A dedicated space for you to meditate enhances the practice that brings you incredible mental and physical benefits. We're sharing some valuable tips to consider for setting up a designated meditation room in your home.
Start Creating Your Meditation Space
Your house is your sanctuary. But even at home, there are times where we desire a break. It’s the truth. You need something to effectively eliminate distractions, reduce stress, and give you peace so you can return rejuvenated and focused. Meditation is that activity, and it’s more than just an excuse to have a few quiet minutes alone.
To start, studies have found meditation to be effective in easing depression, reducing stress, and increasing brain function. There really is no special equipment needed for meditation, it can be done anytime, anywhere. But having a dedicated meditation room will definitely help enhance your meditation practice.
It’s practical for a room to have multiple functions. Most of us don’t have the extra real estate to dedicate an entire room just to meditation. But you would absolutely benefit from setting aside dedicated space for the activity. For meditation, it’s about creating part of a room that brings you bliss, joy and recharges your mind and body. While there’s much to consider and explore, there aren’t official rules for creating a meditation room. It’s all about you. View our suggestions below for some inspiration in creating the perfect meditation room in your home.
Consider These Tips to Start Creating the Perfect Meditation Room
Turn on Your Radar & Explore Your Home
A meditation room should be quiet and private if possible, away from the noise of outdoor traffic and the traffic in your home. However, if the quietest spot in the house isn’t a place you enjoy hanging out, you may end up feeling more frazzled than refreshed after meditation time is over. Walk around your home, including the patio or deck and garden too, and find a spot that feels peaceful to you. Maybe it has a great view or the wall color is soothing. Whatever it is that attracts you, trust your instinct and make that your special room.
Less Is More
How can you relax in a space with piles of things collecting dust and begging to be tidied up? Be sure so clear the room (or space) or any unnecessary or excess belongings. You want to create a space that allows you to clear your mind and you don’t need much. Some items are needed like a yoga mat, pillow or some chairs and a table depending on how you decide you want to meditate. Consider some other elements to add personal flavor which we’ll mention later. If a candle or a special piece of statuary enhances your meditation experience, add it, but all in all remember to keep it simple.
Go Au Naturelle
Bring a touch of nature into your space, such as a potted plant or vase of flowers. A table-top fountain will bring the soothing sound of water into your environment, and it's a great place to nestle a few stones or shells. A water fountain also provides white noise to help drown out environmental noises you can’t control. Keep suggestion number two in mind when selecting natural elements for your meditation room. You don’t want to clutter the space or fill it with things that need constant upkeep.
Enhance Your Other Senses
Playing music and introducing aromatherapy to you’re meditation room is an incredible way to enhance the experience. While they aren’t essential, they do have the ability to aid in reducing distractions and transporting your mind to a more tranquil space during your meditation.
For meditation music, it’s important to choose something soothing and best if it’s free of lyrics. The lyrics will only lead to distraction and disrupt the meditation. Pick something that you like, whether its a soundscape of nature or ambient piece. Have it playing quietly and make sure it’s long enough to go on without interruption during your session. Music is an amazing way to enhance your atmosphere and creates a great foundation for a meditation experience. You should consider including it in your meditation room.
Aromatic Enhancements - What Scents are Good For Meditation?
Consider experimenting with a variety of scents to aromatically enhance your meditation room. Whether it’s burning incense, candles, or oils in a diffuser, you can benefit from the relaxing characteristics of a wide variety of scents. Some of the best scents we’d recommend for meditation are lavender, sandalwood, frankincense, peppermint or chamomile.
Light The Way
A room flooded with natural light would be ideal for a meditation space, but not everyone has a room with great natural lighting. And not everyone meditates only during the day. Enhance whatever light nature gives you with light, sheer window treatments that make the room feel cozy without blocking out the sun. Add track lighting that can be pointed toward the sides of the room instead of directly into your eyes or wall sconces that diffuse light horizontally around the room. If installing new light fixtures isn’t practical, replace the standard light switch with a dimmer so you can at least control the intensity of the light.
Refrain From Using Technology in Your Meditation Space
We’re not talking about the lights or music player, but cell phones, computers and tv’s can wait for later. Meditation is all about getting away from distractions and completely allowing yourself to relax. Eliminate these technological distractions from the space so you’re not accidentally hearing your phone ping or even tempted at stopping to look at those screens.
Consider the Choice of Color within Your Meditation Room
The color of the room definitely effects your mood. Make sure you choose a color palette that relaxes and calms you. Even though you’ll be meditating, what you see right before and right after actually affects how you feel. Some of the best colors to consider for relaxation include soft blues and greens, classic whites, sage gray and tans among others.
However You Design, Add Your Personal Flavor
This space is for you and it’s important to add anything that is relaxing and brings tranquility to you. Add some of your favorite artwork, stones or other comforting items. As we’ve mentioned, you should experiment with your favorite scents and peaceful music until you find something just that perfectly enhances your experience. Just make sure you don’t clutter the space. Let it breathe as you do.
Your Meditation Space Will Enhance Your Experience
When and where you meditate is all up to you. Ideally, you want it to be a calming environment that is free of distraction. Experiment with sensory elements like music and aromatherapy to enhance your meditation space. Add your own personal flavor to the space through choice of decor but remember to keep it simple. Everything you do to the space should allow you to relax and destress.
Meditation is a great activity for both mental and physical health. Where you practice definitely influences your experience. And when you’re able to meditate effectively, you can drastically improve your well being. Use these tips for inspiration and take a look around your home cause that might be all you need to do to find the perfect place to start.
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