create a sacred place to be mindful
Is there a place in your home or yard where you can let go, relax, and renew your awareness of transcendent, loving oneness? It doesn’t take much to create such a place.
Your can create your healing retreat —a garden, a teahouse, a room—or you can claim one that already exists—a window seat, a rock by a stream. Your haven can be a balcony with potted plants and a wind chime, a hot tub surrounded by lavender, a bedroom where you have banished all distractions, or a comforter you roll up in like a cocoon. It needn’t even be a particular place; it can be an experience you recreate each time you need it, like a candlelight bubble bath with fresh flowers and Mozart.
There are no rules about how to create a personal haven, but consider incorporating some of these features (let your heart and your gut guide you):
• A gateway or marked entry to set it aside as sacred
• Privacy (freedom from interruptions and demands)
• A place to rest (a bed, hammock, comfortable stool)
• Calming colors
• Curved shapes
• Soft textures
create a sacred space in your house
• Objects of beauty
• Simplicity, absence of clutter
• Soothing sounds (birdsong, moving water, music, wind chimes)
• Sunlight or soft, warm electric light
• Pleasing scents
• The four elements: air, earth (the ground, stones), water (in a bowl, fountain, or body of water), fire (sun, candles, a fire)
• A long vista, if there’s a pleasant one available
• Symbols of calm, transcendence, love, nourishment (hearts, stars, sun, moon, angels, personal treasures)
You deserve it
If you are like most people, the hardest part isn’t finding or creating a sanctuary; it’s believing that you deserve to spend time there. We tend to be so overwhelmed with demands that time taken away from meeting them feels like time wasted. We somehow learned that doing something just because it feels good is detrimental to others. Question these assumptions.
In fact, great inspiration, beautiful works of art, and profound love arise from the experience of unstructured time. In quiet, we can hear our muses and feel our passions. Here we can dream freely and drink from the deep well of our source. The peace we find carries into all our actions and relationships. What better gift can we give the world?
Although meditation can be done in almost any context, practitioners usually employ a quiet, tranquil space, a meditation cushion or bench, and some kind of timing device to time the meditation session. Ideally, the more these accoutrements can be integrated the better. Thus, it is conducive to a satisfying meditation practice to have a timer or clock that is tranquil and beautiful. Using a kitchen timer or beeper watch is less than ideal. And it was with these considerations in mind that we designed our digital Zen Alarm Clock and practice timer. This unique “Zen Clock” features a long-resonating acoustic chime that brings the meditation session to a gradual close, preserving the environment of stillness while also acting as an effective time signal.
Bamboo Meditation Timers and Alarm Clocks
adapted from Natural Home Magazine, January/February2004 by Carol Venolia
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Now & Zen
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Boulder, CO 80302
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