Dedicating a room to meditation can be a major step in your journey to mindful living. Like all other spaces in our homes defined by the activities that matter to us, a meditation space gives you a place that is dedicated to silence and stillness. In the right space, your entire mind, spirit, and body can be invited to relax. You release the stress and tension of your life and seek clarity, unity, and awareness once you enter that space.
So, how do you create a meditation space that is perfect for you?
With a mix of ingenuity and creativity, you should be able to create a space for meditation wherever you are. Below are some tips for creating a meditation room that is not only dreamy and peaceful but encourages deeper meditation, whether it is a small corner or a full room.
Pick a Space
While just a corner of a room or a closet will do for meditation (if that is all you can spare), you want it to be a space that makes you feel good. A space you can enter and instantly feel relief. Also, you want it to be a quiet room in the house and one with minimal traffic.
You also want to pay attention to lighting too. A room that enjoys adequate natural lighting will always boost your mood any time you step in. For this to happen, you want to choose a room that faces the sun for the particular time of the day you plan on meditating. Or even better, choose a room with a sunset view! That would an excellent way to begin meditation.
If you have no spare space or room possessing such quality, you can consider using an outdoor space like your patio, deck, or even your flower garden. The goal is meditating in a space that allows you to relax your body and mind with minimal distraction.
“Peaceful” Color Scheme
The last thing you want to feel during meditation is jitteriness or restlessness, and that is why only peaceful colors should be used in your space. Consider what calms you when you pick out curtains or throw blankets. This is important because once your body begins to associate your meditation space with calm and joy, it will be more likely to look forward to meditation and you’ll find sitting still easier.
Now, if you love certain patterns or colors, you don’t necessarily have to do away with them. You may only need to pick softer color palettes over busier and bolder patterns.
Decorate the Space
The next thing to consider would be the images and objects that fit the room’s purpose. Just like you did with the curtains and hangings, you want a design that is minimalist in order to avoid distractions. Many meditators design their spaces with images of Buddha, candles, and bowls. You can include flowers, cushions, and pillows or special lightings if the room or meditation area lacks natural lighting or for when you need to meditate when natural lighting goes out.
Blankets and throw pillows are highly recommended because of the aura of softness they create. In the end, the decision will be yours to make but try to choose only decorations that are meaningful to the experience and set that space apart.
Define boundaries wherever you may situate your meditation spot. Your sacred place should be exactly what is it; sacred. Establish these boundaries physically and energetically. This helps to ease your mind once you’re in as you won’t be compelled to pay attention to happenings outside your space.
When you define boundaries, you associate the space with calmness and limit and eliminate as many distractions and interruptions as possible.
Besides decorations, there are other tools you can add to your space to enhance your meditation. You can use a crystal, sage, candles or a singing bowl to purify the energy or space. You can use some nice smelling candles and journal for writing down the things you reflect on. Meditation, as you know, is a deeply personal experience – one that is supposed to inspire you to connect with yourself. So you want to do all you can to maximize every session.
Fresh Air is Essential
You want to make sure you have fresh air in your space. Having nice-smelling candles are great, but nothing beats fresh air in a space as important as your meditation area. Fresh air offers you many benefits, including boosting your mental power, enhancing your overall wellbeing, and helping you feel revitalized.
With an outdoor space, getting fresh air will be easy, but indoors, it can be a different story. So, ensure the room you pick is well-ventilated, and that you have the opportunity to enjoy as much fresh air as possible while you meditate.
However, if you have to make do with a room without windows or ceiling fans, a standing fan will work just fine as an air purifier. But only pick one that has the “quiet” technology, this way even while it works, it will not interfere with your meditation.
Soothing Meditation Music
While this may not be necessary for some individuals, music can be very soothing for many others. You may find it particularly beneficial if you live in a busy city area and have to deal with the sound of traffic outside coming through the walls.
The calming meditation sound though played quietly in the background can drown out every other distraction within your home and help you achieve a more tranquil and peaceful state for deeper meditation.
When picking a selection, we advise that you pick only music with no actual singing. Not necessarily classic tones. They could just be simple sounds that calm you such as birds chirping in the forest, ocean sounds, rainfall or the whistling wind. Binaural beats are also great too.
Also ensure the sounds you pick are long enough to cover an entire meditation session and if they’re not, you can consider putting the sound on repeat avoid distractions.
Ban Gadgets within the Area
While there may be no formal laid down rules for creating a meditation area, one rule you must follow for effective meditation sessions is putting away all forms of technology aside from your music player. No phones, tabs, or PCs are allowed. They come with distractions you can’t afford while you meditate. Besides, one of the true purposes of meditation is “getting away from everything” and having gadgets around defeats the purpose.
Other electronic devices such as TV or video games should have no place in your meditation space. True, we enjoy relaxing in front of the TV, but this is not the type of relaxation you want to achieve during an actual meditation session.
The effectiveness of your meditation will depend largely on how deep you go. And one sure way to go deeper into meditation is by creating an atmosphere that is conducive for it. Therefore, mindfully create your meditation space and treat yourself every day to tranquillity and peace for your overall wellbeing.