Do you use a meditation focal point or shrine to aid in the process?

Sarah S.
Personally, I don't. I tend to have my eyes closed while meditating. I don't get any visual input during that time.

There's one exception, however. If I am specifically working on maintaining my center while allowing myself to take in what things are around me visually, then I'll allow that. But again, no shrine or anything of the sort.

Jessica Z.
I do use focal point when meditating. My focal point has always been my breath. I try to clear my mind and focus all my attention in the flow of air in my nostrils, feeling the sensation of it as it touches the inner part of my nose and the way it goes down to my stomach like a wave. I've been meditating for more than a year and I still use guide. I put on my earphones and play nice sound of the waves in a beach or the flow or water in a stream or the raindrops. I always get distracted by so many thoughts running inside my brain but I always take note if it and go back to focus on my breath until the time is up.
Eduardo Z.
I have not yet felt the need toco strict a shrine at this time. Although I have considered creating one I currently use a focal point for my meditation
Jeanne W.
I used to have a little alter where I would keep all of my nature findings, little statues, inspirational cards, and candles. Next to it I would keep my meditation cushion. I found that place to be the best place for me to have me time. Every time I would look at it, I was also reminded to meditate. Writing about this now is inspiring me to create another space like this in my new apartment and start new with what I add to it, but lee my favorite findings from nature and in my life.
These days, I sit ocouch, and simply close my eyes and breathe. Sometimes I choose to put my hand over my heart and my hand on my belly to help me stay focused on what is essential in my meditation practice, the breath.
Chad C.
Moments of alone time is the best time to meditate for me.
Daily tasks and family obligations makes finding alone time precious. When I find myself in a tasks/family non demanding period I try to go and relax into a meditation zone.
Mathis O.
Good question, I never considered the perspective of meditation as a shrine one process. Great question for me to ponder, thank you.
Amanda P.
I actually do not. However, I’ve heard people clear out specific places to meditate. It seems like it helps to focus on a point in the meditation. If you’re Catholic or Christian, a rosary or something of a religious value might work. Of course, that’s for more religious meditators.
Dorothe U.
I spend time in the Bible hearing the words of my Lord. This gives me the focal point of those words to meditate on. I then finish up my quiet time in prayer.
Eufr Sio Q.
I'll have a certain area with a couple of candles, a bell and some incense. I also have special clothes (they could be anything loose fitting) that I only wear for meditation as this start the process of getting your brain into meditation mode.
I do, in some meditations meditate on a single tarot card, a checkerboard and a black mirror but these are for different purposes.
But in all honesty nothing is actually required. When I was doing my Ritual magic training I was made to go to a busy train station to meditate everyday. Meditation's a fantastic tool for calming the body down, focusing, clarity and much more but if we only learn how to do it in surroundings that are already peaceful then we've completely missed the point and 70 % of its usefulness.
As Alan Watts once said (paraphrasing a little) "if you can't meditate in a boiler room then you can't meditate at all"!