1) Choose a Feel-Good Space
You want to pick a room in your home that makes you feel good. This means a room that, when you walk into it, makes you smile. In addition, you want it to be a quiet room in the house, and definitely a room with a limited amount of traffic.When choosing the room, pay attention to the lighting as well. For instance, a room that has a lot of natural light will instantly enhance your mood. This means that you might want to choose a room that faces the sun for the time of day you plan to meditate. Or better yet, a room that has a sunset view—now that would be a gorgeous way to begin meditation!If you cannot find a ‘room’ that possesses these qualities, consider an outdoor space. This may be your patio, your deck, or even your floral garden. You want a place that allows you to relax your mind and your body, without being distracting.
2) Clean & Uncluttered
Speaking of distractions, there is nothing more distracting than a cluttered area, especially when you are trying to relax. You want to make sure there are minimal amounts of ‘extras’ in the room.This means that you should not try setting up a meditation room in an office. There is too much going on in the space with a desk, papers, filing cabinets – not to mention the stressful thoughts that come with what’s in an office – work, bills, etc.Consider emptying out the room to contain only a few elements. A few basic recommendations include a small table, a yoga mat, a throw rug, and a pillow for meditation.
3) Bring Nature Into Your Meditation Room
Nature is organically relaxing and healing, so it only makes sense that you bring some natural elements into the room where you want to relax and meditate. In fact, most believe that mediation is all about connecting yourself – mind and body – with nature and your surroundings. While it would be ideal to meditate outside in a calming, natural environment, it is not always possible if you live in a busy urban environment.Consider adding touches of nature to your meditation room— it will instantly become infused with harmony and balance. You can choose any natural elements you prefer. This could be a plant (consider the scent of jasmine), a vase of cut flowers, jars filled with sand and seashells, or even a small water fountain.In fact, a water fountain is a must for every mediation room. If you can’t meditate on the beach while the sounds of the changing ocean tides fill your ears, at least a small, indoor waterfall will offer similar soothing sounds (and will drown out the sounds of the bustling city outside your doors).
4) Play Meditative Music
Although not a necessary element, music can be very relaxing for many individuals. This is particularly beneficial for those who live in a busy city area, where the sounds of traffic, trains, and sirens are constantly coming through the walls.The meditative music, although quietly played in the background, can help drown out all the other distractions within the home, allowing you to gain a tranquil and peaceful state while meditating—similar to the sound of the water fountain.When it comes time to choose the music, it is recommended that you choose music without lyrics. It does not necessarily have to be classical music, but any sounds you find soothing, such as ocean sounds, birds chirping, or the whistling sounds of the wind. Make sure the tracks are long enough to continue playing through your entire mediation session, and consider putting the sounds on repeat to avoid interruption.
Another element to consider in your mediation room is aromatherapy. The use of essential oils from plants, such as lavender, chamomile, and peppermint, can really soothe the soul, the mind, and the body.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 provides other benefits. This form of therapy is gaining momentum and is on its way to becoming a mainstream healing aide that is believed to stimulate brain function.There has also been evidence to show it boosts the immune system, relieves muscle pain, and reduces or eliminates stress. These are all great reasons why you should include aromatherapy in your meditation room.