Preparations of Meditation



A process to get the deepest experiences of ourselves as human beings. It is the strongest mental exercise. Many people tell about meditation, some of them are already practising it.

But for meditation, you have to make some preparations. It has some ancient traditions. If you want to meditate yourself properly some special preparations and steps are needed prior to starting it.

These preparations help us to be concentrated and focused on our meditation session. Getting prepared for meditation is strongly related to getting relaxed and comfortable.

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All preparations, which we take for a meditation session, are for our mental calmness and relaxation and also help us to focus on our goal.

There are two headlines regarding the preparation of meditation.

First is, Preparation of yourself.

The second is the preparation of your surroundings (meditation room or place).


Preparation of yourself:

1. Select a time and place for meditation: After the determination of practising meditation, you should take some classes about it in the nearest meditation training centres. Then you have to choose a specific daily hour or time to practice it. Without a routine, you will be irregular and your focus will be hampered.

Usually, we prefer the morning hours. At that time environment and the air is fresh and our mind remains calm. But some prefer night hours just before sleeping to relieve his or her stress and to feel relaxed after a long busy day.

Then choose a place where you will practice meditation. It can be calm and quite open ground, an open space near your house or a room in your house. If not possible you can choose a corner of a room for practice. You have to decorate it properly. We will discuss it later.

2. Prepare your body: Freshen up yourself. Use the toilet, wash your hands and feet, and get into comfortable clothing. You may take a bath before your meditation session. These are not essential. But these are symbolic and the act of washing yourself will help you to feel fresh and clean. Otherwise, bathing is quite relaxing for all of us. It has a good positive effect on our mood.

You can eat a light meal or drink a little if you are hungry or thirsty. After eating or drinking wait a while to allow your body to digest. Waiting at least half an hour is better. Otherwise, you will feel groggy and it will be difficult for you to sit comfortably.

3. Take ‘time out’: You can take a simple ‘time out’ before meditation practice for relaxing your mind. You can read a book, take a walk or do something which will make u comfortable. You have to be calm and relax for a good meditation. So, doing favourite works before meditation for a while is very much appreciated.

4. Prepare your mind for light activity during meditation: Doing light activities during meditation is very important, like- deep breathing or light exercise or some yoga asanas, to relieve your stress. Stress not only affects your mind but also your whole nervous system. So, light exercise or physical activities increase your oxygenated blood supply to different organs which is also helpful to get rid of stress.

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Preparation of surroundings for a good meditation:

1. Choosing a proper place: You can meditate in an open park or in your house. Open park or your house lawn is very good, because meditation with light aerobic exercise is helpful for more oxygenated blood supply, weight reduction and causes calorie burn. But finding a calm environment is difficult in a park or in an open area. Modern civilization gives thousands of opportunities by killing the beauties of the environment.

You can decorate a room in your house for meditation. If not possible use a corner of a room and decorate it properly. But try to isolate the area with a privacy screen. You must not choose your bedroom. It’s better to choose a study room or workroom. A room with natural lighting and ventilation would make a good meditation room. But, it is good to use a separate room like a basement or a vacant room or an empty space in your home as a meditation corner. The colour of the wall of your room is also important. Choosing a bright colour is not appropriate. But if you feel okay you can continue with your current meditation space. A meditation room neither should be too cold nor too warm. Without a proper environment, you cannot focus and meditation may be failed. Use this place permanently for practising meditation. A meditation room also reflects your personality.

2. Keep clean the meditation space: You must keep your meditation space clean and tidy. Without a clean and organized place, your mind can deviate and it will become quite difficult to meditate.

3. Proper lighting: Proper lighting is very important for meditation. Subdued lighting is preferable. You can use a candle that is few inches burned. You can use over headlight too. But it is too bright. Otherwise, candles give you worm light which is helpful to meditate. Avoiding fluorescent or traditional halogen light is better.  Fluorescent lights cause anxiety and fatigue in many people, so avoid them. But meditation is a mental exercise. If it is comfortable you can use your room light.

4. Choosing a mat: It is better to avoid meditating directly on the floor. Choosing a proper mat is important. Be careful about its length and breadth. Its colour is also important. Maybe it will be irritating to you. You can choose a soft yoga mat. A mat should be comfortable and without comfortable sitting, you can’t start a meditation practice session. For better comfort, you may also use a soft cushion for the backrest. You can use a chair to sit upright. But I prefer the mat. Because sitting near the ground is symbolic and more helpful to feel what you are doing.

5. Use a blanket: You should keep a blanket beside you. Color, weight, and size should be comfortable for you. You can use it around your shoulder to feel worm which is important too.

6. Use some flowers: Use some fresh flowers in vases in your practice space. This will take your mind near to nature.

7. Play some music: You can play quiet music in the background. Try to use music without vocals. Instrumental music is appropriate. This will help you to keep your mind isolated from other surrounding unpleasant sounds. You can use a small artificial fountain too. The crisp trickling sound of water will also make the room soothing and serene. Or, you can avoid music too. It depends upon your mood and your comfort.

8. Use aromatherapy oils: It is symbolic. But it is helpful.

9. Use a relaxing scent: You should choose a relaxing scent. There are many types of fragrances. But some people feel irritating by different fragrances. So use which one is suitable for you. You may avoid this if you are allergic to it or if it irritates you.

10. Dream board and images: You may use a large piece of paper as your dream board by attaching different images of your previous activities. These images will help you to remind your deepest desire and your actual goal.

11. Your favourite reminders-Use your favourite reminders to surround you or decorating the room. Keep your favourite table, chair or furniture even picture in the room. This will make your mind calm and feel pleasant. It means to personalize your meditation space according to your favourite and comforting way.

12. Alarm clock: You can use an alarm clock for reminding the end of your practice session. So your mind will be free from concern about time and it will prohibit watching clock repeatedly.

13. No clutter: Don’t clutter up your space with many things. Just keep it simple and nice. Don’t decorate your space or room with unnecessary accessories. You should only surround yourself with meaningful items. Don’t clutter, that will distract you from your actual purpose. Your room should include only those things that help to relax you.

14. Others: Switch off or keep silent your mobile and telephone during a meditation session. You should use a “Don’t Disturb” sign in front of your room. Shut your door before starting. Turn off any other appliances or instruments that may interfere with your session.

But preparing yourself is not so important to be meditated. You can try to be relaxed in your office for 5-10 minutes by meditation. 

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Where to find these meditation materials?

You will find these materials in the near market and in a sports shop. Some meditation centres also sell it. You have to choose only. But choose a comfortable one.

Meditation is a process to be relaxed. So preparation for meditation is not preparing your room with a checklist. It means to prepare yourself and make your meditation place comfortable and relaxing for you. So, don’t be afraid if your meditation place misses something. These items are not strictly required for your practice. What is required is the calmness of your mind and devotion and a strong focus to be meditated.

But a good meditation preparation will help you to have a good and effective meditation session.


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