Have you ever imagined having a space in your home dedicated to recharging your mind, body and soul? That special corner, which immediately brings you to peace, tranquility and a unique feeling of emotional well-being? A place that allows you to escape the daily stress of life and connect with a higher power? A meditation corner at home will provide just that.
Recent discoveries about the benefits of meditation show that the practice has a healing and transforming power, rich and unique. Some studies have shown that meditation does have the power to change the way our brain works.
Regardless of your reasons for practicing meditation, a surefire way to take your practice to the next level is to create a routine, complete with a special place where you can come back several times. Beginners and experienced practitioners will benefit from a “sacred space” at home to deepen their meditation practice.
Get inspired by these 10 steps to create your meditation corner at home, and remember that the most important thing is to follow your mind and your heart, just inserting objects you love, elements that create a personal feeling of Zen happiness.
1) Choose space
Do you have a place in your home with incredible energy? It may be in a room or a room that, when you enter it, your soul smiles. This place is ideal. In addition, you will prefer a quiet space in the house and definitely with limited traffic.
When choosing your ideal corner, also pay attention to lighting. For example, a room with lots of natural light instantly improves your mood. This means that you can choose a room where some rays of sunlight come in at the time of day you plan to meditate. Or, if you have the privilege, a space with a view of the sunset or a green area of the city.
Also consider an outdoor space. It can be on the balcony, in the garden, or even in the yard, as long as it allows you to relax your mind and body, without being distracted.
2) A serene color palette
Before thinking about physical elements and sensory objects, you also want to take into account the core of the place. To start, you can paint the walls to match the climate you want to achieve. Another option is to use wallpapers and give a special touch to the environment.
Choose a color palette that gives you serenity. Some may prefer pastel tones, thinking that they are more calming and relaxing. However, there are those who prefer dark tones, with the argument that they make the room look more cozy, creating an environment of greater relaxation.
When choosing the palette, remember that colors affect your mood, so do a lot of research and choose one that meets your meditation needs and makes you feel calm and relaxed.
3) Let the light in
As mentioned earlier, the best scenario is to find an environment with lots of natural light. To keep the atmosphere cozy, however, if you want some kind of window treatment, you can benefit from a beautiful curtain. The tip here is to choose a half transparent fabric, preferably with a light tone that diffuses the light, and adjusted to the chosen color palette.
If your chosen location does not have natural light, focus on choosing the luminaires. In addition to the decorative aspect, depending on your preferences, you may want dark lights, another time brighter. Be sure to keep both options, as your mood may change every day, for that, use dimmers, candles and colored LEDs.
If you chose an outdoor space, make sure the area is not too bright with sunlight during the period you want to mediate. If possible, try to create a shade, it can be an elegant umbrella or a structure that allows you to hang beautiful curtains. This will prevent the sun from irritating your eyes and keep your mind distracted.
4) Keep the environment clean and organized
And speaking of distraction, your mind will agree that there is nothing more disturbing than a cluttered area, especially when you are trying to relax.
This means that if you chose to meditate in an office or library, you may need special attention. Check to see if there’s a lot going on in the space, like a table full of backlogs, cluttered papers and cluttered cabinets, not to mention the stressful thoughts that usually accompany what’s in an office.
The chosen space needs careful preparation to become a quiet corner. Consider reducing site elements to the essentials. Excesses do not combine with tranquility, whether physical or emotional. A good cleaning with time dedicated to organization, a la Marie Kondo, are important premises when preparing the space.
Once cleaned and organized it is time to add some basic items, such as a small table, an oriental rug, blankets, futons and pillows, which will give an air of comfort for meditation. If you want to increase, a nice swing net or an armchair will take the levels of warmth to the highest levels.
5) Bring some nature
Nature alone is already organically relaxing and healing, so it makes sense that you bring some natural elements to the environment where you want to relax and meditate. In fact, mediation is all about connecting with nature and the environment, and if you can’t go daily to a forest to meditate in a naturally calm place, you can bring nature’s energy into your home.
Consider adding touches of nature to your meditation corner and it will instantly be immersed in harmony and balance. Choose the natural elements of your choice. It could be one or more plants – how about the scent of jasmine? Stones and crystals, jars filled with sand and seashells or even a small source of water.
6) Play meditative sounds
Although not an essential element, sounds can be very relaxing for some people. This is particularly beneficial for those who live in a busy area of the city, where sounds of traffic, trains and sirens constantly pass through the walls.
If you can’t meditate on the beach while the sound of the waves fills your ears, at least a small source of water can offer soothing sounds and drown out the sounds of the bustling city outside your home.
Or who knows, you might prefer meditative music, which almost silently plays in the background and helps to drown out all other distractions within the home, allowing you to achieve a state of peace and tranquility while meditating.
When choosing music, it doesn’t necessarily have to be classical music or a mantra, but any sound that you find comforting, like the natural sounds of the ocean, birds chirping or wind whistles.
7) Put a touch of personality
When creating your mediation corner, you may want to include some personal touches. It can be any element, smell, sound or object that particularly calms your body and relaxes your mind.
Think of items like wind chimes, crystals, statues, stones, amulets, books and works of art. Any of these are great elements to create a serene and peaceful environment for you to focus only on meditation, without leaving aside charm and personality.
However, remember that less is more, and you don’t want to overcrowd space. It is important that the environment remains clean and organized. Choose only a few pieces at a time and exchange them for different pieces from time to time, if applicable.
8) Enjoy aromatherapy
One element to consider for your mediation room is aromatherapy. The use of essential oils from plants, such as lavender, chamomile and mint, can really calm the soul, mind and body.
From burning candles and incense to diffusers, you can receive the benefits of aromatherapy while meditating. Aromatherapy not only helps you relax, it also offers other benefits. This form of therapy is gaining momentum and is a conventional healing aid that is believed to stimulate brain function.
There is also evidence to show that it boosts the immune system, relieves muscle pain and reduces or eliminates stress. All of these are great reasons to include aromatherapy in your meditation space.
9) Let the air in
In addition to the benefits of aromatherapy, you also want fresh air. Breathing can be considered the act that generates the most energy in your body. Its effects include increasing your brain capacity, improving your overall health and helping you feel refreshed.
If your space is outdoors, it will not be difficult to obtain. However, if you are indoors, make sure the room is well ventilated and have the opportunity to experience a cool breeze from time to time.
If you are in a room that has no windows, air conditioning, or ceiling fans, consider bringing a portable fan that also functions as an air circulator. Prefer one that has ‘silent’ technology, so that it does not interfere with your meditative sounds.
10) Keep the site free of technologies
Although there are no specific rules for creating your meditation space, you can establish a primary rule – without electronics, in addition to your sound equipment. This means that if you choose to use your smartphone to play your meditative sounds, it is important to disable all notifications. From the disturbing ‘ping’ of text messages, emails and phone calls, to the sudden illumination of the banner on the screen – just program yourself, and of course, you still exercise your discipline in preparing for meditation.
In addition to smartphones, it is also better to avoid other electronic devices, such as a notebook or TV. Categorically, you only need to connect with yourself during mediation.
Anyway, there are many elements to consider when creating a mediation corner. Now, put our tips into practice, calm your mind, erase all worldly issues, and open your body (and home) to the healing powers of meditation.