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How to Create a Sanctuary for Mind-Body Practice

A sanctuary is a private, safe, and personal space for your mind-body practice. Find your sanctuary where you can feel safe to go away into your mind-body routine for 10, 20, or 30 minutes.

  • Find a place where you can focus. Focusing on yourself is hard enough, without having a place to call your own. You don’t want to look at a cluttered desk, the kids’ toys, the piles of dishes or laundry, or the great balls o’ dust in the corners when you try to do mind-body exercises.

  • Add items that help you forget distractions. Room dividers or screens can help you block out the family, the mess, or the chores you need to do. (And they can be really attractive, too.) Candles and lamps can also help set the stage, or give you a light to focus on for any relaxation or meditation.

    Pillows can help you get into the safest and best positions for your body. A mat can make your bones more comfortable. And, a soothing picture on the wall can help you feel as if you’re really on a true retreat.

  • Preserve your sanctuary. Even if this space can’t be permanent, look around for a corner and mentally claim it. You can then keep your “sanctuary supplies” in a drawer, on a closet shelf, or folded up under the bed. When you’re ready for your mind-body retreat, just pull out the dividers, candles, music, and incense, and set yourself up in a flash.

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