A guide to at-home meditation
photo by Erin Parker
Sophomore, Evan Parker highlights the importance of variety on October 22, changing up the scenery for his routine meditation. Here he is situated on the patio in his backyard, practicing the renowned tree pose, blasting the hit song XO TOUR Llif3, by Lil Uzi Vert.
Meditation. Relaxation. Innovation
Over the last 7 months, we have been confined to our houses surrounded by family 24/7. With no escape, this has led to many disputes and arguments over insignificant things, which I know has made many of us halfway crazy. Not only are we sinking deeper into a hole of frustration with our family members, but our motivation has also sustainability dwindled. Day to day life is now spent in bed. If you're looking to step up your routine, let me introduce you to the next step up from complete laziness: meditation.
Meditation is the practice of relaxation, which means however you relax, is your meditation. If anyone tells you otherwise, they are wrong. The extensive, scientific explanations detailing certain methods shouldn’t influence you in the slightest. Those people are not you. Are you going to eat the food other people eat because it’s scientifically proven to be good for your body? No, you are not, because if the food doesn’t taste good, you’re not going to eat it. If a specific meditation practice doesn’t work for you, don’t do it. Let me be the first one to say this: Practice meditation however you want!
There are many avenues to meditation: the location, the music, and how you practice it. You don’t always have to sit in a cross-legged pose, with your eyes closed, listening to the boring sounds of classical music. That is step one to falling asleep and you’re going to miss the point.
The point is to be one with yourself and your emotions. To empty the clutter of thoughts you accumulated that day, and relax.
Let’s start with outside meditation. If you have a scenic backyard enclosed with trees and beautiful greenery, you should try meditation outside. Now the downfalls associated with this method are important to look at:
We live in Michigan. In the bipolar climate that we find ourselves in, there is only a narrow window for good weather. And I mean good, as in 57. Another downfall to consider is the bugs. They are the biggest nuisance on this planet. Unless you’re interested in becoming a transcendentalist and want the bugs to get in your face, I wouldn’t encourage it.
Now you might think this article is contradicting because on one hand I’m encouraging meditation and on the other, I’m discouraging ways to do it. I’m only trying to present you the facts, and from there, you can make an informed decision on what method you’re most drawn to.
The second method to consider is meditation within your home’s sanctuary, most often this is your bedroom. The TikTok trend of LED lights and galaxy projectors for bedroom decor has made a huge impact on the teenage community. When searching for how to best suit your mood, you need to look for items that bring you comfort and fit the environment you want to be in. So if you're looking for somewhere to meditate, try your home sanctuary.
photo by Erin Parker
Sophomore, Evan Parker practices his favorite form of mediation, with galaxy projections
illuminating the room around him on October 20. He sits cross-leggings listening to the
methodical sounds of 679 by Fetty Wap.
Another component of meditation is music. Meditation has a general music genre of classical, soft, angelic sounds. It slows down the mind, and helps calm your thoughts. But maybe, you like music with a lot of bass so much so that when you’re driving the people in the other car can l feel the vibrations. If that music calms you, by all means, use it. Listen if classical music makes you want to fall asleep, don’t waste your time trying to stay awake to music you can’t keep your eyes open to. You're going to miss the point! If you can listen to loud blasting, base music where they rap 50 lines per minute, and you find it peaceful, use it.
Practicing mediation itself is the most controversial component. There is a common misconception that meditation requires you to sit in the most uncomfortable pose with your legs crossed, making you feel like a human pretzel. Who wants to feel like a human pretzel when they’re trying to meditate. Don’t listen to science. Don’t listen to the facts. Listen to me. Do whatever pose you like. Stand up and hold your arms toward the sky, lay face down on the floor, stand in hero pose. It does not matter. If you want to try the typical cross-legged pose, my all means go ahead. You are your own person, and what feels comfortable to you may not be comfortable to someone else.