A short guide to assist you in setting up your meditation area
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Have you made meditation a part of your daily practice and want a dedicated meditation room or spot in your home? In this blog, you will discover how to create your own unique meditation space that you enjoy sitting in and that offers a great atmosphere for meditation.
3 Things To Consider When Creating A Meditation Spot For Your Daily Wellness Routines and Rituals
There are a few things to think about when it comes to choosing and setting up your meditation space. For some of us, we might want to really get it set up and decorated and be all about getting the right vibe! For others, they may not really care about having certain items in the meditation room and just being able to have some time alone and close their eyes is enough! Let's explore the different things you may want to consider when creating a meditation spot for your practices and routines.
1. Your Meditation Location
Deciding where to meditate and creating a beautiful sacred space for yourself doesn't have to be difficult, and you don't need to be a perfectionist about it. The main thing is that your meditation room or area is a place that can enhance your spiritual / well-being practice and is generally a spot you love to be in and you feel safe and calm in the environment so you can drop in and be.
No matter if you own your own home, are renting a small apartment, are a digital nomad that lives in your van, or reside off-grid in your cabin, you can create a great meditation spot to go to for your meditation, mindfulness, spiritual, or personal development practice.
Know that you can meditate anywhere - inside (in the corner of your bedroom, in a fully furnished room solely for you and your practices, on your bed, sitting on a cushion in your lounge, etc) and outside (in a park, sitting on a bench, at the beach, sitting on the bus or train, etc). Don't let your current situation or surroundings prevent you from cultivating time and energy toward your holistic health and wellbeing.
2. Comfort (Seating, Temperature, Safety)
Seating and Body Position
You want to ensure that you are comfortable when you meditate so you and fully relax and surrender to the meditation without being in pain or needing to move about. If sitting on a meditation cushion on the floor causes your legs to go numb or hurts to be in that position for a long duration, don't force yourself to!
Sit on a chair, couch, or place that feels right for you. You may even want to lie down on your yoga mat or bed, however, this may cause you to fall asleep...Try a few different positions and see what feels good to you. If you can, keep a straight spine to remain in a good posture.
When you are meditating, you don't want to be too cold or too hot. This is because again, you want to feel content and be able to sit and be without needing to adjust yourself and move around (unless you are doing a movement meditation, specific guided practice, or are releasing trauma/tension/emotions in the body - where movement is beneficial!). If it's summer, you could open a window, turn on the fan or sit in a cool spot out of the sun. If its winter, light the fire, turn on the heater, or wrap up warm.
You may want to keep a blanket in your space that you could easily drape over yourself when needed or remove if you need. Overall, feeling content with your body temperature or room temperature will make the meditation experience more enjoyable for you.
Feeling safe in your meditation environment is key in order to surrender and relax into the present moment and move from an activated sympathetic nervous system response (fight/flight/freeze/fawn) to an activated parasympathetic nervous system (rest and digest aka the state for healing to occur). Choose a place to meditate where you feel safe to go within, whether it's in your home or somewhere else.
3. What To Have In Your Meditation Space
There are many things that we may want to have in our meditation room and what we decide to have in our space all comes down to our own personal preferences! Keep it plain, simple, and minimalistic, or go all out filling up the space with your special objects.
Consider what vibe you wish to create...
Calm and peaceful
Spiritual and cosmic
Soft and feminine
Cultural and traditional
To get your meditation area ready, clear out the space, de-clutter the room, or redesign the room and think about what items, colors, scents and anything else would be beneficial for you to have in there. Let's explore some options to add to your meditation space!
Seat - cushion, chair, yoga mat etc
Device to play meditation off and/ or timer if desired (I recommend using the Aura Health App for all kinds of meditations and mindfulness practices)
A journal/notebook to write in
Tarot or oracle cards
Sound healing instruments, such as singing bowls
Incense sticks or cones
Sage or palo santo
Your favorite color
Plain white walls
You may want to create an altar to keep your sacred objects on or to make the main feature of the room.
3 Benefits Of Having A Dedicated Meditation Space
Wondering why bother having a meditation room or area compared to just meditating anywhere? Well here's why!
Your meditation practice won't be interrupted by your family members or flatmates as they know that's the place you go to meditate and it's your time to be alone!
It's a place where you feel safe and relaxed which enables you go reach a deep meditative state easier
From the consistent meditation practice and high vibrational items in your meditation area, it holds a great energy to meditate in and attune to a higher frequency
Setting up and creating your own meditation room or corner can be a great thing to do, especially if you use it daily and want a dedicated area for meditating and going within. There are endless ideas about how it may look and what it contains. Enjoy setting up your meditation space and, if you wish, even make the process of creating it a meditative experience too!