Home should be a place where we feel happy and relaxed, even if the rest of the world is hectic and stressful. For me, there’s nothing better than coming home at the close of a long day to somewhere that relaxes me.## Input It’s become more important than ever for me to turn my house into a personal haven and design a dedicated meditation space.
To make myself feel calmer and more focused, I’ve rearranged and redecored my living space to surround myself with things I love, colors that inspire me, and photos and trinkets from people who mean the most to me. These past few months have been stressful for me. One thing that’s made it easier to deal with them is starting a daily meditation practice
Before this quarantine, I wasn’t sold on meditation and all of the benefits experts say it had for your mind and body, but now I am. It wasn’t until I read this quote from Headspace co-founder Andy Puddicombe that I decided to commit myself to it for 30 days. Spoiler alert: it really does work!
“The mind” is something that, if not taken care of, will eventually break down and we won’t experience life in the happiest manner possible. But we often think that happiness is something that happens in the future: if you just get that thing, get that job, go to that place, be with that person. Happiness is something that happens in some far off time. We’re always looking ahead and somewhere else in the hope that it’ll be found. You’re going to have to give yourself up to finding happiness inside of yourself. There is nothing else to do but to get used to the mind as it is now. It doesn’t matter whether it’s a busy mind or a calm mind. Thoughts you like, and thoughts you don’ts like. “Pleasant feelings, unpleasant feelings—just get used to them.”
Wow. Aha This was the moment everything changed for me. After reading this, I realized that I need to stop trying to answer every question in the world right now, and just sit with my discomfort and try to work through it. It was important for me to be there. Patience was required. It was time for silence. Meditation was something I needed.
Enter my personal meditation room. Designating a specific meditation space in my home helps me commit to practicing silence, stillness, getting comfortable with my anxiety, and letting go of negative thoughts.
To design the perfect mediation space, I turned to my favorite interior designer, Jeremiah Brent. If you follow his blog, you’ll know that he’s a big fan of meditation and creating morning routines that set the energy and mood of the home. “Mindfulness” has always been a part his adult life but has looked differently in different seasons,” he tells me. “When Poppy came into my life and a few years later Oskar, morning mediation became a critical part of his routine.” “There’s something about reflecting and breathing that resets us and allows us to be our best selves for others.”
Create your own mindful corner.
Brent is all about making sure that you create ceremonies at home so it‘s important to create a specific space at home where you can meditate, which gives you the opportunity to recharge both mentally and physically, and keeps you balanced.
It doesn’t really matter where you set up your grow tent. Any place will do. You just need to create a special space where you can be alone and focus on your meditation practice. It’s not so much about having enough space to focus on yourself but rather choosing one area where you can focus for a few minutes every day.
Make it comfortable.
Brent tells me that when creating your personal meditation space you should consider three things: texture, scent, and lighting; touching on these three senses can help even the smallest of spaces seem serene. You should choose a space that is relaxing and calm, but in harmony with the rest of your house.
If you want to create a relaxing space for yourself, consider adding some rugs, throws, meditative cushions, or floorpillows to your room. We love layering wool blankets on top of carpets and using large pillows for decorating purposes. If you have the budget, invest in some meditation cushions. They’re designed to help relieve pressure on specific parts of the body, so they may help you stay present when your legs start to fall asleep or your back starts hurting.
We also love using natural light, sound baths, Himalayan salt lamps, candles, and aromatherapy oils. These are some of our favorite ways to create a cozy, relaxing environment. Adding these elements will go a very long way in creating feelings that are zen and help to enhance your practice.
Pick somewhere that has natural light.
Natural light is huge for helping me feel awake, focused, and grounded. You can see it everywhere in Brent’s home too. Create a personal meditation space in your home that has a window or a skylight so that natural light flows into your room. If you live in a small apartment or if you have limited windows, think about whether you can sacrifice some space in your home for your meditation space. Choose the perfect corner—it’s a space that you’ll use everyday, so choose an area that you haven’t been using as much as you’d hoped.
Keep it clean and uncluttered.
Less is usually better when it comes to a meditation room. You want this space look light, bright, and fresh. And, having clutter in your environment will probably make you feel more cluttered in your head. Choose an area where there are no distractions like the TV or computer out of sight.Don’t worry too much about creating an ideal meditation space. Just focus on removing stress from your life. You want a minimalist, no-fuss, quiet, and relaxing place that immediately makes you feel calm when stepping into it.
Bring in nature.
It’s important to incorporate nature into your meditation space. It’s ideal to practice meditation in an outdoor environment, but it may not be possible if you live in an urban environment like mine. But, adding natural elements such as plants, stones, and greenery to your meditation room will immediately infuse it with harmony, balance, and peace.
You can choose any kind of natural element you like or any type that brings you joy—a potted plant, a bunch of fresh flowers, a small succulent plant, decorative branches, jars filled with sand, or even a small fountain that trickles in a corner if you have space. If you’re trying to keep things compact and don’t want to take up too much space, built-in shelves are an ideal way to display a lot of little plants without taking up too much room.