You’ve decided what type of meditation style is right for you, and now you want the perfect space to practice it. The area you create doesn’t have to be a separate room. It can be an alcove, a corner, a nook, or even a closet. You can create a space outside, in the backyard, garden, or corner of the porch.
What’s most important is that you have a space with visual and mental cues that raise your awareness, calms your mind, and gets you ready to focus inward.
If you are beginning to create your meditation space, or want to change it up, I offer these eight ideas for GR8 inspiration.
1. Find a Space That Feels Right
Chose an area that is serene, calm, and out of the way. With practice, you can meditate anywhere, but the meditation space you create at home should fill you with a sense of peace and purpose.
2. Keep the Room Clean and Uncluttered
Physical clutter tends to clutter the mind, so keep it clean and uncluttered to minimize distractions. Your eyes should fall on a clean surface, not the computer, your phone, or any other clutter.
3. Make It Comfortable
You don’t need to twist yourself into a pretzel to meditate, but you do need to be able to sit comfortably. A chair, a couch, a cushion, or even the floor. It should be comfortable and dedicated only to your meditation practice.
4. Lighting Sets the Mood
Consider when you will be meditating. Some prefer first thing in the morning, others at night. If you meditate in the morning, natural light is ideal. If you like softer light, use sheer curtains on the windows. If you meditate at night, try a dimmer switch or candles to create the environment you prefer.
5. Bring in Some Nature
Nature can be soothing and healing, so bring some elements of nature into your meditation space. You can get fancy and choose something that references the four elements – earth, air, fire, and water. But even something as simple as a vase with a few flowers or a plant will work.
6. Make the Space Yours
If you want a shrine, by all means, make one, but it’s not necessary. But do fill the space with items that are meaningful to you: a pretty cushion to sit on, a picture of your dog, a statue that brings you peace. You want the space to inspire, ignite, and touch your heart.
7. Set the Mood with Scent and Music
Scent is a powerful prompt for mood and memory, so choose one that calms your mind and helps you focus. It can be incense, essential oils, or candles. In much the same way, music can help you go deeper. Create a mindful meditation playlist to keep you focused.
8. Take it with you
Meditating when traveling can be a challenge, so to help fit in a mini-meditation session, take a bit of your meditation space with you. A picture, a scent, a book – whatever enables you to focus.
Remember, there are no hard and fast rules for creating a perfect meditation space; the right area is as individual as each of us are.