The clutter, piles of paperwork, bills, emails, text messages, social media posts, clothing, dishes, AHH! It’s all overwhelming and you’re on the verge of a panic attack if it all doesn’t get organized! Whether it’s at home or your office, things can just seem to pile up and feel like there is an uncontrollable chaos. We’ve all been there. We crave calmness and tranquility but there doesn’t seem to be time to even create your own meditation space to Sit. Relax. Breathe. There are meditation classes, meditation CD’s and even meditation books but sometimes all you need is a space of your own to meditate.
Although some people see meditation as weird it is simply because they don’t understand that it is a practice that can recharge and heal your mind and your emotional well-being. While most of us are aware of the benefits of meditation we still don’t practice it regularly if at all. We barely have time to fit in a workout let alone time to actually stop and breathe. One way to start is to create your own meditation space to Sit. Relax. Breathe.
Your meditation space can be as simple as transforming a small corner of your bedroom that is peaceful. Whether you have found meditation in your daily routine or not, creating a sacred space to de-stress and relax for some “me time” may start you on your practice to transform it into a more comfortable and tranquil experience.
There isn’t a specific set of rules to creating a mediation space but there are some key points to consider. What’s most important is that you find elements that you love to create a personal feeling of peace.
Create Your Own Meditation Space to Sit. Relax. Breathe.
1. Quiet Space.
You’ll want to find a room in the house that you can dedicate to your meditation practice or that has a space you can create your zen place, preferably a place where there is little traffic. A place where when you let out a fart or two, no one will be around to hear it.
2. Tushy Worthy Seating
Comfortable seating is an essential element of meditation. Depending on the space, a cushion, a comfy chair such as a rocking chair should suffice as long as it’s something that you can plant your tush for a while.
3. Lights, Camera, Action
Natural light will enhance your mood. Find a room where you can meditate when the sun goes down or where the room faces the sun for the time of day you will meditate. If there isn’t such a room, maybe a space on your patio or even your garden may work. As long as this place is one that allows for you to not be distracted.
4. A Touch of Nature
Having plants, flowers or a tree in or near your meditation space can be relaxing and healing. If you don’t have or can’t have plants near you having a window to overlook the outdoors provides a calming aesthetic to your mind.
Using essential oils such as, lavender and peppermint can be soothing and can increase alertness and focus. Before you start your meditation inhale an essential oil of your choice and use it regularly. You’ll soon find that just getting a whiff will bring you to a state of calmness. You can also use incense and candles.
6. Personal Calming Objects
These objects can make you more mindful to relax when you see them. They can be spiritual or religious in nature. These objects can be affirmation stones, a Buddha statue, candles or rosary beads or statue of Jesus or Mary for instance. They can be a glass full of sand and seashells or a spirit animal (mine is an owl, Hoot, Hoot! but I love elephants with their trunk up, they are said to bring good luck.)
Keep in mind that you want a clear environment to keep your mind open so don’t overcrowd the space. You may consider swapping out pieces now and then.
7. Writing Journal
Sometimes after meditating you have clarity on certain things and you’re going to want to write them down. Have a nice notebook with a fun pen ready to jot down your thoughts and feelings. You can even write down your personal goals.
8. Tranquil Sounds
Your meditation space would ideally be tranquil but if it’s not possible you’ll need to find some things to mask the noises. A small indoor waterfall can offer soothing sounds and may help drown out, for instance, the city noises. You can also play music without lyrics, such as, classical music or even the sounds of the ocean or birds chirping. Make sure to put it on repeat. You may want to stay away from Real Turkeys Sounds For Wild Turkey Hunting CD.
9. Dress Comfy
Dressing in comfy clothing so you’re not fussing around when you meditate. The last thing you want to do is worry about your panties creating a wedgy or having those skinny jeans you somehow got into cutting your circulation off.
10. Colors that Sooth
Choose colors that you like and bring you tranquility. Lighter colors open up a room and may be more soothing and relaxing but may not provide the warmth you seek while darker colors make a room feel cozy and intimate.
In the end, how you create your own meditation space to Sit. Relax. Breathe. is up to you. It’s your space to be Zenspirational and put together a space where you can have a routine that will heighten your focus and perspective. Where you can have a space to calm your racing thoughts and become more mindful.