To counter all the stress and overwhelm we experience in our day-to-day lives, creating a space where you can you can unwind, relax and chill out is becoming more and more important.
This can be easily solved by creating your very own meditation room and space of relaxation!
A meditation room can help to relieve stress and promote better sleep, in addition to many other health benefits.
Some of you may have access to a spare room that you can transform or play around with. Others may live at home or have kids running through the house. Either way, just work with what you have available to you.
As an example, I’m still living at home with my family, so I use my bedroom as my meditation space. It’s a small area and doesn’t satisfy all of the characteristics below, but it works for me because I’m less disturbed there compared to other rooms in the house.
When creating your meditation space, there’s really no “one way” to do it.
Here are five ideas to help you create a meditation room and a relaxing space that you love.
1. Find a Relaxing and Quiet Area
The most critical consideration when creating your meditation room is to find somewhere that is quiet, relaxing and where you won’t be interrupted.
Preventing disruption and distraction during your practice will be one of the biggest challenges you’ll face with your practice.
If you have an active family or live at home with your parents, this can be challenging! But, even just somewhere small and peaceful will suffice.
It can also help to let you family or housemates know when you’re meditating, so that they’re aware not to interrupt you for that period of time.
2. Avoid Cluttered Rooms
When creating your meditation room, be as minimalist as possible. You’re trying to cleanse your mind, not overwhelm it.
Cluttered spaces are not good for meditation because they can stress you out by reminding you of all the things that need to be done…. or cleaned up.
This defeats the purpose of your meditation practice – to relax and unwind.
Also avoid meditating in an office, if you work from home.
3. Get Away From Technology
Technology is known to have many negative impacts on our health, including the amount of electromagnetic radiation and positive ions they release into the air.
Technology also has the tendency to trigger irritability and stress, which is why you want as little as possible in your Meditation Room.
If you’re using your phone for the “Insight Timer” app or for background music, that’s ok. But, if you don’t need your phone, definitely LEAVE IT AT THE DOOR!
4. The Power of Nature
Did you know? Science has revealed that people with more frequent contact with nature are genuinely happier and healthier people.
They show improved mood, greater life satisfaction, lowered stress and anxiety, improved sleep, greater concentration, mindfulness and have less head-aches than those who don’t.
This is partly because the air outside contains a great source of negative ions which are known to have amazing health benefits by purifying the air around us. These ions have been found to enhance relaxation and promote natural healing within the body.
By contrast, the air we breathe inside our houses is often deficient in negative ions, stale, dry and contaminated – Eww!
You can get a good dose of negative ions by getting out in nature
Take time out to go waterfall chasing, walk along the beach, sit outside during a thunderstorm (under cover of course) or even just get out in some sunlight. If you’re a busy bee, like many of us are, you can also get a fair dose of negative ions by adding nature in and around your house.
You can do this by:
- Investing in a Himalayan Salt Lamp or Candle Holder
- Adding a live pot plant to your room (strive for low maintenance plants so you can’t kill it easily )
- Opening up windows and curtains to let natural light in
If you meditate early in the morning before sunrise, like I do, getting natural light to stream into your meditation room is virtually impossible. But this may suit you if you meditate during the day.
Alternatively, having a plant or a Himalayan Salt Lamp can give you with the same benefits of nature, but without having to leave the house.
Himalayan Salt Lamps are becoming increasingly popular because of their perceived health benefits including that they:
- Purify the air by restoring and preserving natural air quality
- Correct the imbalance of ions in our home environments
- Neutralise the Electromagnetic Field (EMF) that we get in our homes due to having so many electrical devices around us
- Reduce symptoms of asthma, allergies and other illnesses
- Improve sleep
- Improve mood and reduce stress or anxiety symptoms
- Increase energy levels
- Boost serotonin levels (Happiness vibes!)
Being made of a big chunk of orange hand-carved Himalayan salt, they make for beautiful home décor as well.
I personally own two Himalayan Salt Tea-Light Candle Holders and two Himalayan Salt Lamps – Yep I know I’m crazy but they’re my newly found addiction! I find them to be soothing and relaxing, especially after a busy day at work.
If you’d like to add some natural vibes to your room, but want something low maintenance, look no further than a Himalayan Salt Lamp. I can highly recommend it.
Here’s the link to the Salt lamp I bought and have at home, if you’re interested in checking it out.
5. Aim to Satisfy All 5 Senses
It’s believed that optimal meditation is achieved when all of your senses are in harmony with one another. This is why it is important to set your room up with things that satisfy all five senses – smell, sound, sight, touch and taste.
Don’t worry, it’s simpler than it sounds.
I’ll share some ideas below to help get your creative juices flowing.
Smell can have a profound influence on your mood and stress levels during meditation.
To create an uplifting and calming environment for your practice, I highly recommend using an oil diffuser or burner with 100% pure essential oils.
Click here fore more info on essential oils.
You can burn different essential oil blends based on your mood or your favourite scents which can help to get into the zone and feel great about starting your practice.
If you prefer candles or incense, these can work too. Just avoid candles containing additional chemicals or fragrances.
Otherwise, you could get headaches from the fumes they release when being burned. Strive for all N.A.T.U.R.A.L instead!
Whilst meditating, try listening to some meditation music or guided meditations. They can have amazing effects on your mood and concentration.
I highly recommend “Insight Timer”. This app is FREE (which is a rarity these days) and has an awesome range of music and meditation audios that you can sort through.
Tibetan Singing Bowls are also really cool. When you tap a stick or object on them they make a beautiful ringing sound.
I have seen and heard people use them as a way to signal the start and end of their practice, but I don’t personally own one yet.
As I mentioned earlier, Himalayan Salt Lamps/Candle Holders can make great additions to your meditation room.
In addition to their diverse range of health benefits, they can be a great thing to look at during your meditation practice to improve focus and peace.
I personally love to have my Himalayan Salt candle holder in front of me whilst I meditate, so I can see and feel that warmth of the flame flickering in the dark. I find it very calming and soothing during my practice. You should give it a try too!
If you don’t have a Himalayan Salt Lamp at home, you can read more about them here.
Alternatively, you can use a nice big candle instead (but again, make sure that it’s made of natural ingredients so you’re not releasing chemicals and fumes into the air around you
Appealing to your sense of touch can also important to improve the quality of your meditation practice.
If you are meditating during the colder months of Winter, a nice warm & cozy blanket can be really helpful. It can be a simple way to improve comfort and also help you to relax during your meditation practice..
Some people also like to use mala beads, but as a beginner, I think you can get away with not having them. I suggest investing your time and money elsewhere at this stage.
Mmm my mouth is starting to water already…. which shows how powerful this sense really is!
As you get ready for your session, why not have a nice warm cup of herbal tea.
You can try a Rose, Chamomile or Lavender tea blend as these ingredients are all known for their incredible relaxation and calming properties. They would work perfectly to get you in the mood for your meditation practice.
Try to avoid teas that are high in caffeine – for example green tea. You want to feel relaxed and unwound during meditation, not restless or wide-awake.
If you’re not a big tea fan, a glass of water is a perfect substitute. It may sound a bit boring, but your body will love you for it.
So there you have it, 5 Meditation Room Ideas to help you improve the quality of your meditation practice.
I hope you have found these ideas to be helpful, encouraging and insightful. Now you can start adding some things to your meditation room!
PS. It’s ok to just add one thing gradually at a time, rather than buying multiple things at once. It just depends on your preferences, budget and of course your objectives with meditation.
To give you an idea, I personally own and use the following products in my own meditation room:
- A Gaiam yoga mat for some additional comfort
- A zafu meditation cushion to help with the height of my pelvis and to reduce back pain
- Himalayan salt lamps and candle holders for added relaxation and ambiance
- An oil burner and 100% essential oils to release beautiful aromas as I meditate, and
- Insight Timer for meditation music and guided meditations.
I wanted to highlight this to show that I’m not just recommending these items to you just because I can. I have experience using them and find they do make a big difference to my meditation practice.
If you have any questions about creating your meditation room, feel free to write a comment in the box below.
Other than that, I wish you all the best with your meditation space – how exciting!!