How To Create a Home Meditation Space

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Meditating every day or a few times a week can have physical and psychological benefits. Having a dedicated space for your quiet reflection time can help your mind overcome outside obstacles that may negatively impact your meditation. Consistency can also be a great boon to your meditation process, by repeating the habit of relaxing in the same spot your body will learn this pattern and calm down more routinely as soon as you enter your meditation area. You don’t need an entire meditation room. A small corner, loft, alcove, closet, or even an outdoor space in your backyard could work.

Picking your location

Choose a space where you feel comfortable and can picture yourself being relaxed when entering. It would be wise to avoid a space near work-related areas, like a home office desk or laptop. Areas like this could distract you from relaxing by reminding you of financial duties or work deadlines.

Your meditation territory should also be secluded from social distractions, so a location where you are less likely to encounter other members of your household would be best.

Incorporate views or sounds from nature

Studies show that nature can have healing and soothing effects on the mind. If you find nature calming consider a room with a view from the window, even if it’s only the trees from your yard. Many people prefer fresh air from a window while reflecting. Perhaps you find the sound of running water from rain, or even from the pool outside calming. Just beware that the window could also invite distracting sounds like beeping cars or other noisy street sounds.  

Lighting can be an important factor

Consider the natural lighting and how you can adjust it to suit your meditation style. Sheer curtains can help filter the light, while others may prefer blackout curtains to make it as dark as possible. If you are unsure which lighting benefits your meditation style maybe experiment in a spot where the light can be easily adjusted with curtains or a dimmer switch.

Keep things organized

Ideally, you should only be surrounded by items that are required to meditate. For example cushions, pillows, mats, or whatever you need to sit comfortably. It is very important to have your area organized and free of distracting clutter like laundry or electronics.  

A lot of people may consider the smartphone an unwelcome distraction while others may find it to be a useful meditation tool. These apps can be convenient for practicing mindfulness in your everyday life and creating healthy habits. Many meditation apps feature breathing techniques while others focus on relaxation and well-being. Apps or your phone could also be used to play relaxing music or sounds from nature. Using apps is not necessary. Some prefer to keep their phones turned off or in a separate room so that they can “disconnect” from the distractions of emails and texts.

Personalize your meditation space to what suits your needs best. Just focus on creating an environment where you can feel serene and relaxed as soon as you enter your home sanctuary!

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