Space To Meditate

Healthy eats and exercise have been a part of my life for so long that I started to wonder if I was still making any progress, but then like the proverbial skinned cat, I realized there is more than one way to measure health. To answer my own QOTW, here is my tale of the best thing I did last year.

After my divorce in 2008, I tossed out all the stuff from my past life, transformed a spare bedroom into a meditation room and created myself a place of peace. There, in that 10-foot-by-12-foot space I sorted through the chaos in my brain and the turmoil in my life.

Time moved on, as did I. In 2012, I sold my house and let it all go — including my meditation practice.

Fast-forward to 2014: new husband, different house and finally, a private space for meditation.

Living plants help to create good chi, plus there is enough open space to do yoga.

Living plants help to create good chi, plus there is enough open space to do yoga.

My personal sanctuary isn’t full of distracting clutter; just a few things I love. The chest is filled with childhood treasures, the rocking chair (which goes with absolutely nothing in our contemporary home) was the first piece of real furniture that I ever owned, so I kept it, and the photography on display is my husband’s handiwork. There are a few comfortable cushions, a candle to keep focus and incense because patchouli has this weird calming effect on me.

I set aside a few minutes in the morning, before coffee, before email and before my brain goes into overdrive — which it often does. Meditation allows me to handle whatever the day throws at me without getting frazzled; it’s like putting on invisible armor. And don’t think I’m some Zen-Buddhist type that can sit with a quiet mind for hours; if my spinning brain shuts down for even 15 minutes I’m amazed.

Your life doesn’t have to be in disorder to reap the benefits of this age-old practice. Meditation is a great way to reduce stress and build inner strength. It helps me to slow down and take a breath — before I react. (Bonus: if you are big into intuitive eating it really helps to cultivate self-awareness!)

It’s my sit-down-and-take-a-minute of yin to this gotta-go-as-fast-as-I-can life called yang. If you’re an active go-getter like myself, find a place to call your own and get yourself some om.

Have you tried meditation? How has it helped you? —Karen

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  1. carol says:

    Thanks, Karen, for sharing your practice. I rekindled my meditation practice last year and remember how helpful it was after my divorce (in 2008.) I do different things, depending on my mood and how much time I have. If you haven’t tried it, check out the Chopra Center Meditation Experience. Each group is a series of 3 weeks of daily guided meditations, each about 20 minutes long. They do free ones 2 or 3 times a year. It’s been a great way to find my way back in. All best to you.

  2. Ames says:

    I love this-especially the desks with space to write. Normally meditation rooms only have room for your mat.

  3. Deanna says:

    I really like this idea! I don’t know if I’ll ever be able to dedicate an entire room for meditation, but maybe in the future we can create a section of our office/reading room that can be for meditation. In my ideal perfect house, that we have yet to purchase, I would have an “office” that is really dedicated to reading and quiet time. We wont’ have a computer in it, just some comfy chairs, shelves for our books, candles and some calming white noise in the background to just relax and enjoy…so I guess that would be a room dedicated to meditation. LOL.