Just as someone may have a personal work-out gym in their own home, it is not unusual for a client to have or desire to have a meditation space. Sometimes the meditation space is informally put together and as simple as an altar in a room that has other functions (bedroom, living room, etc.)
I have also seen clients dedicate an entire room, just for the purpose of meditation, yoga, or prayer.
There are no hard and fast rules regarding where to place an altar or where to meditate and sometimes practicality dictates, when people live in tiny apartments with little choice of where they can carve out that sacred spot. But the following are some guidelines, based on my experiences as well as some input from fellow feng shui practitioners:
• Ideally you should meditate in your “D” location and/or direction. This is your most restful, peaceful direction based on your birth date. As an example, a woman born in 1951 would identify with southwest as her “D” direction. A man born in the same year would find that southeast is his most meditative direction.
• This “D” direction is going to wind up in a particular room or area of your house that is unique to the orientation of your living space. Obviously, if it turns out to be your kitchen, then there need to be some alternatives, such as the “D” quadrant within your bedroom.
• If you have the type of career where it is important to be a spiritual inspiration to others, like a teacher, philosopher, or coach--then you may want to meditate in an area that contains the “4" energy of your house. Again, this will be in a location of your house specific to when it was built and its compass orientation. ***If you don’t know where the “4" energy shows up in your house, then by all means call me!
• Another good area to meditate in your house is where the “8" Prosperity Star is. This is consistent with the advice I have received from Master Sang, Joseph Yu, and Gahle Atherton, that you absolutely do not want to meditate in a negative area of your house. Choose the most positive quadrants and choose your goals.
Years ago, there was one feng shui book that implied you could transform a negative space into a positive space by making it your meditation room.
While there may be some truth to that, why swim upstream or work harder for your peace of mind than you have to?
• I was surprised to hear Master Sang tell me that running water is not necessarily a good thing to have in a meditation room because it may be too distracting. So even though circulating water makes most of us feel great, it has a yang quality to it that may not be conducive to a yin-type activity.
• Place in your meditation space whatever symbols or objects that are meaningful and uplifting to you personally. Do not feel obligated to use symbols or art outside of your own religion or cultural background.
My own altar is relatively simple with a picture of my son, some healing stones, and a few other accessories for meditation like a timer, some malas and a candle. Other objects of inspiration make guest appearances now and then if I want to focus on a particular area of my life.
• In some religions it is considered inappropriate to place holy books in the same room where there could be sexual activity. You may be satisfied with a simple screen to partition off your meditation space from other worldly functions.
• You should be comfortable in your meditation space and be able to control the temperature, lighting, and sound.
I have noticed a distinct difference in the energy of homes where people meditate. (And I never claim to be that subtle or sensitive a person.) The air or ch’i has a cleaner, higher vibration, as if there were an air-purifier in use. This vibration makes the home feel more relaxed. It amplifies the good feng shui in the house. Although it is only loosely related to feng shui, the continuous auto-reverse playing of mantra tapes can act as a partial space-clearing remedy to help bring more harmonious vibrations into the house.
And just like the brain, which acts as the control tower for the body, your meditation room has the potential to be a critically important part of your house and contribute to your whole state of well-being.
Author Bio :
Kartar Diamond has written several books and even more ebooks. Her book, The Feng Shui Matrix, includes the formula for determining your best direction for meditation as well as many other personal enhancements. Go to http://www.FengShuiSolutions.net for more information. Kartar is a full-time Feng Shui practitioner, helping people in-peron and remotely world-wide.
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