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The end of the year marks both an exciting time with friends and family for the holidays, but it can also be more hectic for many. From large travel plans to purchasing countless gifts and food, the holidays can be overwhelming at times. For those who may be stressed from the holidays, meditating can help them remain relaxed and centered throughout the season. Here are some quick ways to make your own space for meditation.

Right Lighting
When getting into the mindset for meditation, the lighting in a room can greatly affect the quality of the experience. It is recommended to practice meditation in a room that can decrease a light’s brightness without completing eliminating it. Finding a room quiet room with a dimming light can help get the right lighting for meditation, which can make the experience more meaningful.

Blankets To Lie On
Part of the meditation practice includes lying down, and Forbes recommends finding a blanket to lie down on for this portion. Whether using an artisanal blanket, or one that you find in the room, the blanket can provide another sense of comfort, which can make it easier to focus on meditating while blocking out external factors.

Meditation Playlist
In the days leading up to a major family event or trip, you should make sure to download a comprehensive playlist that you can play from your phone. Include songs that you enjoy, and can help you find the right mindset. For those who do not listen to music, having a noisemaker app on your phone can block out other noises that may be within reach otherwise.

Remove Images
While this may be more difficult if you are traveling, finding a room without images, or images that can be easily put aside may be the best way to set up a room for meditation. According to meditation room designer, Lisa Melona Cloughen, practicing in a room that is free from images can help reset a person’s mind to a more natural setting, and recommends keeping a room as free of external images as possible.

While it may be more difficult to find the perfect space to meditate as we move through the holidays, little changes like these can help make a room ideal for practicing. If you have small items like an eye pillow, bring them along to help recreate the right environment for you.

About The Author
John Kaweske is an Entrepreneur and Biodiesel Expert in Colorado Springs, Colorado. He is the President of Bio Clean Energy, S.A., a biodiesel holding company with diversified assets in the clean energy sector in Sao Paulo, Brazil. While building Bio Clean Energy in 2004, John found himself with a lot of extra time, which ultimately led to him discovering meditation. Today, John Kaweske practices daily meditation, and manages a monthly blog outlining the latest in meditation and mindfulness. 

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