The Seeker wrote:I am working through the same dilemma in a way.
When my girl and her daughters moved back in I lost the room which I used for my Shrine room.
I am trying now to get a room built in my out building, so I can do my practice there. As a Shrine in a bedroom isn't the best place as has been strongly suggested. So right now my practice is not on a regular basis at all. Just do my best in my day to day activities to be Mindful.
Do you have an option of another "place" to practice? Possibly a garage or shed in the backyard?
Kindest wishes, Dave
I do think that the lamas would prefer you have some sort of shrine and regular meditation practice, even if it is in the bedroom, rather than none. Same with regular practice. I have quite good meditations on my bed, which I've always studied on, so the associations really aren't all to do with sleeping anyhow. I find that putting my meditation cushion, mala and meditation book on there turns it into a meditation spot for me. My altar is at the head of the bed on the window sill, so I can close the curtains on it when I use the bed as a bed, so to speak. the making of the bed in the morning is my 'cleaning of the place'. We're lay practitioners, we have to improvise. Saying Om Ah Hum as you turn some spot into your meditation spot ought to help turn it into a meditation spot where you can concentrate.