7 Tips for Creating a Home Meditation Space
Having a dedicated meditation space is essential for establishing a daily meditation practice. Having a zen space will help to inspire and lift your spirit, as well as to be a sacred place where you can connect to your higher self. I’ve found that there are seven essential aspects of setting up your meditation space so you can establish a successful deep meditation practice.
There are many elements to a successful meditation practice. It’s more than just sitting on a yoga mat trying to clear your mind. It’s important to have the right dedicated space to concentrate in without distraction, mediation tools to help you get in the right state of mind, such as candles, japa mala beads, and incense, and mandalas, as well as comfortable clothing.
Some people find meditation difficult but it doesn’t have to be. Just follow these simple tips!
1. Natural or Dim Lighting
Number one, you should create appropriate dim lighting in your meditation space. Having a dimmer switch on your lights, using table lamps or candles, or other methods you could control such that you can dim the lights at the time of meditation. This dimming of the lights automatically will go ahead and relax you and make you feel tranquil and peaceful, allowing you to get into a meditative state of mind.
When you dim the lights, your mind gets a signal to stop churning through all of your to-do lists and prepares it for meditation mode.
2. Use a Timer to Control and Guide Your Meditation Practice
Use and have a meditation timer available in your meditation space at all times.
You can use a dedicated digital timer or your smartphone’s timer. There are several meditation timer apps you can use, but a plain cooking timer or alarm clock is sufficient. If you do use your phone, put it in do not disturb for obvious reasons.
3. Pick a Secluded Area Free of Distraction
Number three, pick your meditation space in a part of the house that will be calm and quiet.
You obviously do not want to have it in the middle of the family room where the dog is going to come to disturb you, and the kids are going to come and watch TV. Usually, a corner in a bedroom works well, but find anyplace that will be free from noise and distractions during your meditation time.
4. Make Sure Your Meditation Space is Free of Clutter
Number four, keep your meditation space neat and clean. Being in a tidy area has been proven to correlate with a quiet state of mind. Clutter creates noise within your mind to so have your meditation space, be neat, clean, and tidy, and keep it that way.
5. Dedicate a Space For Mediation and Nothing Else
Number five, use your space only for meditation. This is because the very air there will get impacted over time by your passion and devotion in your quest for the truth.
When people walk into my Yoga Center, they often tell me that they can feel the energy. They can feel the vibration that can sense the effort and devotion of all the people who have come and participated there and worked towards their spiritual evolution.
In the same way, your meditation room or meditation space, will it become charged with these qualities making it easier for you to induce a meditative state of mind.
6. Make Your Meditation Space Sacred and Special
Number six, have something inspirational in your meditation space.
Whether that be a picture that inspires you, gemstones or crystals, a particular symbol, a statue or whatsoever you find encourages you to meditate.
Again, this will help you do your practice, especially when you’re not in the mood at your particular mediation time. Going to your meditation space to do your daily meditation with something inspiring there is going to help you do that when you don’t feel like doing meditation for that day.
7. Comfort is Crucial For Meditation
And finally, number seven, have your meditation cushion and any other things that you use during meditation (mat, blanket, scarf, japa mala beads, etc.) all in place. Have all of these mediation tools set up so that it’s super easy for you to go and do your meditation practice at the time you’ve set aside for it.
With enough practice and care toward cultivating a space for your meditations, as well as using the right tools, you will find that it’s actually easy to get into. The key is not to rush into it – take your time, listen to your body, relax, and the mind will follow.