When I first started meditating, my first meditation space was my humble bedroom floor.
…. yep I kept things pretty basic in the beginning.
(Secretly, I also had very little idea what I was doing).
For some reason, I also felt slightly ashamed and embarrassed about being caught or seen meditating.
I worried what people would think if they caught me chilling on the floor in the lounge room in a state of trance.
Would they think:
- I was weird?
- Hijacked by some spiritual or religious being?
- In need of some serious help or maybe even just lost the plot entirely
The reason I felt this way was because I too had this particular perception of what meditation including the many myths and assumptions.
But, when my boyfriend and I got together, I was kind of forced to do my meditation elsewhere.
Not only did I felt guilty waking him up at 5:30am or earlier to do my meditation practice, but I also felt a bit awkward doing my “thang” right beside the bed as he slept.
That’s when I finally decided to come out of the meditation closet and create my own sacred meditation space.
And since then, I’ve realised just how significantly a proper meditation space can improve the quality of your practice.
Here are some key tips to help you create a meditation space of your own.
1) Find a Quiet and Relaxing Area
When creating your first meditation space the key thing you need to focus on is finding somewhere that is quiet and relaxing.
You may even find it handy to turn an unused or “not regularly” used room in your house into a meditation room.
This can be great because that way you can set everything up and leave it. Rather than having to unpack and repack everything before and after your sessions.
Ain’t no one got time for that!
The key thing is to find somewhere that is relatively quiet, away from lots of technology and where you’re unlikely to get distracted.
If you’re struggling to find somewhere in your house where you can meditate, you might like to do it:
- At a local park
- In a sauna (I do this regularly too)
- or maybe go to class
But setting up your meditation space can be much better, especially if you’re planning to meditate regularly.
2) Consider How Much Space You’ll Need
Depending on the type of meditation that you’re going to be doing, it would be worth considering how much space you’ll need.
Obviously, if you plan to sit in a seated meditation pose then you’re unlikely to need as much space as someone planning to do yoga, Tai-chi or any meditation required movement.
If you’ll be sitting during your meditation, you may like to aim for a 2m x 2m square space, or even a 1m x 1m squares, if you’re tiny. But a space that small will probably make you feel claustrophobic rather than free and relaxed, so I’d opt for the bigger size.
At the end of the day, it all comes down to personal preference and what you’re most comfortable with.
3) Avoid Clutter & Unneeded Technology
When creating your meditation space, it can be a good idea to keep things as minimal and uncluttered 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 or act as distractions by reminding you of all the things that need to be done…. or cleaned up.
Also avoid meditating in a a home office that contains a lot of technology. It has the tendency to trigger irritability and stress.
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, ipad or computer, it’s best to leave all devices out of your meditation space.
4) Add Some Indoor Plants
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.
What an awesome way to heighten your meditation experience and also add some natural colour.
5) Focus on Comfort
A common challenge that many meditation newbies experience is getting comfortable. I definitely struggled with this…
They don’t take up a lot of space, so are great additions to your meditation space.
You might also enjoy having a blanket over your as you meditate for some extra warmth and comfort.
- How a Zafu Meditation Cushion Relieves Back Pain During Meditation
- 5 Good Yoga Mats for Meditation | A Beginners Guide!
6) Strive for Dull or Natural Lighting
If you meditate early in the morning (eg. before sunrise), getting natural light into your meditation room is virtually impossible.
A nice way to have some natural and calming lighting in your room without turning the entire room lights on is to get yourself a Himalayan Salt Lamp.
Himalayan Salt Lamps are becoming increasingly popular because in addition to their beauty, they are believed to have some pretty awesome health benefits:
- 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 and add a rustic feel to your room.
I personally own several Himalayan Salt Lamps, and position them in different rooms including my meditation space.
If you’re interested in getting a salt lamp yourself, eg. for your meditation space, you can check out the brands I recommend and use below:
- What is a Himalayan Salt Lamp & Why Do People Love Them?
- 5 Things to Know Before Buying a Himalayan Salt Lamp
- Real vs. Fake Himalayan Salt Lamps & How to Tell the Difference
7) Create a Calming Ambiance
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.
You can burn different essential oil blends based on your mood or your favourite scents, helping you to get in the zone and feel great before starting your practice.
If you prefer candles or incense to oils, I’d just recommend avoiding candles containing additional chemicals or fragrances, and those made from unsustainable palm oil.
Sometimes it can be helpful to have a doona / bed cover nearby when you meditate, in case you get cold or would like some extra comfort.
This can also help you to feel cozy and relaxed as you meditate.
Some people also use mala beads during their practice, but I don’t recommend using these yet if you’re a beginner. It’s best just to keep to the basics.
As you get ready for your session, you may like to enjoy a warm cup of herbal tea, lemon water or just plain water.
Herbal teas such as Rose, Chamomile or Lavender are known to have great relaxation and calming properties. If you’re not a big herbal tea fan, a warm glass of lemon water can be a good substitute.
This is also a great way to hydrate your body if you are meditating in the morning.
Visualisation can be a powerful technique used during meditation. Often used to imagine your dream self, life and vision.
A vision board can be handy to have in your meditation space, so you can regularly look at it before and after your practice. This can help to give you an extra kick of motivation before you start your day.
As mentioned earlier, a Himalayan Salt Lamp can also make a great addition to your meditation space given it is relaxing and soothing to look at.
You can also try using candles.
Whilst meditating, try listening to some meditation music or guided meditations. They can have amazing effects on your mood and concentration.
Some people also like to use Tibetan Singing Bowls and played in certain ways to promote what they call “sound healing”.
If you love nature, you can always sit yourself outside as you meditate and listen to beautiful sounds of nature, such as waves crashing and/or birds chirping.
By using a combination of the above tips, you’ll be sure to set up a relaxing meditation room for your practice.