By: April Meyers

Most people would agree that 2020 has been a chaotic year, to say the least. Coping with the events of the past 12 months hasn’t been easy, and many of us are feeling completely drained and depleted as we move into the near year. This is a great time to develop or expand on a spiritual practice, like meditation, that will help you cope with the constant stress of the pandemic. By adopting a daily meditation practice, you will be better equipped to handle adversity now and in the future.

Setting the Groundwork

First off, it’s important to understand that you don’t need to buy anything to be able to meditate. You don’t need a special room or a fancy cushion. You don’t need candles or incense. All you need is a few moments of uninterrupted time to yourself.

That said, feel free to enhance your practice by designing a calming meditation space in your home. Sitting down to meditate in the same place every day will make it easier to open your chakras or even just for your mind to tap into that relaxation response. Plus, designing a meditation space will enable you to surround yourself with calming items that make you feel happy, whether it’s potted plants, scented candles, or a small water fountain — the sound of flowing water can be incredibly therapeutic!

One of the most important elements of a meditation space is minimalism. Material clutter causes mental clutter, which is not conducive to meditation. To inject some lightness and positive energy into your home, Redfin suggests doing some household cleaning. You could even try warding off negative energy and bad spirits by smudging your home with sage.

Deepening Your Practice

Most people begin meditating with the help of guided meditation recordings. This is a fantastic way to get used to the process of sitting still and focusing on your breath. But if you’ve been meditating for a while, you may be looking for ways to expand your practice. Consider deepening your practice by injecting spirituality into your meditation sessions. Spiritual meditation is all about connecting to something greater than yourself while maintaining an awareness of where you are in the world.

According to Chopra, one way to deepen your meditation practice is through the Seven Spiritual Laws of Success. For example, try meditating on the Law of Least Effort by releasing your concentration and softening your focus. Remember, you can also take your spiritual practice into your everyday life. Give to others, live healthily, and focus on internal exploration as you go about your day. Increase your inner awareness with a daily commitment to your spiritual practice.

What to Expect

As you develop your daily meditation practice, you will start to notice a range of benefits. One of the changes you will experience is reduced stress. Meditation triggers your body’s relaxation response, calming your mind and preventing damage from the physical effects of chronic stress. As We Know Yoga explains, meditating first thing in the morning is a great way to start your day feeling calm and centered. Over time, meditating will help you build resilience to stress so you can more easily cope with any negative events that crop up in your life.

Building a spiritual practice is good for your health in many other ways as well. Spirituality is associated with reduced rates of depression, lower mortality rates, and lower blood pressure. At the very least, cultivating a spiritual connection between yourself and the rest of the world can be incredibly comforting and humbling. It can help you let go of control, maintain optimism, and find a sense of support in the community around you.

The coronavirus pandemic has forced all of us to find new ways to spend our time. Developing a meditation practice is an excellent way to fill these long days stuck at home and reduce your stress levels at the same time. Set up a comfortable little meditation space in your home and get started on your practice today. And if you need more in-depth guidance, feel free to book a call with life coach Dan Ginzburg.