Meditation may sound complicated or mystical, but it is really simply making time to step away from the hectic pace of life and sit quietly, thinking about specifically focused thoughts. Many people discover that practicing meditation reduces stress and refreshes and uplifts their minds.
Finding a place to sit and think is the start of creating a habit of meditation. You probably already have a spot inside your home that will work perfectly. Follow these steps to make your own meditation nook at home:
- Find a relaxing, cozy nook that is quiet. This could be an entire unused room, a closet, a corner of a quiet room, or a loft area.
- Remove clutter from the space. In order to quiet your mind to be able to focus on thinking good thoughts, it helps to have a spot that is not filled with distracting items. This doesn’t mean your room is filled with a cluttered and disastrous or embarrassing mess. Even a neatly organized bookshelf filled with books may be enough to make it difficult to stay focused while meditating.
- Close the door, or put up a divider to separate the space from a hustling bustling household. If the spot you have chosen allows for it, shut the door so that you are alone in an atmosphere of peace and quiet. If your home does not allow to dedicate a closed-off area for mediation, put up a divider screen that separates the quiet area from the daily living space.
- Add some comfort by tossing in some fluffy pillows. You may be here a while, so it’s important that you are as comfortable as possible. Nothing is possibly more distracting that aches and pains that crop up while trying to meditate simply because you are sitting on a hard floor or uncomfortable chair. Do your best to make the area as invitingly cozy and comfortable as you can.
- Personalize the nook by adding pieces that remind you to relax and focus. Only you know what makes you feel completely at peace and what makes you feel anxious. Surround yourself with items that create a peaceful feeling.
- Add some plants, a small inside bubbling fountain, or a jar of sand. Plants do more than just decorate a room. We interchange oxygen and carbon dioxide with plants, making it a helpful exchange for both the plant and us. So, plants are great to have in the meditation space. Some find bubbling water sounds to bring a sensation of peace. Others enjoy a representation of the beach, such as a jar of sand, or other places that have made them feel happy.
- Turn off the lights, light a candle, or choose a spot that allows you to dim the lights. Bright lights stimulate us, so when it’s time to focus on meditating, it’s best to dim the lights.
- Add a pleasant aroma with essential oils diffusing or scented candles. The sense of smell is one of our strongest senses to stir up memories, whether good or bad. Try to fill the meditation room with aromas that encourage happiness or take away the stress.