In order to cultivate a regular meditation practice, it is important that we look to first create an external environment that is conducive to meditation. Begin by finding a place in your home that will become your designated meditation area. Choose somewhere that is relatively quiet and where you are unlikely to be disturbed.

Next you will need a couple of cushions, a small table and a few ‘props’. These ‘props’ might include fresh flowers, a candle or two, a picture of a spiritual teacher, some incense to burn, or anything else that inspires you. You might also like to play some simple meditative music. Avoid having a clock that you regularly glance at or soon you will find yourself meditating on the clock! Most of us have an alarm in our mobile phone that we can use.

If you are disturbed by the outer world, be it your family, your housemates, your neighbours or whatever else; treat these distractions with poise and patience. If you react angrily you are bound to feel the echoes throughout the rest of your meditation. It is also helpful to take a shower beforehand and if possible, do not eat for two hours before meditating.

Establishing a regular practice is a challenging task. Be courageous, be determined and don’t give up. If you are able, find a group with whom you can meditate regularly. Their presence and companionship will inspire you and your own personal meditations will grow stronger as a result. Reading spiritual books and maintaining a good level of physical fitness are also most helpful. Above all, just keep at it! It takes a little while to build up momentum, but once you do your life will begin to blossom in ways you could not even imagine.

If you feel inspired, please come along to our free classes. Our instructors will be delighted to assist you in establishing your own regular meditation practice.

“When we meditate we expand, spreading our wings like a bird, trying to enter consciously into Infinity, Eternity and Immortality, welcoming them into our aspiring consciousness. We see, feel and grow into the entire universe of Light-Delight.
Sri Chinmoy

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