Between the stress of the past year and spending so much more time at home, many of us are re-imagining our home spaces and exploring meditation or rekindling lapsed meditation practices. Meditation is a process that enables the human mind to focus and develop perspective. Though its origins begin in Buddhism, secular meditation has attracted attention due to its health benefits, such as managing stress and anxiety.
As beneficial as is, beginners still hesitate. Many believe meditation requires a specific environment, such as being in a remote forest or a retreat. However, this is a misconception; rather than looking outside, one can easily create a comfortable meditation space inside.
Interested? Here are five tips to create the best at-home meditation space.
Pick a Private Space
Meditation can be practiced anywhere, by anyone, at any time. It can be at a park, a quiet library, or one’s workplace. However, meditating at home provides greater comfort, as one can better unplug and unwind.
Pick a space inside your home. It can be a garden, a closet, a hallway, etc. The size and shape do not matter, as long as it’s a space away from distractions.
Choose a quiet space, away from street noise or loud neighbors. Noise can be disturbing and interrupt concentration. If noise is inescapable, you can add a water fountain or listen to meditation music to block distractions and provide a soothing effect.
Engage Your Senses
Meditation emphasizes engaging in the present moment. One way practitioners do this is via the human senses, especially smell and touch.
In your meditation corner, incorporate smells that make you feel relaxed. Popular fragrances include lavender, sage, and peppermint; however, feel free to choose any scent you prefer. Options include using essential oils, scented candles or burning incense.
Likewise, touch can also help enhance your experience. Soft textures, as well as cushions, offer comfort. Also, consider meditating somewhere cool/ room temperature. According to experts, heat can induce stress and provide discomfort. Contact a 24 Hour AC Service if the temperature becomes a problem.
Make it Comfortable
Meditation requires one to adopt a position and remain still. Whatever posture you choose should be simple. You can rest anywhere, be it on a chair, a couch, or a bed. With this, one’s space should be comfortable.
If you sit on the floor, use cushions to prop your hips and knees. If on a chair, make sure you have a proper backrest and/or a cushion. Remember, meditation should focus on concentration, not posture.
Back when my daughter was a preschooler the leader at a meditation retreat suggested that moms of small children need one comfortable chair to retreat to. Having that chair as meditation spot, reading spot, writing spot can be a night and day difference for a parent. I kept a nook for myself for years.
Keep it Uncluttered
A person’s surroundings can affect their mood. If one’s meditation space is cluttered, so can it clutter one’s thought process. I spent most of my life in a cluttered environment and have recently begun to enjoy life in my own tidy home. This can start with a single corner or space and expand with time and routine.
A mess can be distracting. Make sure to keep your space clean and simple. To avoid other distractions, clear your space from any newspapers or magazines, televisions, or ringing cell phones. Turn any unnecessary electronic devices off and place your phone on quiet or “Do not disturb.”
Add a Touch of Nature
In a meditation space, plants add a touch of life. One can achieve this simply by adding a potted plant or a flower vase to their space.
Breathing is crucial during meditation, and plants are great air purifiers. Studies show plants are effective pollutant removers; they absorb gases and emit cleaner oxygen. Some NASA-approved plants include the Peace Lily, Chrysanthemums, English Ivy, etc.
This is a collaborative post and may contain affiliate links, from which I may receive income. All opinions are, as always, my own. While I am an ACE Certified Health Coach and Personal Trainer I am not a medical professional and the information provided in this post is not to be considered medical advice.