Do you want to read, journal, stretch, pray, or sing?
Whether it’s a room or a small corner, there are many ways to design your meditation space. Keep your objective in mind when choosing the following design elements, as they can range in texture, color, and sensation.
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Meditation has been proven again and again to be beneficial for mental health, with emotional and spiritual health being the main inspirations for creating a meditation room.
- Having a room dedicated to meditation provides you with fast access to relaxation.
- Reduces stress at home
- Helps fight addictive behaviors by managing emotions and impulses in a safe environment
- Couples’ meditation or family meditation can strengthen emotional bonds
The health benefits are the main reason to make a meditation room in your house, according to the wellness experts at FindItHealth.
Designing A Focal Point
Options for helping you focus your design are plentiful.
Think of finding a focus for your meditation room: an object, color, or texture that you will notice from even across the room. The familiar visual cue makes us feel welcome or stimulates inquiry. Trust what brings you joy, peace, or curiosity.
- A plant
- Cracked ceramic bowl
The focal point can become a ‘meditation friend,’ or cue, to habitually transition to a sense of peace and wellbeing. Do you like to color or monochromatic palettes? Does your space have natural light? The answers to these questions will help you choose your focal point.
A favorite textile can serve as a focal point. Brazilian cangas have a great “fall,” so they lie flat against a wall. Ghanaian Adinkra cloth carries conceptual writing, like the Chinese yin-yang symbol. Thick tapestries can reproduce historical or modern art pieces and have the added benefit of absorbing sound in acoustically bright rooms.
Sculptures provide a popular source of iconography – a Quan Yin made of jade, a Budda made of stone, a Marian figure made of wood, or abstract art from metal. Not sure which direction to go? Choose from the Wuxing: wood, fire, earth, metal, water interact in synergistic ways that can help you decide what you need. You can explore more options at Zen and Stone and find the perfect focal point that resonates to you.
To transition yourself into the space of relaxation, observe how you respond to sound. Especially for sightless or beginner exercises, creating a soundscape that lets you truly relax should be a high priority. Noticing sounds is always a part of meditation, so if you can afford a good speaker system, we recommend having the following background noise to create a positive atmosphere for your meditation room.
- Woodwind sounds like the Japanese flute or chimes create a sense of calm alertness.
- Flute music or ambient sounds soothe the mind and spirit
- Singing bowls and hand drum’s harmonics and repetitions move you into a trance, a feeling of connectedness
- Gongs are excellent for clearing energy, invigorating while calming
- Chants and songs from different traditions can inspire stillness (calm) or movement (joy)
- Water fountains mask outside noise while adding tranquility
Many people seek a place of calm in their busy lives, but movement and sound can also produce calm, so you can choose from a range of sounds that fit your needs.
Comfort And Texture
Furniture accessories help you enter the heart space of true relaxation. Consider the following range of meditation accessories because truly relaxing the body helps you still your mind.
- Woven grass mats have traditionally been used around the world for sleeping on the floor.
- Yoga mats or rugs can offer more cushions.
- Floor pillows and taller poufs are useful if you’re learning to sit on the floor.
- Hammocks, ottomans, or chairs are great for meditation if you need extra support.
Self-care is the whole idea here, so make sure you are comfortable above all else.
The best meditation spaces regard the power of light features. Make your mediation space feel more deliberate by trying and layering different light features.
- Light strings
- Natural light
Scents are known to evoke memories and enhance emotional states; remember to consider unseen fragrances that will let your mind become still. You can learn about brain fog and what creates it and tune your environment and health to support it.
- Many traditions use scents to inspire different states of mind. Fresh Spanish orange blossoms, Mexican copal, Indian Nag Champa, American sweetgrass, French perfume, and Chinese burning sticks are but a few incense and perfume types that will help bring together your meditation room design.
- Airflow can be especially important if you’re sharing the space with other people.
Relaxing in your house can be simple.
Creating a space where you can meditate and comfort your mind is beneficial to your health and wellness. We have systematically brought together an article that will give you ideas on putting together the perfect meditation room. Our health specialists have given you everything you need to get started on a room for your mind to relax and be at ease in the comfort of your own home.