Meditation, Mudra, and Mantra Practices
A Soothing Environment
While it’s true that you can meditate anywhere at any time, this might not be possible as you begin the practice because of external distraction. Creating an assigned space to meditate will help you devote to and build your practice.
I like to set up a sacred environment for meditation wherever I am When on the road, I bring my traveling altar to engage all my senses: a photo of my family, a candle, incense or fragrant oil, a bell, and mala, or prayer beads used for mantra repetition. As the mystic Joseph Campbell said, “Your sacred space is where you find yourself again and again.”
You should never feel like you have to force yourself to meditate; it should be something you look forward to. Maybe you enjoy soft, soothing music to help drown out the city noises outside your window, or perhaps aromatherapy helps you physically relax. Incorporate whatever helps bring you inward.
As you get started, first remind yourself that everyone’s mind wanders during a meditation. You’ll need to be open and patient as you begin. The key is to dedicate yourself to your practice and try different techniques to find what works best for you. The following practices are a great way to start. Try them in order, gradually building up your daily meditation time. Choose a technique that really speaks to you and your intention to commit to daily practice. You can also adapt your practice slightly by choosing a different meditation daily to serve your needs at that time.