While I’m a firm believer that meditation can be done from anywhere (your car, standing up, your bed), there’s something really cool about having a designated area to be still with your thoughts. That doesn’t mean we all have an extra room waiting for our meditation needs (I definitely don’t!), but I do think most of us have a little area that we could make work. If you’re looking for a small space to call your own or possibly practice meditation, here are some ways to create it.
Find your Space
The first step is obviously finding said place. I’ve had a meditation space in the corner of a walk-in closet before, but it can also be a corner of an office, a chair in your living room, or even somewhere on a patio or yard. Simply find a space that has potential and enough room for a few things and your body to sit.
Make it Comfortable
You can do this a lot of ways obviously, but I recommend getting a small rug, blanket, or pillow to either sit on or lay over a chair. Think about different textures that feel best to you. I personally like to be cozy when I meditate (or at least having the option) so that I’m not thinking of how cold I am. Plus, being comfortable just makes the whole experience more peaceful in my opinion. Especially if the area consists of you sitting on a hard surface, make it somewhere you’ll actually like to sit. A big lounge chair or corner of your couch count, too!
Bring in Candles
I’m pretty sure candles are scientifically calming (or they should be), which is an important aspect of a meditation corner. I also love the act of lighting one of my favorite candles before meditating to signify the start of the practice. A diffuser or something with a pleasant smell could work well too, but I do appreciate the flicker that comes with a candle.
Consider Spiritual Elements
This can literally be anything – whether it’s crystals, something religious or something that ties you to the universe in the most non-woo woo way. It’s simply an item that connects you to something outside your body and can act as a reminder to think of yourself as a small speck in a huge universe. OK, that sounds woo-woo but you know what I mean!
Keep it Clean
The whole point of meditation is giving your brain a chance to relax. To turn inwards. And I don’t know about you, but my mind ain’t going anywhere if the space around me is messy. Like any other area of your home, wipe things down weekly and keep this area sacredly clean. If you use a blanket or pillows, wash them often. An air purifier is another way to clear the air, literally, to make the space feel calming.
Plants can not only rid the air around you from toxins (so that helps with the step above), but they also bring in an element of Earth. Especially if you live in a busy city or far from what feels like nature, I can’t recommend this enough. It doesn’t need to be anything fancy, a couple succulents will connect you to nature while keeping things easy. A water element is a good option as well!
Alright, that’s about it! I’m sure there are other things that can add to a spiritual corner, so I’d love to hear your ideas. Do you have a sacred little space for your meditation? Do you meditate at all? Let me know!