Add some nurturing elements
Some people like to add a few special elements to turn their meditation practice into a nurturing ritual. While not necessary, these can further set this time of day apart as a sacred time.
For instance, you can light a candle, put on a lavender (or other fragrance) diffuser, begin the practice with a chime or singing bowl, play soft, peaceful music, and/or bow slightly with hands together in front of your heart to end the practice.
What I love most about meditating is knowing that I’m doing something to take care of myself. Something proven to work. Further, it sets a positive tone for the day, improving my ability to deal with stress and make mindful decisions.
If you think group meditation would be a better fit for you or a helpful addition to your personal practice, check out the Westchester Meditation Center in Bedford Hills.
*Editor’s Note: This article is intended for educational use only – it’s not a substitute for professional medical advice, diagnosis or treatment. Always seek the advice of your physician or other qualified health providers with any concerns you may have.