Home meditation and active mindfulness has been a growing trend over the past few years.So how can you create a calm, meaningful and mindful space in your own home?
In today’s busy, permanently connected world, burnout, anxiety, overwork and stress are rife. In response to this, there is an increasing trend to find lifestyle solutions, including home meditation, which can help us feel less on edge.
From useful podcasts to the best apps on your phone, mindfulness is increasingly a practise in which more and more of us have become interested.
The holistic practise is a combined mind and body approach. It helps people to keep the balance of their well-being and let go of the negative emotions which are holding them back in life.
What Is Mindfulness?
Mindfulness is a way of stilling the constant chatter and shifting focus of the mind; just learning to exist within the present moment. It can be achieved through practices such as deep breathing, yoga and meditation.
Through training, you can become more aware of the random and intrusive flow of your thoughts and learn gradually to control them. The benefits of this are huge and wide-ranging. From making you more insightful about your emotions to boosting your focus and powers of concentration, improving your mental and physical health, strengthening your immune system and improving your relationships.
You don’t need to be religious or even spiritual to benefit from a mindful or home meditation practice. It’s something in which any age can take part, even young children, and it can be a simple, self-directed practise or something more formal, undertaken as part of a group.
You don’t need any special equipment, although there are some brilliant free mindfulness apps that many find helpful to start with.
Balancing Your Well-Being
Busy, stressed, treading water, anxious, numb. These are all emotional states which are increasingly common today, and familiar to most of us at one point or another in our lives.
Mindfulness can offer a simple, practical solution to this. You suffer from a mental health condition or simply want to improve your general wellbeing, it’s a great thing to try. There are different sorts of mindfulness, so it’s important to find one which suits you and your lifestyle.
Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction (MBSR) can help you to cope with situations of acute stress while Mindfulness Based Cognitive Therapy can help those who suffer from repeated bouts of depression. Once you have learnt the skills, you can apply them to any mental health challenge you face and it becomes a tool to help you manage your well-being and become emotionally resilient.
It’s not just an abstract concept – studies have shown that practicing mindfulness alters the way in which our brain works and even it’s physical structure.
A regular practise has been shown to boost activity in the pre-frontal cortex, which is the part of the brain responsible for positive emotion, and is generally far less active in people who are diagnosed with depression.
Creating Room For Mindfulness
Our homes are our sanctuaries – where we come to relax, retreat from the world and reconnect with our loved ones. So it’s impossible to ignore the role of your home environment in promoting the practise of mindfulness. You don’t have to have lots of space to find room for it in your home.
Mindfulness doesn’t require a dedicated room (unless you have one going spare!), just a small corner. The corner of a bedroom or a living room can be sectioned off with a simple curtain or even a decorative lacquered screen to provide a quiet space for contemplation.
The only requirement is that it’s quiet and relatively undisturbed – even the floor of a walk in closet can serve its purpose here! Consider rearranging the layout of a room if need be, perhaps moving your bedside tables and adding a cosy easy chair where you can sit to do your practice.
It can also be a helpful move to secure a pair of noise cancelling headphones, especially if you share your space with others who won’t keep the noise down.
The size of the space doesn’t matter, but having a dedicated area will not only encourage you to practise a little every day but also set your intention to be more mindful out into the world.