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Mindful : April 2018
Imagine lying in bed, thinking about your day: back-to-back meetings this morning, helping to take your partner’s car for repair, a proposal to finish, and plans for dinner that you’re wonder- ing if you should just cancel. You had hoped to fit in some exercise, but that’s probably not going to happen. You can feel your mind start to whirl. Then imagine getting up and going to your meditation cushion. You drape a wrap across your shoulders, set your timer, and...sit. You could do this practice right in bed, at your kitchen counter, any- where really. But there’s something very purposeful and grounding about having a special place to meditate, a designated spot where you can take time to get your body and mind in sync. It might be a whole room dedicated to meditation and other mindful pursuits. It could be a corner in a multipurpose room. Even just a few elements that inspire you can help make any space right for your practice. Our own internal poll reveals a few common themes when it comes to the ideal meditation space: • There’s a comfortable yet support- ive place to sit. • It’s neither too hot nor too cold. • There’s a way to keep track of time. • There is support for achy or stiff body parts. • It’s well laid out—in other words, you feel good being in this space and ready to meditate. After that it’s really about personal taste. If candlelight makes you feel more settled, then by all means, use a candle to signal the start of your prac- tice. Perhaps there are certain colors, aromas, or images that you particu- larly appreciate. Use whatever you need to make your meditation space a place you want to return to again and again—a welcoming retreat, if only for a few minutes, from the rest of your busy life. April 2018 mindful 41