Practicing meditation regularly is known to reduce stress and help balance emotions. Other benefits include more focus and creativity, increased productivity, and better memory.
According to a survey by Hospitality Net, 87% of those asked believed that having an extra space in the home all to themselves made them better people and allowed them to recharge. Having me-time is undeniably important. Whether you wish to practice chakra balancing, Yoga, meditation, journaling, or any other activity that falls under the mindfulness category, having a space to call your own can benefit your health.
Here are some of our favorite tips for creating a meditation space.
Make it yours
Whether it's a closet, a corner, back porch, or an entire room, a space that doesn't get used by others is key. It's not so much about the amount of space as it is the idea that it will be able to be used only by you. If possible, finding a spot with natural lighting can be beneficial. Consider adopting a space in your home near a window that's not getting a lot of use. If natural light isn't an option, a salt lamp or other warm light can provide a similar feel.
Make it pretty
Fill your meditation space with mindful decor that provides feelings of joy, calm, and retreat. Avoid too many objects as you don't want to distract yourself. Singing bowls and crystals are good ideas and a plant or two can add a nice touch. Creating an altar can enhance your ritual.
Make it cozy
A soft seat, meditation cushion, blanket, or pillows are a must-have for an enriching experience. Typically, soft colors like blues and greens can offer a more comforting vibe. However, pinks, yellows, and oranges can be equally rewarding. It's all about what resonates the most with you.
Make it smell good
Whether you're a fan of aromatherapy, essential oils, or incense, how your meditation space smells can play a major role in how inviting the area is. Scents like jasmine, citrus, and peppermint will wake you up and invigorate your senses. Others such as lavender and rosemary have a more calming effect. Sandalwood and frankincense are ideal for clarity and centering the mind.
Make it sacred
Only use this space for mindful activities. Aim to keep it clean and free of clutter. With the exception of meditation apps, videos, and playlists, it may be a good idea for it to be a technology-free zone. Other than those things that cater toward your experience, things like phone calls, social media, and television shouldn’t follow you into this sacred space.