By guest author, Alejandra Roca
Meditation is a powerful technique for reducing anxiety and increasing productivity. Like EFT, reciting mantras, and energy healing, meditation is most effective when practiced regularly. Designating a “sacred space” at home to meditate can help you deepen your practice. The ideal space is quiet and free from interruptions, a place you’ll be happy to return to each day as part of your routine.
There is no one-size-fits-all approach to finding the perfect meditation spot. Meditation is unique in that you can practice almost anywhere – from the most extravagant gardens to the humblest of closets – so don’t worry if your space isn’t super-fancy. The most important thing is to pick a spot that brings you joy and evokes a sense of peace. Choosing the correct spot ultimately depends on the size of your floor plan, time of day you’ll be practicing, and distractions present in your home.
If you have the space (such as in a house or townhouse), a room or a garden might be the perfect designated meditation area. If you don’t have much room to spare (in an apartment, condo, or studio), consider repurposing a patio, terrace, closet, or corner of a room into a meditation spot. There are many ways to get creative with your space, regardless of size!
As you walk through your home looking for a space, keep in mind the time of day you’ll be practicing. If you are a morning meditator, facing a southeast corner will bathe you in the soft light of dawn. If you tend to meditate in the evenings, facing a northwest corner will allow you to bask in the sun’s waning rays. The ideal spot will have lots of natural light and minimal distractions.
Avoid high-traffic areas where distractions are likely to interrupt your practice. This could include the kitchen, the living room, the bathroom, anywhere near the front door, facing the street, your home office (may drag your mind toward work), and your bedroom (you may be tempted to nap). You want to feel energized and grounded, not drowsy or pulled in a million directions by the kids, the dog, etc.
Now that you’ve found your ideal meditation location, you can focus on the fun part – decorating! Adorn your space with the bare necessities, or jazz it up with Zen decor touches – just make sure there are no distractions in the room to hinder your energetic healing practice.
The simplest – and often most effective – meditation spaces feature only the essentials: meditation cushions, natural light, fresh air, and something with personal or of spiritual significance, like bells, crystals, or affirmation stones. If you have the budget, you can jazz up your space by adding décor such as incense burners, singing bowls, decorative cushions, a Zen sand table, aromatherapy diffusers, an altar, candles, and air-filtering plants such as Philodendron, Pothos, and Monstera deliciosa (these low-light houseplants are relatively easy to care for). Opt for a serene color palette in the room – neutrals, earth tones, and off-whites are what you’ll find in monasteries, though you can play around with darker colors or pastels. Avoid blindingly bright colors or glossy white – you don’t want to be squinting at the sunlight.
Again, make sure to minimize distractions. Remove clutter, TV, toys, and paperwork. If your window has a bad view, use Japanese rice paper or glass decals to shut out the world without compromising your natural light. For more privacy, consider hanging curtains or room dividers. Decorate your space in a way that evokes a meditative mood.
With a little planning, a dash of inspiration, and a shoestring budget, you can create a unique meditation space that will help you deepen your practice and reap the benefits of daily meditation. It will double as a space to practice energy healing, reciting mantras, and EFT. What does your dream meditation space look like? Let us know in the comments below!
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