The way you organise your home sends messages about what is important to you. Some people prioritise books, bookshelves, and a comfortable reading chair or sofa. A movie buff will set up a living room that is essentially a home cinema. Or someone who loves cooking will have the kitchen as the centre of their home.
Creating a meditation space in your home is a powerful way of signalling the importance of meditation in your life. Setting aside a place dedicated to silence, stillness, and contemplation is a mindful act of self-care and prioritises meditation in your life.
Mindfulness and meditation practices respond to what is happening in the present moment in your current environment. You can make your meditation more accessible and more effective if you are in a safe and supportive place, that suits your tastes and spirituality.
Finding a suitable space
You don’t need a separate room for your meditation space. Setting aside the corner of your living room or bedroom, or an area under the stairs or even a large empty closet will do fine.
The amount of space you need depends on whether it’s just for you or a shared space, and whether you will be using the space for yoga as well as meditation. You will at least need room to sit quietly.
Decorating your meditation space
Think of what is meaningful for you. Without cluttering your calm space, you might consider what pictures, statues, candles, and crystals will help you focus on your mediation and avoid distraction. You might want to make your space comfortable and welcoming with soft blankets, rugs, and cushions.
Make your space a reflection of your inner self and what you need to feel calm, a safe place where you can retreat and find stillness and mindfulness.
Think of including elements that will calm all your senses. Include things like incense or essential oils, soft lighting, beautiful objects and pictures, singing bowls or music, and soft textiles and cushions.
Creating a sacred space
You don’t have to belong to any spiritual tradition or religion to find a sacred space helpful for your meditation. Consider including spiritual elements such as mandalas or an altar.
Creating an altar can make it clear that the meditation space is a particular space of quiet and ritual that should be respected. You can place anything meaningful to you on your altar, from statues of the Buddha to driftwood and unique stones collected on walks.
The most crucial thing in creating your meditation space is to make it one that suits you. There are no rules.