What if you set aside a special corner or even a room of your home that was completely devoted to banishing stressful emotions? Meditation is a great way to do just that, through focusing, breathing and clearing your mind. Your meditation practice can be improved through comforting surroundings and thoughtful design details, which you can achieve in your own home without having to go to a studio.
Here are meditation spaces that will have you saying namaste in no time.
CHOOSE A SPACE THAT FEELS GOOD
You want to pick a room in your home that makes you feel good. This means a room that, when you walk into it, makes you smile. In addition, you want it to be a quiet room in the house, and definitely a room with a limited amount of traffic.
CLEAN AND UNCLUTTERED
Speaking of distractions, there is nothing more distracting than a cluttered area, especially when you are trying to relax. You want to make sure there are minimal amounts of ‘extras’ in the room. Consider emptying out the room to contain only a few elements.
BRING NATURE IN
Nature is organically relaxing and healing, so it only makes sense that you bring some natural elements into the room where you want to relax and meditate. In fact, most believe that mediation is all about connecting yourself with nature and your surroundings.
MAKE IT COMFORTABLE
If you’re sitting on the floor, use a cushion or blankets to prop your hips up higher than your knees. This will help take the pressure off the knees and open the hips. If you use a chair, make sure you have a proper backrest or cushion.
CONSIDER THE LIGHTING
Natural light is ideal. Then consider when you’ll meditate and your personal preferences. Will sheer curtains help soften and filter the light? If the space is dark or you meditate at night, will a dimmer switch or candles help create the right environment?
Another element to consider in your mediation room is aromatherapy. The use of essential oils from plants, such as lavender, chamomile, and peppermint, can really soothe the soul, the mind, and the body.
ADD A PERSONAL TOUCH
When creating your mediation room, you definitely want to include some of your own personal touches. This can be any element, smell, sound, or object that particularly soothes your body and relaxes your mind.
SERENE COLOR SCHEME
You want to paint the room to match the mood you are trying to achieve. Regardless of the color you choose, room color affects your mood, so decide on one that calls to your meditative needs, and makes you feel calm and relaxed.
NO TECH ALLOWED
While there are no specific rules to creating a meditation room, we would like to make one hard-fast rule: no electronics, aside from your music player. This means, no phones allowed.
We suggest that everyone should create a space in their homes for daily meditation; a space that provides you with the opportunity to recharge your body both physically and mentally, and keep you balanced. The benefits of meditation are still being uncovered, but all discoveries to date show that meditation has a rich healing, transformative power like no other.