Now that depends, doesn’t it. On you, mostly. I have meditated in quite a few different mediation spaces in the last year or so. Often at home but also at some of the most unsuspecting places. You need a heads up first, I’m not an expert meditator or have some law on the best place to meditate. This is an entirely subjective article because you view your meditation practise in a way only you know, you go to a place only you can go.
A meditation space for me are those areas which give me a ‘feeling’, nothing I can describe and nor would I try to (I’m going to get more helpful in a minute I promise). For you, try to feel the places you are in, how do they make you feel? There are a few obvious ideals in any space, not too loud or busy, a good temperature, etc. However above that the feeling from a space is all important.
Try Somewhere New
I’m going to concentrate on meditating spaces outside of your home for now, home is a place you will usually be comfortable in. I want you to consider somewhere else, expand your mind so you can expand your meditation possibilities. I’ll give you an example, I have meditated in a juice shop called Alkalize Me before now. The owner Garry holds an amazing space where meditation is welcome, he meditates himself and knows its importance. This space is amazing to me, in fact I prefer it to being at home for meditation.
I have always been an advocate for the spiritual community, there are so many people out there you can meet and places to see where you can meditate. In order to gain the ‘feeling’ I mentioned you may have to try various places, some will work for you and some won’t.
A meditation space is the physical area you sit (or lye) in and perform the discipline of meditation. The funny thing is as you become better at meditating and are progressing in your journey the physical space you are in becomes less important. The inside is where you will find peace.
“Inside is where you will find peace”
Inside Or Outside
Personally I prefer to meditate outside but here in the UK the opportunity doesn’t always make itself available. On any given day it can be sunny and heavily raining within the same 20 minutes! When I can sit in the sun and feeling the warmth on my face I find it easier to relax with mother earth, sitting on the floor outside is important for me.
The small draw back to the power of the sun on my face is I have always found it better to see visuals when it is dark. Seeing visuals when I’m meditating is something that tells me my mind is open and ready to receive whatever lessons will come. This is a big part of the process for me and a big trade off for the sun on my face. Visuals are sometimes shapes or images than come in almost any form when your eyes are closed. Something to keep in mind if you are the same.
Feel the space around you.
Meditate Alone Or With Others
I’ve never been to a joint meditation class, it’s just not for me. Yoga yes, meditation however is a personal thing that I do when I’m alone. There is a big trend at the moment for corporations to offer meditation classes at lunch breaks etc, and it’s all a bit well, corporate for me. I will say though that guided meditation via an app or YouTube has helped me in the past, especially with Sam Harris. If you are brand new to meditation and think that a teacher can help you (and your lunch break if your only free time), then give it a go.
I find myself these days turning away from anything corporate, advertised or block booked etc. The space in which I meditate will always be a personal one.
“Your own path is exactly that, your own interpretation of the teachings”
When starting out I found that I stuck to a particular spot once I had found somewhere I liked, I was a bit wary of changing it. I now know the importance of exploring different meditation spaces far out ways my stubbornness and not wanting to rock the boat. Rock the boat! Find a quiet, warm, safe space that gives you the feeling. You’ll know it when you feel it.
“I close my eyes and repeat my Mantra – You are loving awareness.”
Realiser was born from a dream to be in a realised state, a state of awaken. To be able to see the most obvious things having missed them for so many years. Subsequently I wanted to create something to serve as an example of how it could be. If only we might spend the time loving that we spend hating. Above all spending the time to be kind to others for no reason. You get the idea. I will travel around doing what I can and would love for you to join me. Follow my path here…