My relationship with meditation began in 2005. Seeing a counselor made my Freshman self more anxious. Even the idea of discussing my "issues" as a first generation Guatemalan-American female, made me want to avoid that therapist's couch like no other.
I walked out one day from his office and saw a flyer offering Free Meditation. I had zero experience and my 18 year old self was desperate to find anything to help with my sleep issues. I enrolled in the 6 week/sessions of mindfulness meditation. I kid you not, each time I thought I was doing it wrong. I kept telling myself my mind will never keep quiet or still.
But then I began practicing it in my bedroom at night. Training my body to be at ease and just noticing my thoughts was a little easier. De-cluttering my mind was progressively not as hard. I began creating a night-time routine.... I experienced myself being able to soothe myself and eventually get some rest.
Curiosity and desperation led me to find meditation...It's worked for me, time and time again. So I've made a specific space in my bedroom to practice.
By having a space as a go-to area for meditation, it helps me train my body to know that specific area is available. Once I start a practice in that said area, I'm training my body and mind with a routine that "meditation takes place here".
When someone asks about my Meditation practice or state they have an interest. I most often hear "I want to start meditating! How do I start to do it?"
First step is by starting at a point in time. Same time, Same place is my motto. It's recommended to Meditate at least 5-10 minutes. You can play music, you can sit, stand, lay down. Your mind will most likely have A LOT of thoughts! I also tell others that quieting your mind isn't going to happen. Practice, Practice, Practice!! Notice your thoughts as though they were items on a conveyor belt. Download an app. Yes there's tons of apps for meditation. I use Insight Timer.
First step is by starting at a point in time. Same time, Same place is my motto.
Below is a recent photo of my alter (which you don't necessarily need) But I have found useful in creating a safe, inspirational and comfortable space.
1. Essential Oil for my evening Abhyanga "Self Massage"- Currently mine has Sesame Oil, Peppermint oil and Lavender oil.
2. Inspirational quotes- This one was gifted from one of my Hermanas (Sorority Sister) at our Annual Holiday Brunch a few years ago.
3. Cultural item- I purchased this from one of my visits to Guatemala. I often meditate to the visual of Lake Atitlan. Memories of Guatemala always bring a smile to my face.
4. I have two Ganesha figurines and two other fertility statues. Ganesha is known as the Lord of Good Fortune who provides prosperity, fortune and success. He is the Lord of Beginnings and the Remover of Obstacles of both material and spiritual kinds.
5. Singing Bowl – My cousin gifted me this Singing bowl from his trip to Italy. Singing bowls are known as the ancient brain entrainment methodology for healing and meditation. If you haven't heard or played with one of these--do yourself the favor! Some of the benefits from Singing bowls include; Reduce stress and anxiety significantly, Chakra balancing, and promotes stillness, happiness and well being.
6. Family- My brother Gio and I call each other Monkey. So I've made sure to think of him, pray/send him positive vibes while in this space.
7. Mala beads- Both were gifted and placed on alters during my teacher trainings for positive energy. The Namaste beads were exchanged to me at Ezoo two years ago!