Pick somewhere that has natural light.
Natural light is huge in helping me feel awake, grounded, and focused. I recommend choosing an area in your home for your personal meditation space that has a window or skylight and allows natural light to flow into your space. If you are living in a small apartment or have minimal windows, consider rethinking certain rooms or areas in your home to accommodate — can you sacrifice some space in your WFH area, dining area, or living room to devote to your meditation space? Get creative in choosing the perfect corner — remember, this is a space that you will (hopefully) be using every day, and rethinking areas that may not be getting used as much as you had originally thought may be the best option for creating your perfect meditation space at home.
Keep it clean and uncluttered.
When it comes to a meditation space, oftentimes less is more. You want this space to feel light, bright, and clean. And, having clutter around you will most likely have you feeling more cluttered in your mind. Try to choose an area that has distractions like the TV or your computer out of sight. Remember, the whole point of meditation is to remove stress from your life, so don’t create extra stress by trying to perfect an over-the-top meditation space. You want a minimal, no-frills, quiet and relaxing space that instantly makes you feel calm when you step into it.
Make it feel calm and cozy.
When you meditate, you want to be as comfortable as you possibly can, so loading up on rugs, throws, meditation cushions, or floor pillows can transform your corner into a cozy meditation oasis. We love layering sheepskins on top of rugs, and using large pillows to deck out the space. Or, if you have the budget, consider investing in a few meditation cushions — they are designed to help alleviate pressure on certain parts of the body, as I know it can be challenging to stay present if your leg is falling asleep or your back starts to hurt. We also love using sound baths (if you don’t want to buy your own, there are lots of sound bath playlists on line you can play instead), Himalayan salt lamps and candles are another great and easy way to set a comfy, serene vibe in your space.
Bring in nature.
Nature is organically relaxing and healing, so it’s important to bring some natural elements into your mediation space. While it’s ideal to meditate on the sand by the beach or another calming, outdoor environment, it’s not always possible if you live in a busy urban environment like myself. But, adding natural touches of plants, stones, and/or greenery to your meditation space will instantly infuse it with harmony and balance. You can choose any natural elements you like or any type of nature that brings you joy — this can be a potted plant, a vase of cut flowers, a small succulent garden, jars filled with sand or seashells, or even a small electric water fountain that trickles in the corner if you have space — (talk about zen vibes!) If you’re trying to keep things compact, built-in shelving is an ideal way to display lots of little green things without encroaching on valuable real estate in your space.
Add a personal touch.
When creating your mediation space, you definitely want to include some of your own personal touches. This can be anything from a smell, sound, or object that particularly soothes your body and relaxes your mind. Think of incorporating things like a diffuser with essential oils, candles, bells, chimes, crystals, a statue of Buddha, mala beads, words of affirmation, or artwork. Adding any of these to your space are great ways to create a serene and peaceful environment that feels unique to you, and allows you to get excited and focused on meditating. Remember, however, that you do not want to overcrowd the space. It is important for a clean and clear environment to keep your mind open. Choose only a few pieces at a time, and swap them out for different ones every now and again if you cannot decide. Remember, this is a personal experience and is meant to inspire you to connect with yourself, so have some fun with it!