Meditation Articles Series
When it’s Cold… A Helpful Hint for Meditation
I received a wonderful gift. It’s a big soft blanket. My dear friend suggested I wrap it around myself on these cold mornings when I get up to meditate. Usually I wear a shawl around my shoulders. This blanket is very warm and light. Not only can I wrap it around my whole body but I can also cover my head with it. I find doing this not only warm but also soothing. It’s like being physically cocooned in such a way that lessens even more sensory input from the outer environment. Noise is reduced immediately.
It makes good sense to do this. After all, covering the head has been a traditional practice in monasteries and convents for centuries. It’s also a symbol of withdrawing the senses from the outer to the inner world.