Meditation is a fantastic way of being able to relax and center yourself. Whether it is in the morning before your day begins, during lunchtime to reset yourself or in the evening to relax at the end of a busy day, meditation can help to lower stress levels, reduce anxiety, improve attention span and helps to promote a feeling of calm.
A positive way of including meditation in your daily life is to create a dedicated space specifically for meditation at home. This allows for the space to be associated with feelings of peace and relaxation, potentially making it easier to get into the mindset needed to meditate properly.
Though there are no set rules for exactly how or where your meditation space should be, these ideas provide a starting point, hopefully inspiring you to create your own meditation space at home that is personal to you and can be included in your daily routine.
Here are some ideas on how to create a meditation space at home:
Find the right space
Your meditation space needs to have a sense of calm and quiet, and is somewhere that you feel comfortable being able to relax and meditate. Try and find an area that is used less frequently by others within your household and is away from outside noise or background noise within the house itself. A meditation space doesn’t need to be an entire room, it could be a space in the corner, or even a space outside.
A space that has lots of natural light is useful, although not entirely necessary. Consider what time of day you will be meditating – if your space is in direct sunlight, will you enjoy the sun on your face or do you want to soften the light with curtains or sheets? Consider the light that is present in the room in the early morning or later in the evening. If you meditate at night, would you like it to be completely dark or would you prefer the low light of a lamp or candle?
Make it comfortable and clean
Fabrics can help to make a space feel more calm and relaxing. Whether it’s by adding cushions or a seat, or even blankets, you should try to make your space comfortable to suit you and to avoid distractions caused by pain from sitting on the floor. It’s also important to keep the space clean and as uncluttered as possible as this can often be a distraction from your meditation – tidy space, tidy mind.
Think about color
Feng shui can be used to create a calming colour palette and is considered to be an effective way to shift the energy that is held within a room. To find out more about using feng shui and color in your meditation space at home, visit here.
Personalize your space
Some people like to have objects of significance in their meditation spaces. These can be something as simple as a photograph or memento, or crystals that will help you transition into the meditative mindset. If plants create a feeling of positivity, add in several plants around you. Others may prefer to have the space completely clear, which is also completely fine.
Use your senses
Smell can help to create a sense of calm. The use of your favorite scents such as essential oils, candles, flowers and even freshly washed laundry can help relax us into a more peaceful state. Much like the space itself, you will find that your brain will begin to associate these scents with meditating and so make it much easier to transition into that headspace. Music can have a similar effect, should you wish to have some on in the background to soundtrack your meditation. Create a playlist of calming, relaxed music or sounds that can help you relax.
Technology provides a distraction, so avoid placing things like cell phones, tablets and televisions in your meditation space, unless you are using one to play music.
Remember that when creating a meditation space at home, it has to be designed around you. A meditation space doesn’t have to be an entire room, it can be a space in a room, a balcony or even a space outside. Once you have created a meditation space that works well for you, you can focus on prioritizing meditation as part of your self-care and mental wellbeing, even if it is just for fifteen minutes a day.