Home 6 Ways To Create A Relaxing Meditation Space In Your Own Home
January 24, 2017
With the holiday season officially over, some of us are left feeling a little loose at the seams. A great way to find your center and re-energize is through practicing meditation. Meditation is powerful and much easier to integrate into your every day life than you may think. Set aside ten minutes of your day ( that’s less time than you spend scrolling through Instagram and checking your inbox while laying in bed at night, right?) to relax and let the stresses of the day drift away. Meditation, even in the smallest amount will cut down your stress level, implore sleep, and increase your ability to stay present. Just as you have spaces who’s sole purposes are to eat, sleep and bathe in, you can create a simple space for meditation and you don’t need much at all to get started!! Feel free to make your space as elaborate or as simple as you wish so long as it is a space that serves as a reminder to practice stillness and silence! Here are some tips to get you started on your journey towards a calmer you.
1 – Pick Your Space
This part can get tricky, particularly if you share your living space with roommates or small children. Consider a corner of your bedroom or a small closet that you can empty out. Try to stay clear of spaces near the kitchen or living room as these are commonly used areas and will open you up to disturbances. Another major element to consider is lighting. If you find yourself on the verge of falling asleep during meditation, choose a space with more light to keep you alert and in the present moment. On the other hand, if you find yourself not being able to quiet your thoughts choose a space with dimmer lighting to help settle your mind. Try opting for no overhead lighting and using a salt lamp instead, these are great for creating a cozy and relaxed atmosphere. Trust me, I sleep with one every night!
2 – Choose Where To Sit
There is no one right choice when it comes to where you sit during your meditation practice. Whether you prefer a floor cushion, yoga mat or upright chair, just be sure you are aware of your posture and upright position as this is crucial to being present and in the moment.
3 – Play Calming Sounds
If you are like me, complete silence makes my mind race with thoughts and I find it difficult to fully relax. If this is the case for you, try playing some soothing music or ambient noises to block out thoughts or noise from housemates and neighbors. If you are playing from your phone be sure to switch to airplane mode!
4 – Add Soothing Scents
To enhance a peaceful ambiance, throw some relaxing scents into the mix. This can be achieved by burning candles or incense, or by diffusing oils. Personally, I prefer an oil diffuser as you can use it for multiple purposes, especially when it comes to sleep! Certain oils will evoke moods and emotions when diffused which can play a very big roll in your mediation practice.
5 – Choose “Sacred” Decor
By sacred I am not referring to spiritual or religious (although, feel free to incorporate these items if it is part of your practice) but rather, choosing decor that represents stillness and items that are special and “sacred” to you, after all, this is YOUR space and it is being used for the sole purpose of relaxing and quieting your mind from the stress of the day. Choose calming colors that bring you joy ( these will be different for each person. ) Incorporate items from nature such as a small plant or flowers. I strongly encourage placing candles around the space as to create ” mood lighting” and a soothing ambiance.
6 – Get Comfortable
This is YOUR TIME to shut out the stresses of every day life and to focus on the present moment. Make yourself as comfortable as possible. Add pillows or blankets to cozy up your space. If you enjoy tea try creating a small tea area atop a small table within arms reach for easy access. Incorporating tea helps invigorate the senses which furthers your feelings of presence.