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Question for May 26, 2013: Where to Sit
Medivate — 5 years ago — in Question of the Week
Do you have a specific space in your home set aside for meditation? Are there any key objects or traits of such an area?

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fredclaymeyer — 5 years ago — permalink
A corner of my room. In general, I think these kinds of spaces should be clean, insulated from noise, and have a good line-of-sight. (Not sure my corner fully qualifies, though...)

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emmacat — 5 years ago — permalink
A corner of my bedroom is designated for practicing. The main object is, rather obviously, my mat and cushions. Other objects are a framed sacred image with candles and incense that help create the environment for meditation. The main aspect of this space is that it's stable, I don't have to set it up every time I sit which helps keep a regular practice. When I skip a meditation session, I can go over to that space and take a moment to acknowledge the fact that I'm skipping that session. It's a way to connect to my practice and bring it into my life in a concrete way.

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davidbhayes — 5 years ago — permalink
I definitely agree about the value of a space that's all set to go. (Mine's also just a part of my bedroom.) Preparing your practice area, even if it only takes a few seconds can sometimes be enough to prevent you from doing it.
I think the idea of acknowledging your space when you don't sit is really interesting. Is it mostly the sacred images you acknowledge, or the space itself? Do you think that helps keep you honest, or more likely to maintain your practice? I'd be interested to hear more about that if there's anything you'd be willing to share.

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emmacat — 5 years ago — permalink
I don't worship the sacred image (it's more of a reminder of our innate enlightened nature, not some kind of saint) so I acknowledge the space as a whole. it is a way to be honest with myself and to keep track of my patterns (when I usually sit, when I don't, why I don't and so on).
Sometimes it works as a little 'trick': once I'm facing my cushion, I might  change my mind and sit, even if for 10 minutes instead of the 30 I regularly sit, which is better than nothing. Other times the acknowledgement gives me the thrust to plan my next session better and make sure I don't skip it. And then there are times when I just feel plain silly about having an intimate relationship with an inanimate object. Whatever comes up, it's a way to get in touch with my practice. 

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davidbhayes — 5 years ago — permalink
Thanks so much for sharing.
I'd never considered the idea that your meditation space could be engaged with in a way that it encouraged you to practice. Now that you've said it I can think of similar examples from other areas of life---I feel like I've heard people talk about leaving their running shoes by the door, for example---but I'd never thought of it with respect to helping with regular meditation.
I also really like the "Whatever comes up" phrase. Isn't that what life is, a continuous experience of "whatever comes up"?
And I don't know that it matters to you one bit, but I feel like there's a lot to justify your relationship to the space. People have always and rightfully venerated sacred spaces---those that make them feel safe, a part of something greater, more connected---and I think of the place I meditate as such a place.

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Question for December 22, 2013: Meditation Location
Medivate — 4 years ago — in Question of the Week
What do you consider the most interesting place that you've ever meditated? Why?

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davidbhayes — 4 years ago — permalink
Interesting has so many different connotations. One sessions that sticks in my mind was the Dallas airport in the middle of an unexpected layover because of bad weather. Not especially scenic or special, but memorable and uncommon for me.

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Question for December 29, 2013: Meditative Attention
Medivate — 4 years ago — in Question of the Week
When meditating, where does your attention rest? How does that feel?

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davidbhayes — 4 years ago — permalink
I feel like it moves and changes somewhat throughout a session, but I most frequently find my attention centered at the nostrils. I find it rests there typically because it's the place where for me the sensation of the breath — which is almost always my "object" of meditation — is most strongly felt.

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Question for March 30, 2014: Where
Medivate — 4 years ago — in Question of the Week
Where do you meditate? Why?

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davidbhayes — 4 years ago — permalink
I typically sit on a kneeling chair or meditation cushion in my room. It's convenient and easy.
Sometimes, especially as it's getting warmer outside here, I'll try to find a nice place outside and either meditate seated on a bench or while walking. I mostly do this for variety.

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Question for April 20, 2014: Attention to the Body
Medivate — 4 years ago — in Question of the Week
When meditating, are your focusing your attention in a specific part of the body? Which? Why?

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msanna — 4 years ago — permalink
If I focus on anything it is my spine. It is the support system of my body. When I sit I can feel the muscles around it working to hold it up. 

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davidbhayes — 4 years ago — permalink
That's really interesting! My spine and the muscles around it never really enter my attention. I've been trying yoga a little lately, and it's really made me aware of how many things like this in my body I don't regularly have much awareness of.

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Question for January 18, 2015: Where to Sit
Medivate — 3 years ago — in Question of the Week
Do you have a specific space in your home set aside for meditation? Are there any key objects or traits of such an area?

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fredclaymeyer — 3 years ago — permalink
I can't recommend highly enough setting up a shrine room, even a tiny one, in a clean, quiet room. If you've got the space, give it a try!

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Lullabyehaze — 3 years ago — permalink
We have a small fenced patio with a bit of garden space. I created a small platform using a wooden pallet that I sanded a bit and spray-painted. This is a lovely meditation space-- it is fairly quiet, peaceful, and often sunny. But since I tend to meditate in the mornings, right now it's a bit cold to be outside. I usually set up my zafu and zabuton in an area of the living room and then put away the pillows again when I'm finished. Now that you mention it, I may try to think of a different place to set up-- maybe facing a wall or window. My current space is just kind of in the middle of things. I would love to have a little nook where I could keep my cushions set up, maybe add some candles or incense. One day!
For me, the real key is having a place that is quiet, if possible. Everything else is optional...and even the quiet is negotiable! 

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Question for June 7, 2015: Meditation Location
Medivate — 3 years ago — in Question of the Week
What do you consider the most interesting place that you've ever meditated? Why?

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Question for August 30, 2015: Where
Medivate — 2 years ago — in Question of the Week
Where do you meditate? Why?

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Question for September 20, 2015: Attention to the Body
Medivate — 2 years ago — in Question of the Week
When meditating, are your focusing your attention in a specific part of the body? Which? Why?

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Question for April 17, 2016: Meditative Attention
Medivate — 2 years ago — in Question of the Week
When meditating, where does your attention rest? How does that feel?

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Question for January 15, 2017: Where to Sit
Medivate — 11 months ago — in Question of the Week
Do you have a specific space in your home set aside for meditation? Are there any key objects or traits of such an area?

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Question for May 14, 2017: Meditation Location
Medivate — 7 months ago — in Question of the Week
What do you consider the most interesting place that you've ever meditated? Why?

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Question for July 30, 2017: Where
Medivate — 4 months ago — in Question of the Week
Where do you meditate? Why?

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Question for August 20, 2017: Attention to the Body
Medivate — 4 months ago — in Question of the Week
When meditating, are your focusing your attention in a specific part of the body? Which? Why?