By Charlyne Varkonyi Schaub
City & Shore Contributing Design Editor
Even if you never took a yoga class, it’s likely a friend showed you how to yoga breathe when you’re stressed. Slowly take the breath in through your nose and exhale through your mouth.
If breathing isn’t enough, the next step could be meditation. You can meditate anywhere, but it’s best to set aside a space to cleanse your mind. The space can be a whole room or just a corner.
Find your special space. The best spot connects with nature – facing water, a garden or tropical trees such as bamboo. If you don’t have a good view, put up a poster or art of the outdoors.
Decorate an altar. This could be an altar table or two small tables. Decorate them with items such as a Buddha statue, a Tibetan Singing Bowl, crystals and a Tibetan Meditation Bell.
Create privacy. This isn’t mandatory, but some people prefer to be set apart to relax with a screen or curtain as a boundary.
Play the right music. You can ask your app to play meditation music or find your own at a specialty store, such as Crystal Garden, 2610 N. Federal Highway, Boynton Beach, 561-369-2836, thecrystalgarden.com. My favorites are David and Steve Gordon’s Music for Meditation Inner Stillness and Phil Thornton and Hossam Ramzy’s Eternal Egypt.
Feature low lighting. Put dimmers on your lighting to make the room feel more serene and peaceful. Or add soft quartz-crystal lighting.
Add pleasant smells. The variety of soothing smells is endless. Add an incense burner, scented oils
Find a meditation pillow. I found a comfortable Dhyana Meditation Cushion that does the job better than other higher cushions I have tried. It’s available on amazon.com, but is shipped from Thailand so it takes about 14 days to arrive.
Unplug your electronic devices. This means no iPads, no cell phones. Turn everything off and put them in another room out of sight and out of hearing.