Every person has a safe place. For some, it could be the bedroom where they can sleep comfortably, the kitchen where they can relieve stress by cooking their favorite meals, or the bathroom where they can enjoy a warm shower or soak up in a tub after a long day at work. Of course, the meaning that we put in the safe place varies, but its importance is impossible to deny – we all need a quiet and peaceful place where we can relax and recharge.
For busy women like us, having some quiet and peaceful time alone is challenging to attain. So we have a lot of responsibilities and are always on the go that we do not have the physical and mental capacity to indulge in a much-needed rest-and-relaxation time anymore. I say it’s difficult, yes, but certainly not impossible!
As they say, if there’s a will, there is a way. Everyone needs some time off. Unfortunately, this generation has romanticized the idea that the more work we do, the more productive we are. While this is true, there is also harm in thinking that rest is out of the equation and that we are less effective if we rest. Science says that it is the opposite. When we are relaxed, our blood pressure is reduced, and that, in turn, improves the blood flow.
According to an online article by the Sioux Center Health, a person who engages in short-term meditation experiences a boost in blood circulation in the brain, improving self-control and focus. In addition, our body and mind are interlinked, so it makes sense to relieve the tension in one by relaxing the other.
We all need a place to rest our tired and overworked bodies and mind. And with this article, I will help you create your own meditation space. Whether you like it simple or something that comes straight from a Pinterest mood board, the most important thing is that the space should reflect your personality, and of course, you should be able to use it for its intended purpose – meditation.
Let us begin with some simple, easy-to-follow guidelines.
1. Set the mood with lighting
Lighting is a key factor in meditation as it helps set up a particular ambiance. Some people prefer to meditate in the dark, which is perfectly fine. You can start with window blinds or thick curtains to keep out the light from your meditation space and maybe add a dimmer switch or candles to create a creative environment. Others prefer a well-lit room to do their meditation, and with that, I will suggest taking advantage of natural light as much as possible. If the lighting in your meditation space is too bright, you can add sheer or thin curtains to filter and soften the light.
2. Choose a color theme
For your home meditation room, there are four major color themes that you can choose from:
Minimalist: this is best for people who find bold colors distracting. You can choose subtle, muted colors like ivory, beige, light grey, or pastels to follow a minimalist approach. You can also go all-white for a clean look.
Colorful: the exact opposite of a minimalist theme. This is for people who find inspiration from bright, psychedelic shades. A rainbow-themed meditation room can be a great option if this is your cup of tea.,
Spa theme: if you like going to relaxation places like spas and massage parlors, you might have noticed that these places want to use blue colors or marine shades in their setup. You can incorporate this theme in your home meditation space by choosing colors like navy, turquoise, aquamarine, white, and light green in the design and display.
Earth theme: this uses earth tones and colors that are associated with nature like tan, green browns, orange, yellows, and some red accents, too.
3. Keep the room uncluttered
A home meditation space aims to remove stress and clutter from our minds, but how can we do that if our environment is cluttered? A clean, uncluttered room can also reduce distractions while meditating, so ensure that the surfaces and space around you in the meditation room are free from unnecessary objects like phones, laptops, and television.
4. Be as comfortable as you can
Some people think it involves doing complicated yoga poses to achieve inner peace when you say' home meditation. If you can do yoga, why not? Yoga is an excellent form of meditation, and it is suitable for both the mind and body. If you cannot do yoga, no worries! You can sit while meditating. Just make sure that you are comfortable in that position. You can use a cushion, a favorite chair, a couch, or even your bed – anything to help you relax. For example, if you sit on the floor, put some blankets or cushion to put your hips in a higher position than your knees (there is less pressure on the knees!).
5. Add a personal touch
You can add a personal touch to your home meditation space by setting up a table or any landing place for things that you find meaningful. It could be a picture of your child or pet, a shell you’ve picked up during a fun beach trip with your friends, or a book you love. Of course, you would want to be able to see things that warm your heart and inspire you while meditating.
6. Use scents
This department has many options – you can use essential oils, incense sticks, scented candles, scented sprays, perfumes, etc. Using scents is to make meditation more powerful, a multisensory experience. When you use a particular scent, you associate it with calm and serenity. So, the next time you smell it – in or outside your home meditation space – you will be able to conjure a peaceful, stress-free environment in your mind instantly. That is the power of scents!
Last piece of advice
There are a lot of elements that you should consider when creating a home meditation room, but the bottom line is you can do anything you want (yes, really!) as long as it will give you inner peace any time, wherever you are. Just clear your mind and free your thoughts in any part of your house that you are most comfortable with – and do it regularly for the best results!