There’s no denying the fact that meditation offers a wealth of physical, mental, and emotional benefits. Among other things, practicing mindfulness meditation can:
- Decrease stress and anxiety
- Enhance focus and concentration
- Increase self-awareness
- Improve well-being & motivation
- Lower blood pressure, heart rate, and cortisol levels
- Boost heart health
- Strengthen immunity
- Improve sleep
In fact, studies have shown that meditation has the power to permanently change our brains for the better.
With so many transformative benefits, it’s no wonder that meditation is growing tremendously in popularity.
But the truth is, meditation doesn’t come easily for many people.
Whether it’s finding the time to commit, trouble focusing, or difficulty getting into “the zone”, meditation can feel to some like a test they keep failing.
Enter: the meditation corner.
Why You Need a Meditation Corner
As the name indicates, a meditation corner is an area that is designated specifically for meditation. Having a dedicated space to practice your meditation can make a world of difference if:
- You find yourself struggling to meditate consistently.
- You have trouble getting into the zone and/or staying focused.
- You’re easily distracted by your environment.
Even if meditating isn’t a challenge for you, creating a meditation nook for your spiritual practice can offer benefits. For seasoned meditators, a meditation room can:
- Elevate your spiritual experience
- Heighten your self-awareness
- Make your mindfulness practice a more cherished daily routine
- Raise the vibration of your meditation space
By establishing a singular space to meditate, you’ll find it easier to get into a relaxed state of mind. Entering your meditation space will automatically signal to your brain that it’s time to practice. And being in a space free of other distracting physical objects will help you focus more intently on your practice.
Choosing Your Meditation Space
Some people choose to designate an entire room to their meditation practice, others carve out a sacred space within an existing room (like a bedroom, living room, or office), and still others choose to set up practice outside in a garden, treehouse, or other serene spot.
Where you create your meditation corner is entirely up to you. Just make sure it’s conducive to relaxation and it’s a safe, inviting place to retreat, compose, and rejuvenate. We recommend choosing a location that’s:
- Away from noise
- Free of clutter
….and has “good vibes”.
What Should You Put In a Meditation Room?
Your meditation space doesn’t need to be fancy. It just needs to function as a place where you can be still and practice mindfulness. (That being said, if you want to make it fancy, by all means do so!) The only real guidelines for your meditation corner are that it should:
- Speak to you and be personal
- Feel comfortable, relaxed, and inviting
- Promote a peaceful state of mind
When choosing a color palette for your space, be mindful that colors can evoke different emotions. Here are some basics on color symbolism:
There really are no “meditation room essentials”, aside from the fact that you will need a comfortable place to sit. Some people prefer to meditate on a meditation cushion, others choose a meditation bench. Some opt for a basic yoga mat, while others prefer the added support of a meditation chair.
You may also want to include a sound machine or speakers to play music or relaxing sounds, like water, nature, or other ambient noise. Some people also enjoy guided meditations from an app or YouTube, instead of straight silence. However, all other forms of technology should be kept outside the walls of your meditation space. As we’re all too familiar, phones, TVs, and gaming devices tend to be highly distracting and are likely to steal your focus away from the task at hand, so using them minimally in your meditation space is crucial.
Meditation Room Ideas
Here are some ideas to create a zen space for your mindfulness practice that appeals to all five of your senses.
Smell: Burn incense, a candle, or use essential oils. Essential oils can be inhaled, diffused, or applied topically before you meditate. Some essential oil favorites for meditation include: frankincense, sandalwood, cedarwood, neroli, and ylang ylang. But feel free to use whatever makes you feel calm and at peace.
Sound: Play relaxing music from a sound machine or a guided meditation, add a small tabletop fountain to enhance feelings of tranquility, or use a Tibetan singing bell or sound bowls.
Sight: Add statues, wall art (we love this and this), a salt lamp, plants, inviting textiles, and crystals. A couple of crystals that work well for meditation are amethyst (strengthens intuition and clears negativity) and chevronic crystal (helps maintain a balanced spirit). But if you want to meditate on something specific, you can also choose a crystal that aligns with your intention.
Touch: Meditate while holding mala beads or consider incorporating affirmation cards, books or journals into your practice.
Taste: Keep a calming tea like chamomile, water with lemon, or your calming beverage of choice on-hand to enjoy after your session.
If you wish, you can also include a meditation altar in your space.
What is a Meditation Altar?
A meditation altar is a sacred place that you can create within your meditation space for ritual, prayer, meditation, and spiritual enlightenment. It is, in essence, an outer manifestation of your inner attunement.
To create the altar, you’ll need a table for holding whatever sacred items you select and an area to sit or kneel.
What you choose to display on your table is entirely up to you, but the objects you choose should touch you, uplift you, and hold meaning for you.
Here are 10 ideas for objects to display on your meditation altar:
- Sacred objects (These are unique, personal items that hold significance for you and bring you feelings of joy, comfort, and peace.)
- Mala/prayer beads
- Sacred texts
- Oracle cards
You can also select objects that appeal to each of your five senses to display on your meditation table.
Final Thoughts On Creating a Meditation Corner
Just like we have dedicated spaces to eat, sleep, and bathe, so should we have a sacred space for stillness, for reflection, and serenity. Designating this space for yourself can serve as a powerful reminder to take time for you in the most important way possible and can help strengthen your practice.
Remember, your meditation space doesn’t need to “look” a certain way (though if you’re in need of inspiration, here are some dreamy Pinterest meditation corners to get your creative juices flowing). The suggestions we’ve shared are mere guidelines and you should feel free to create a space that speaks intrinsically to you and your needs. And don’t forget, if you’re ready to find out how you can become a health coach in as little as six short months, you can get started with us here today. Get connected!