A meditation space is an area of your home to practice mindfulness, it serves as a sanctuary, and is an inspiring reminder that meditation is now part of your daily life. Having a special spot to meditate truly inspired me to make meditation a daily habit, and it was very important during the first weeks.
Creating a space that is purposefully peaceful, cozy and relaxing can make your meditative practice even more enjoyable (and frequent). Nothing fancy, just a designated space to practice stillness and mindfulness.
In my opinion, a meditation space should be welcoming and inviting to you and a reflection of yourself so go ahead and include some of your own personal touches. It can be any element, smell, sound, or object that particularly soothes your body and relaxes your mind. Think of items, such as family pictures, souvenirs from special occasions, chimes, crystals, religious figures, affirmation stones, and artwork.
You do not need “things” to meditate. All you need to meditate is yourself. But if you think that having your little peaceful corner can help you focus and practice meditation, here are some items that you may want to consider including.
A Meditation Cushion and a Rug
Having a rug is extremely important as it will serve to set the space apart from the rest of the room. After much practice, just stepping onto the rug will signal that it’s time to meditate. (You must take a look at this gorgeous hand hooked floral rug on Amazon).
On top of the rug, you can include a meditation cushion that will help you with your posture, ensuring proper alignment of your spine for a longer period of time. Comfortable seating to help you achieve mental clarity and concentration.
When it comes to style, you can find all kinds of cushions nowadays. If you’re a minimalist, you would love this ergonomic black pillow by Mindful Modern. If your meditation space has a bohemian style, you could go for this handmade cover with a Mandala design for example. You can also take a look at the amazing collection of cushions (zafu), mats (zabuton) from Dharma Crafts, experts in meditation supplies.
Personally, I have bought this simple meditation set by BeanProducts, as it offers perfect support for my spine allowing a comfortable position, which is essential for meditation. I prefer this brand as BeanProducts is in the market for over 30 years and has always been a leader in the manufacturing of eco-friendly home goods and wellness products.
Altar Table or a Chest
Altar means “high place” and it should be a physical manifestation of your inner spiritual landscape. No matter what particular flavour or style of spirituality you’re attracted to, creating an altar will provide a powerful focal point for your energy.
The look and feel of the altar will depend on you and your preferences: it can be small or large, fancy or minimalistic, just figure what best suits the rest of the items you have. If you’re looking for some ideas take a look at these beautiful mango wood handmade altars by DharmaObjects or if you have a different style, just follow this link to check more altars on Amazon.
Tibetan Singing Bowls have been used over centuries for healing and meditation purposes. I bought mine on a trip to Nepal in a small local store in Kathmandu where I also learned how to use it and it’s traditional purpose.
The authentic bowls are made with seven metals: lead, tin, iron, copper, zinc, silver and gold, matching to our seven energy centers (Chakras). They create a range of sounds to restore the normal vibratory frequencies of diseased and out-of-harmony parts of the body, mind and soul. You run the wooden part on the outside edge and it makes this beautiful sound which is also perfect for beginning or ending your meditation.
Singing bowls come in many forms and shapes, the most common ones are Tibetan singing bowls. If you want to get an original singing bowl I found a beautiful selection of traditional singing bowls at Buddha Groove online store that are handmade in the traditional Nepali way, where they were invented about 5000 years ago.
Candles, Incense and Essential Oils
It’s hard not to feel relaxed when your space is filled with the calming scents of lavender, sandalwood or jasmine. From burning candles and incense, to heating oils, you can receive the benefits of aromatherapy while meditating. Not only does aromatherapy help you relax, but it also believed to stimulate brain function.
Personally I prefer the lavender essential oil for my own meditation space for its properties and health benefits: calming, anti-inflammatory, antiseptic, and antifungal. If you’re looking for an essential oil you can trust go for Cliganic essential oils, since their oils are USDA organic certified, completely natural and tested for identity and purity.
Candles can also help to create a more soothing atmosphere and you can use it to help clear your mind and increase your ability to focus. One way to do this is by lighting a candle and focusing on the flame. Many people find it much easier to clear their mind when focusing on an object.
Plants & Wall Murals
A Salt Lamp is much more than just decorative lighting.
The original salt lamps are made from pink salt crystals extracted from the edge of the Himalayas. They are said to purify the air in a room by filtering impurities and improve your mood because they are natural ionizers.
Himalayan salt lamps are created from ancient salt crystal hand excavated by artisans from Pakistan. One of my favorite brands for Salt Lamps is So Well, one of the only salt lamp retailers dedicated to fair trade and sustainability and they offer superior quality lamps, including grey and white raw salt lamps, which are hard to find online.
Light and Fresh Air
Last but not least, light and fresh air. Your meditation space should get a lot of sunlight during the day. This will energize and cleanse the space. Besides light, you also want to make sure you have fresh air. Fresh air has many benefits, including boosting your brainpower, improving your overall health, and helping you feel refreshed.
Remember, you don’t have to go out and buy all of those things. Nobody needs all the things. Also, do not overcrowd the space. What is important is a clean and clear environment to keep your mind open. Just choose whichever resonates the most with you and start from there.
If you loved this article I invite you to also read the article How to Create an Outdoor Meditation Space.
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