Creating a sanctuary for meditation in your home is simpler and cheaper than many people think. You already have the space, and simply have to personalize it to get the right benefit from it. A spare room in the home can work well for such a sanctuary; however an area outside of the home is better.
Garden sheds are an ideal space for sanctuaries, as they are empty areas waiting to be filled. You have to make the effort to head out to it, which will encourage you to make the time for your meditation, and you are surrounded by nature. This has a very soothing effect, but you are still protected from the elements, so there’s no excuse - even if it’s raining outside.
- De-clutter your garden shed by finding other homes for what you are currently storing in there. It may well need a quick sweep out, then place a large fleece blanket on the floor, and a floor cushion or two for extra comfort.
- Take a portable CD player into the shed with you and play some soothing music or a guided meditation CD. Some days you will want to listen to them, some days you may prefer the quiet. It’s good to have the option, though.
- The space in front of you can be personalised with images that help you relax and focus. These can be pictures of vast landscapes, flowing waterfalls, important quotes from idols or a family picture.
- Consider adding some scented oil or scented candles to your sanctuary. Lavender, sandalwood and camomile are notorious for their calming effects on our psyche.
The main thing to remember when creating your meditation sanctuary is that it is your sanctuary. There can be as much or as little extras to make it more comfortable as you like. No-one else needs to approve of your sanctuary.