, body and soul. Violet or Jasmine are very good as well, but they have high levels of sleep inducers, and you don't want to fall asleep during a session. For couples who like to meditate together Rose and Orange blossom are good for sexual energy. And lets not forget to clear negativity out of our space and mind as well. White sage, a dried herb, can be used to get rid of any lingering negativity from your long day.
Candles Represent light, and it should be your only source light, other then natural sunlight of course. Artificial lights or neon lights should never be used. A research showed that neon lights caused panic and anxiety in people, not good for a calming environment. so if you like meditation at night fill your room or space with lots of candles or tea lights. Plants Green plants such as ferns and foxgloves should be used in your meditation room, they add energy to a room because they are alive and also very decorative as well. Also try adding a Rock Garden to your room. Rock gardens aim to draw the mind beyond appearances of things, and this can be very useful with mediation. Crystals are very useful while meditating, they give off energy because they are alive as well. Crystal quartz is good for clearing the mind and connecting to source.
Now that your meditation room is set up their are still a few things to do before you begin. Never ever enter the room or space when you are angered or having impure thoughts. Studies have recently shown that sex is ok to think about when your meditating. So please don't think i meant sex when i said impure. Never let any one inside the room or space who is angry. They must be on the same page as you are. Take a bath or shower before entering the room, you want your mind and body clean. You should always meditate at the same time every day and you should never be disturbed. Your position should be as comfortable as possible, to a point where you feel your body has completely disappeared. Deep breathing, deep relaxation and concentration are key. If you can't concentrate always go back to deep breathing, take a deep breath, exhale fully and take another deep breath, exhaling fully again. Your breathing should flow naturally into your lower abdomen, keep your attention on your breathing, if your attention wanders bring it back to breathing again and again as many times as necessary. Practice daily for ten to fifteen minutes and you will discover that practice make perfect, namaste.