Both of these practices work towards the same goal, but in different ways. With exercising, you are boosting your level of endorphins to stimulate healthy tissue growth, stability, and strength, allowing for you to feel better and be more grounded in your body. When you meditate, you are focusing on the breath, observing the inner mechanics of your body, and flexing your spiritual muscles that will ultimately create better focus, allowing for you to feel better and be more grounded in your body. It is therefore imperative that these practices make it in to your daily life, as the body is the greatest tool that a human being has in their possession.
And if you’re going to meditate (which you should do, for the record), you’re going to need a good space to do it in. Creating a “sacred space”, a place where you are inspired to be grounded and at peace, is a perfect way to get yourself excited about the practice of meditation. Equipped with your favorite Tiny Devotions Mala, you can visit this space at least once a day, perform a meditation that is most suited to your personal purpose, and reap the benefits of a calm mind and calm body.
Here are some helpful tips in setting up your unique sacred space:
1) Choose an area where you will not be disturbed. If you have room mates or if you are living in a house with other people, it is best that your sacred space be situated in an area that is not going to be disturbed by others (your room, for example, is usually a safe bet). Designate this area as your own for your practice and ensure that the other people you live with respect that space. As a boho girl or guy, it is more than likely that your house mates are already aware of your needs and will support your space 100%.
2) Have something comfortable to sit or lie down upon. This could be a large cushion, a chair, your bed, or anything that will allow you to be most comfortable when you are meditating. Have this is the centre of the space as a connection point, inspiring you to remain still, grounded, and connected to the healing energies around you.
3) Decorate the space with anything that resonates with your specific vision of inner peace and spiritual energy. It may be an image of your favorite Hindu deity, or it could be a photograph of a tropical paradise. Allow whatever brings you calm and focus into your sacred space and keep your vision in tune with your inner most desires.
4) For centuries, many cultures have used incense as a way of cleansing and consecrating their sacred rituals. If it feels right to have some incense or candles in the space, light them up and let them burn! Psychologists have proven that specific smells can trigger calming sensations in the brain, easing stress and provoking a more centered turn of thought. Do you a little experimentation and see which scents and candles feel right for you.
5) Have a point of focus. It may be an image, a phrase, or even your Tiny Devotions Mala. Have this item as a key point of focus in your sacred space, something to keep you attention when your mind inevitably begins to wander during meditation. This componant will bring all of the sacred space elements together and pack a bit of a punch to your spiritual mojo.
Becoming in tune with your desires and your central spirit is important. However busy you get, however often you get swept away in the waves of some of the more trivial aspects of your life, remember that the key to coming back to it is as simple as breathing in your perfect, sacred space. With an open heart, a grounded body, and a calm mind, there is no limit to what you can achieve.
Lauren is a guest writer for the Huffington Post and Social Media Coordinator in Toronto.