If meditation is a part of your life or if you want it to be, you need to create a special space for your meditation. Having a space designated to meditation will remind you each day to make time for it, eliminate distractions that might interfere with your practice and create a space where you can recharge and renew your body and mind.
So, if you’re ready to make a special space for your meditation practice, find out how to get started with these tips.
Choose an Area
If space allows, an entire meditation room would be a great getaway, but is not necessary. Dedicating a corner or area of a room to be your meditation space will work just as well.
Consider the amount of foot traffic going through the area to ensure that when you are meditating, you will not be interrupted. Use a bamboo screen or curtain to separate the area from the rest of the room to create a unique space solely for your relaxation.
If there is no space inside, try creating a space in your garden or backyard. An outside space creates a great connection to nature and is usually a distraction-free zone. Weather may interfere with this space though, so be cautious.
The most important thing is that your space is separate from the rest of your home but remains inviting and comfortable.
Make your meditation space a strictly no-technology zone — No phones, TV or tablets. Items like to-do lists, magazines, laundry baskets and other work should not be in your sight while in this area. It’s also a good idea to tell anyone else in the house that when you are in the meditation area, they should avoid interrupting you if possible.
You want to be able to focus on your meditation and relaxation. Distractions will take away from the feeling of peacefulness that you are trying to achieve. Do all you can to give yourself an uninterrupted meditation session.
When it comes to a meditation space, less is more. A few basic and simple items in your area will create a serene and relaxing space. Consider a meditation pillow, a yoga mat or blanket, a small table for an altar and a throw rug.
You can also add a few other items that are personal to you — things that make you smile and feel relaxed. Just try to keep the space cluttered to set the tone for decluttering your own mind.
Activate All of Your Senses
Add an item that will stimulate each of your senses. For smell, add incense or a candle. For sight, bring in a painting or statue that means something to you. For touch, some mala beads or a stone to hold during your meditation will calm your hands. For sound, you can add quiet and calming music or use wind chimes for a more natural sound. For taste, keep a small glass of water nearby to replenish yourself after or during your meditation.
Having something for each of your senses will allow you to focus on your mind and body during your practice.
Invite in Mother Nature
Meditation is about connecting to nature and the Earth. Adding a small item will give you the healing that nature provides. Try a small plant, bamboo shoot, sand, shells or a small water fountain.
The touch of nature will connect you to the world around you and bring your meditation practice full circle.
Choose Lighting and Colors to Achieve the Mood
You may choose to make your meditation space bright and vibrant or you may choose to go serene and calm. Whichever you decide, make sure your lighting and color choices help foster the feeling you want.
If you want a brighter and cheerful area, you can let in natural light, use bright lights and choose vibrant or pastel colors. If your style is muted, use dim lighting and darker colors. If natural light still comes in, use a sheer fabric to diffuse the light and make a darker room.
The color of the area affects your mood and the lighting will set a certain tone, so make sure both are helping you achieve the meditation mood that fits you.
Now that your area is created and decorated, don’t forget the most important step: Use it. Set aside a time each day or week to use your meditation space. Also, make sure to keep your space clean and dedicated only to meditation.
The best thing you can do when creating your meditation space is to make it unique. However you want your space set up, be sure that it invites you in, makes you feel at home and creates a feeling of relaxation for you. The space is for you, so do whatever you want to make it your own.
Megan Wild is a ½ home designer and ½ writer. She loves finding inspiration from the outdoors and the places she travels to. When she’s not DIY-ing a project, you can find her chronicling her adventures on her blog, Your Wild Home.