Meditation Getting started and creating your space Written by Dana Goodfellow, RMT, D.Ac. Owner – Quinte Mind & Body
“What you think, you become.” – Buddha. Truer words were never spoken when it comes to meditation. Our mind is the most powerful entity in our body and has the ability to affect every aspect, right down to the cellular level. This is why we feel physical tension when we are under mental stress. This can reside many different ways in our bodies, such as tension in our necks and shoulders, headaches, upset stomachs, irritable bowels, etc. Our mental stress can also affect our actions and reactions through our daily life. It can cloud our minds and decision making and therefore produce negative outcomes. It is important to control these outcomes and manage how we think and feel. If our minds are practicing positive and relaxing meditations, our physical body will follow suit. Meditation can be beneficial to the body in many ways. It can help with sleeping, releasing the stress of the day, help you stay focused and productive, and have an overall healthy awareness of your mind and body, to name a few. Starting meditation is easier than you may think. All it takes is the ‘want’ to do it and making time in your day for it. As you practice it more, it will become easier. Your mind will develop with the meditation practice and you will see differences in your life as you continue. Living in our health conscious society today, we often make time to work on our physical health. We go to the gym on a regular basis, we get outside and become active when we can, and we are aware of eating healthy and making conscious choices when it comes to food. We know the impacts and benefits to eating local and organic foods, and we are even now more aware of possible intolerances in our bodies. However, we don’t
seem to make the same amount of effort when it comes to our mental health. We can set aside an hour for the gym and block out our Tuesday nights for our sports team we belong to, but we can’t imagine sitting still for 10 minutes to create a clear mental space. Now that we understand that our mind controls our physical body, doesn’t it make sense to take care of our mind to the same extent, if not more? So, if you’re ready to experience the mind-body connection with mediation, here are my top five tips on creating the best mediation space to get you started. Tip #1: Make sure your meditation space is quiet. You don’t want to be distracted by anything. This doesn’t just mean other people; if you are going to hear traffic noise, dogs barking, phones ringing, or anything that will take your attention away, meditation will be a harder task. If you live in a busy household, try using something that creates white noise such as a fan, heater, or sound machine to drown it out.
time. I enjoy sitting on a meditation pillow that is more firm and high, or simply using a fluffy throw pillow is fine too. Tip #5: Lighting in your meditation space is important. Lighting can affect our moods, so keep the lighting soft and dim for a relaxing meditation, or try sunlight for an uplifting effect. Once you have your mind clear of clutter, and have a calming, comfortable, properly lit space, you’re ready for a great meditating experience! Now that you’re ready with your space, check out danagoodfellow.ca for your guided meditations to get you started. These are beginner friendly and easy to follow, plus, you’ll receive more tips and tools for you to use during your practice. Start today to become a ‘better you’, remember, ‘what you think, you become’. Happy meditating!
Dana can be reached at quintemindandbody.com
Tip #2: You want your meditation space to be calming to you as well. It doesn’t matter where you meditate, as long as it is somewhere you enjoy. It can be a designated area in your home, in a room you love to be in, cozy in your favourite chair, or on your back deck in the sun. It can even be somewhere you go; maybe it’s down by the water, on a beach, or a local park. Just make sure it’s completely relaxing and calming to you. Try out different spaces and see what works well. Tip #3: While finding this space, keep ‘mental clutter’ in mind. If a space is cluttered to you or messy, this is going to affect how you feel in the space. This will in turn create a non-relaxing space and could distract you. Tip #4: Comfort is important with meditating. You don’t want to be fidgeting. Make sure you have pillows or proper support for your meditation 21