Creating the Perfect Meditation Space

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Creating the Perfect Meditation Space

Juliette Moore · May 7, 2019
A man meditates in the comfort of his own home.

When you first move into a new rental, you start to get settled in and eventually find a place for everything to go. Every room tends to serve some kind of purpose — the kitchen, dining room, and bedroom are are all very practical spaces in which you cook meals, eat, and sleep. But sometimes you’ll find that you have an extra room, or space within a room, free for just about anything.

While some may prefer to use any extra square footage in their apartment as a studio space, musical practice area, or place to put exercise equipment, you might be the sort of person who wants a zen retreat; a restorative oasis in which you can recharge your batteries at the end of a long day at work. After all, meditation is gaining in popularity, has numerous benefits for your health and overall well-being, and offers a special kind of individual refuge from life’s many stressors.

If you want to transform some part of your home into your own personal meditation area, you’ve come to the right place.

Finding the Right Space

Start by identifying an area that might be appropriate — a corner in your living room, perhaps. You might even have a whole extra room that you aren’t currently using for anything. Just remember to avoid any high-traffic areas, such as near entryways.

Once you’ve decided where your meditation space will be, it’s time to declutter that space from anything that’s not zen-related. For example, let’s suppose that you want the meditation space to be in your living room. You’ll probably need to think about rearranging the furniture in there in order to clear a space about five feet in diameter, as that’s about what you’ll need in order to have the necessary room.

Lighting and Decor

Lighting is another consideration to make here. You may see a well-lit area as a prerequisite for meditation, or you may find the dark to be more peaceful. Whatever your preference is, there are a number of ways to make it happen. If you desire natural light, plan to keep your meditation sessions close to one of your windows. Your desired level of sunlight can always be adjusted via curtains or blinds, giving you some wiggle room if you don’t want an excessively bright space. If you like it dark, you can section off the space with a long tapestry or curtain attached to a ceiling-mounted curtain rod. Another idea to try is a folding screen, which divides your room instantly (and with minimal hassle).

It’s also important to focus on the kind of ambiance that would be conducive to a proper meditation practice. A high-quality cushion of some sort on which to sit or kneel is indispensable, as is the odd throw pillow or two to add to the comfort factor. Other items to include might be some candles, a light blanket, a statuette, and artwork that resonates with you and puts your mind at ease — maybe some of your go-to mantras framed and hung up on the wall.

This is your time to get creative, but keep in mind that simplicity is usually best. Too many knick-knacks in your space can lead to a crowded feeling, which is pretty much the exact opposite of what you want. So stick to a couple of different elements and see what works.

Other Mood Enhancers

Besides the necessary physical elements your space needs, what about burning incense or using an oil burner or diffuser to impart a relaxing aroma? These can can be placed directly outside the area so as to not become overwhelming or lead to the aforementioned crowding/clutter issue.

You can easily find a broad array of essential oils in supermarkets, organic specialty shops, and through online retailers. The same usually goes for incense. Some scents popular in both meditation and yoga circles include lavender, patchouli, and jasmine. If you find that you’re prone to getting headaches from smells that are too strong, you might want to go easy on the amount of incense you burn or the oil you diffuse, assuming you choose to use any of it at all. Some people also prefer to simply dab a couple of drops of the essential oil on their wrists or other pressure points on the body. Plus, it leaves you smelling great!

You can also add to the ambiance of your meditation space by incorporating some soft music. A CD player works fine, but it may be a bit bulky. A suggestion to combat this would be to invest in a small but powerful Bluetooth speaker, which allows you to wirelessly play meditation tracks through your phone or computer. However you configure the sound in your space, make sure to choose music that will set the intended mood. Some fail-safe choices are Tibetan singing bowl sounds, nature sounds (rain, or a trickling stream), and healing chants. You can really get a lot out of your meditation practice with the right background music. Volume can obviously be adjusted as you see fit.

Regardless of how you choose to create your personal sanctuary, you can rest assured knowing that tons of possibilities exist for meditation space. It can be updated over time to suit your evolving needs, continually providing a peaceful haven from which to emerge more mindful and revived in spirit.

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