Create a meditation space in your home. Why Not? Life is complicated for a lot of us these days – and COVID has added gobs to an already stressed-out world. One way to tackle some of that stress is daily meditation – time to clear out your mind and restore your focus. According to the Mayo Clinic:
“Meditation can produce a deep state of relaxation and a tranquil mind. During meditation, you focus your attention and eliminate the stream of jumbled thoughts that may be crowding your mind and causing stress. This process may result in enhanced physical and emotional well-being.”mayoclinic.com
If that sounds good to you, it may be time to carve out a space for daily meditation in your home. It’s easy if you consider the following:
Create A Meditation Space In Your Home – Pick A Quiet Space
Quiet is fairly essential for meditation. You can’t exactly clear your mind with the TV blaring in the background or the kids screaming to be fed. Select a space in your home, away from the madness, and if has good, natural light, all-the-better. Sunlight, according to selecthealth.org has 7 significant benefits including:
- Improving your sleep. Your body creates a hormone called melatonin that is critical to helping you sleep
- Reducing stress
- Maintaining strong bones
- Helping keep the weight off
- Strengthening your immune system
- Fighting off depression
- And can give you a longer life
With that list, sign me up for a quiet, sun-filled space and I will meditate away. You can grab a corner of your bedroom or office, steal some space from the guest room, even make a niche in your basement, if it has a decent window or two? The important thing here is to designate the space, kind of like Field of Dreams, “If you build it they will come.”
Choose Calming Colors To Create A Meditation Space In Your Home
If you can designate a separate space, or at least choose the color of one wall, you’ll want to pick a calming color to surround yourself with. According to homeadvisor.com there are 6 Calming Colors to Reduce Stress in the Home; they include colors like green, blue and purple, as well as brown/beige, pink and gray.
Add Natural Elements
Who doesn’t like a nice fern swaying in the breeze? Or maybe an electric fountain that makes lovely soothing sounds? Natural elements not only accessorize your meditation space, but they bring a sense of calm and peace. Bringing natural elements is a good choice in so much of interior design but especially in meditation spaces.
Smell is powerful sense. Incorporating aromatherapy into your meditation space can harness that sense and, according to healthline.com, provide benefits including:
- managing pain
- improving sleep quality
- reducing stress, agitation, and anxiety
- soothing sore joints
- treating headaches and migraines
This seems like something that truly goes hand-in-hand with meditation.
No Electronics Allowed
This one probably goes without saying, but say it I must. In your meditation space, make no accommodation for electronics, unless it’s an electric sound machine, or a fan. Don’t allow TV, phones, laptops or any other tech to creep in or the space becomes just more work space and mental noise creator.
And No For A Little Music Before We Go…
“Mediation is a vital way to purify and quiet the mind, thus rejuvenating the body”Deepak Chopra