Over the past year, we have found ourselves getting used to performing all tasks at home, be it the house chores, or work duties, online classes for the kids, and even all our creative hobbies. However, where it comes to mental wellness practices, a majority of the population left them at the yoga studios or the park.
With mental wellness practices such as meditation, a dedicated space is required. This is due to the many obstacles that are involved with meditation. Our brains adapt easily to consistent habits and sink into them easily with time. Your body and neural network will understand that this is when we perform the activity where we slow down for a while and go inside if we sit in the same position at or about the same time every day.
There are no specific rules for creating meditation spaces, however, there are a few things you can consider while choosing or setting up one.
The Look and Feel Of The Space
- Has A Good Feeling Attached To It
Rather than being in the center of a congested place, you want the room to be serene and quiet. You can do it anywhere, even on the subway, the meditation room you build at home, on the other hand, is the most wonderful of settings.
It's a small room, with just a few natural materials like linen, wood, and wicker, and it's decorated in chalky whites and earthy tones. The walls are purposefully left bare, and the floor has a smooth finish that runs the length of the space. The meditation room is decorated with candlelight, heated blankets, mattresses, eye pillows, and cushions before each session, making it feel very peaceful and cocooning.
- Is Clean and Orderly
Clutter around can be distracting to our minds, try to minimize these distractions. Ensure the place is orderly to a point that if you open your eyes, your line of sight will land on a surface not a misplaced newspaper, phone, or computer.
Find a spot where you can sit comfortably. It may take the form of a cushion, a chair, or a sofa. You are welcome to sit on a bed.
If you're sitting on the floor, prop your hips up higher than your knees with a pillow or blankets. This will relieve pressure on the knees while also opening the hips. If you're going to sit in a chair, make sure it has a good backrest or cushion. Meditation should be relaxing.
- Lighting Needs
The use of natural light is optimal. Then think about how and when you'll meditate, as well as your interests. Is it possible to soften and filter the light with sheer curtains? Can a dimmer switch or candles help build the right mood if the room is dark or you meditate at night?
- Collaborating With Nature
Nature is said to be calming and healing, so integrate some natural elements into your environment. Lena Franklin, a mindfulness-based psychotherapist and content developer for the Welzen app, says, "I want to see something that embodies each of the four elements — earth, air, fire, and water." “It provides universal harmony in the room from a deliberate standpoint. Nature can be as simple as a plant or a vase of cut flowers in your meditation space.”
- Make It Personal
A shrine or altar isn't required, but a small table or landing spot for significant objects is. It might be an image of your child or one of your pets. The things you see should help you move to a quiet, present mentality, ignite and touch your heart, and encourage you.
- A Beautiful Aroma
Using a scent, whether it's herbal candles, incense sticks, or essential oils, will help. The sense of smell is extremely powerful, It not only draws us to the location and practice but also further embeds the experience. It sticks to us more when it's a multisensory experience.
- Have A Part Of The Space With You At All Times
There will be something about your meditation space that feels exclusive and welcoming. If you know you'll be away from home for an extended period, consider bringing a little piece of it with you. It may be a sacred book, an important oil, or a snapshot. Your mind and body can more easily relax into the experience if you have something familiar in your temporary room, even if you are away from home.
It is not necessary to have a separate meditation room in your home. A corner, alcove, or even a closet can do the job just right. Having a physical space is ideal, but what matters most is the metaphorical space — our mentality, perception, and sense of motivation.
However, if you would like some interesting ideas to go by, here are some;
- On your swimming pool; a bit confusing I know, but picture this, having a floating object in your pool that you sit on, allowing you to hear various sounds such as the water moving in the pool. All you need to do is purchase a custom floating dock such as the ones offered by HiseaDock, and adding some extra cushions for an improved experience.
- Your backyard garden; make the nature around you be your reference point for the meditation practice. Here, you can enjoy the nature around you, with birds chirping, and a nice calm breeze.
- Your bathtub; light up some candles, get comfortable and enjoy the peace and quiet that comes with your bathtub.
Meditation is a healing process, it helps deal with the stress of our daily lives. While creating a meditation space, it's not mandatory to devote an entire meditation area; instead, choose a peaceful space with little ‘traffic' – sometimes your bedroom or a spare room will suffice – just make sure it's clutter-free. If avoiding this is difficult, consider putting up a mirror.