Creating a Meditation Space in Your Home

1) Choose a Feel-Good Space

You want to pick a room in your home that makes you feel good. This means a room that, when you walk into it, makes you smile. In addition, you want it to be a quiet room in the house, and definitely a room with a limited amount of traffic.

When choosing the room, pay attention to the lighting as well. For instance, a room that has a lot of natural light will instantly enhance your mood. This means that you might want to choose a room that faces the sun for the time of day you plan to meditate. Or better yet, a room that has a sunset view—now that would be a gorgeous way to begin meditation!

If you cannot find a ‘room’ that possesses these qualities, consider an outdoor space. This may be your patio, your deck, or even your floral garden.

2) Clean & Uncluttered   Speaking of distractions, there is nothing more distracting than a cluttered area, especially when you are trying to relax.     Consider emptying out the room to contain only a few elements. A few basic recommendations include a small table, a yoga mat, a throw rug, and a pillow for meditation.

2) Clean & Uncluttered

Speaking of distractions, there is nothing more distracting than a cluttered area, especially when you are trying to relax.

Consider emptying out the room to contain only a few elements. A few basic recommendations include a small table, a yoga mat, a throw rug, and a pillow for meditation.

3) Bring Nature Into Your Meditation Room

Nature is organically relaxing and healing, so it only makes sense that you bring some natural elements into the room where you want to relax and meditate. In fact, most believe that mediation is all about connecting yourself – mind and body – with nature and your surroundings. While it would be ideal to meditate outside in a calming, natural environment, it is not always possible if you live in a busy urban environment.

Consider adding touches of nature to your meditation room— it will instantly become infused with harmony and balance. You can choose any natural elements you prefer. This could be a plant, a vase of cut flowers, jars filled with sand and seashells, or even a small water fountain.

In fact, a water fountain is a must for every mediation room.  If you can’t meditate on the beach while the sounds of the changing ocean tides fill your ears, at least a small, indoor waterfall will offer similar soothing sounds (and will drown out the sounds of the bustling city outside your doors).

4) Play Meditative Music

Although not a necessary element, music can be very relaxing for many individuals. This is particularly beneficial for those who live in a busy city area, where the sounds of traffic, trains, and sirens are constantly coming through the walls.

When it comes time to choose the music, it is recommended that you choose music without lyrics. It does not necessarily have to be classical music, but any sounds you find soothing. Make sure the tracks are long enough to continue playing through your entire mediation session, and consider putting the sounds on repeat to avoid interruption.

5) Aromatherapy

Another element to consider in your mediation room is aromatherapy. The use of essential oils from plants, such as lavender, chamomile, and peppermint, can really soothe the soul, the mind, and the body.

From burning candles and incense, to heating oils, you can receive the benefits of aromatherapy while meditating. Not only does aromatherapy help you relax, but it also provides other benefits. 

6) Add a Personal Touch

When creating your mediation room, you definitely want to include some of your own personal touches. Think of items, such as bells, chimes, crystals, a statue of Buddha, affirmation stones, beads, and artwork. Any of these are great elements for creating a serene and peaceful environment for you to focus solely on meditating.

Remember, however, that you do not want to overcrowd the space. It is important for a clean and clear environment to keep your mind open. Choose only a few pieces at a time, and swap them out for different ones now and again if you cannot decide.

7) Fresh Air is Important

Aside from the aromatherapy smells you have in the room, you also want to make sure you have fresh air. Fresh air has many benefits, including boosting your brainpower, improving your overall health, and helping you feel refreshed.

If your space is outdoors, this will not be difficult to obtain. However, if you are indoors, you want to make sure the room is well-ventilated, and you have the opportunity to experience a cool breeze now and again.

8) A Serene Paint Palette

Aside from the physical elements and sensory objects, you also want to take into consideration the colour of the room. You want to paint the room to match the mood you are trying to achieve.

Some may say that pastel shades are a much better option as opposed to bright or dark shades—thinking that pastels are more soothing and more relaxing.  Although, others may argue this point and prefer a very dark paint palette— thinking the dark colours would make the room feel womb-like and envelope them in relaxation.

Regardless of the colour you choose, room colour affects your mood, so decide on one that calls to your meditative needs, and makes you feel calm and relaxed.

9) Lighting Makes a Difference

As was mentioned earlier, best-case scenario is that you find a room that has lots of natural light. To keep the room feeling cozy, however, you do want some sort of window treatments. It is recommended that you choose a sheer fabric in a light shade that will diffuse the light.

If the room you choose lacks natural light, you really want to focus on the light fixtures you choose. Depending on your personal preference, you may want dim lights or bright lights. Make sure you have the ability to have both options, because your mood can change from day-to-day.

If you have chosen an outdoor space, make sure the area is not too bright from sunlight during the time you wish to mediate. If possible, try to create a shade with an umbrella or a structure that allows you to hang sheer curtains. This will keep the sun from irritating your eyes and keeping your mind too awake.

10) No Technology Allowed

While there are no specific rules to creating a meditation room, we would like to make one hard-fast rule—no electronics, aside from your music player. This means, no phones allowed. From the distracting ‘ping’ of text messages, emails, and phone calls —just say no to phones in the meditation room.