Don’t you just love sitting down to meditate in your so-called home meditation space (or simply relax) and plucking toy dinky cars from underneath you? (Yes. This is me complaining).

Or how about finally squeezing some time into your day to meditate and while opening your eyes in that lowered gaze way they suggest you discover that Elmo is staring back at you. (Hi. My life again.)

We’ve all heard about the life-changing benefits of meditation by now – haven’t we?

Unless you’ve been hiding under a rock this past year. And even then, chances are you still heard about it.

Mindfulness and meditation are popping up everywhere — schools, work, home, sports teams — 11 million people alone have downloaded the Headspace app.

So let’s look at some simple ways to create a home meditation space.

(Even if you have no space, or have a house full of wild kids).

Meditation Benefits

Meditation has been recognized as a key component in our mental health, everyone seems to be jumping on board! #HeckYeah!

But without a proper place to practice it can seem pointless. I mean really, how can I just sit and do nothing (a.k.a. meditate) while staring at heaping laundry piles and toys scattered everywhere.

Now, let me take a step back — we all know that meditating isn’t really doing nothing, but sitting there serenely amidst a very messy house, well, it can seem pretty much like I’m doing nothing.

Stop the guilt.

So what I find helps this guilt, and helps me stick to a regular practice is to create a heavenly space to meditate. This is somewhere I can escape to; it’s my space  — my sacred space. And I’m much more likely to meditate if I have a space that isn’t overrun with my son’s trucks, mountainous piles of laundry, or my partner’s trail of papers. (How can someone have that much paper?!)

I promise you, if you have an intentional relaxation space, you are more likely to meditate, journal, do yoga, whatever relaxation type is your jam. And if you stick with meditation (like sticking with exercise or diet) you WILL see results.

The results may not be as measurable as exercise where you might exclaim, “I lost 10 pounds!” Afterall it’s hard to measure improved focus, increased gratitude, a clearer state of mind, and inner peace! But trust me, it’s worth the effort!

Okay, so enough of trying to meditate on a pile of dinky cars. It’s time to set up the space and tack on a “STAY OUT” sign.

Keep in mind many people will get really technical with their spaces, but you don’t need to. Do you need essential oils, water fountains, mala beads, or ringing bells?! No, you don’t, maybe you want to splurge, but you don’t have too.

So let’s get to it.

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How to create a home meditation space

Define Your Space

If you look around on Pinterest you’ll see tons of ideas for home meditation rooms and spaces, and what you’ll quickly notice is that the spaces aren’t usually very big. In fact, I love the cozy, secureness of the smaller spaces.

Pick a space in your house that will work. Somewhere you won’t get disturbed (parents, just laugh at this and do your best).

You’re looking to set up somewhere permanent (as possible) so keep that in mind.

Zen recommendations suggest you stick to a few principles:

  • Keep your space clean and clutter-free.
  • Only include items you love and that contribute to your happiness and peace.
  • Add natural elements where possible, such as living plants and stones.

We will look at these in a little more detail below.

Inspirational spaces

Look out this simple space, (#love) all you need to do is pull the pillows out from under the coffee table and start meditating (gorgeous):

home meditation room
Source: Wayfair

You could use a tiny nook, a corner of a room, a small chair in the bedroom, or perhaps create an outdoor space like this one:

Source: Cranbelo

The point is, you don’t need a lot of space, just a space that’s yours. So tell your kids to move over, you are taking back one inch of the house.

Finding a space on the internet (like any of these inspiring pictures in this post) and replicating it can be the great idea, as long as you add a few personal touches.

Really a corner is all you need, like this one here. Simply lovely.

Source: Joy Bird

We can’t all be lucky enough to have an enormous separate space like this room below (and with a serene water view, like what?!) But if you have space for a completely separate home meditation room, go nuts.

Perhaps before you start building your space, you might want to put a little forethought into the space itself.

Creating the meditation space

1. Walls:

Do you like the color? The space should ideally be calming and relaxing. I suggest a neutral colors palette (think earth tones and off-white), and you can then add pops of color with your accents. Pastels are also nice, they create an open airy feeling, which is perfect if you like a sense of freedom while you meditate. Red’s, oranges, and purples (anything bright) are generally off-limits, they are just to harsh and these tones are known to invoke feelings of anxiety and alarm.

Pro tip: If natural sunlight hits your walls and you find yourself squinting, the paint color is wrong for your meditation space.

2. Floors:

Bare wood floors can add a sense of authenticity to your meditation room, and they can make the room appear (and feel) larger. A plush area rug or tatami mat is a nice addition if your space is not separated by walls. It defines the space and it can act as a borer to keep others out (yes). This is your circle or square of space. Mark your territory.

3. Furniture:

Perhaps you’d like a side table to set a speaker, candles, or oil diffuser on. Think about what you want to put in the space (more on that below). It’s always a cool idea to re-vintage an old table or piece of furniture for your space.

4. Light:

Creating your space where there is lots of natural light is a great idea. Light keeps me fully alert and I seem to vibrate and reach upwards, like a plant reaching towards the sun. If you don’t have natural light, or you are meditating at night, you will definitely want to consider adding some soft lighting.

5. Tapestry:

If you are creating a space in the corner, it’s nice to have curtains to separate the space. My personal space was outside (update: I recently moved – now creating a new space). I put outdoor curtains around my pergola on my deck and decorated the space. It was very calming. When the weather wasn’t nice I simply sat in front of my patio door in my bedroom and meditated there. I could hear the birds and feel the cool breeze. It was simple but great.

I can’t stress enough, nothing fancy is needed!

To recap, common places to set up your home meditation room:

  • A coffee table can work, with your pillow or stool under it, while having candles and decor on top.
  • A nook or corner
  • A separate room
  • An outdoor space
  • In front of a door or window

Check out this small balcony space revamped into a meditation space!

Don’t let all the gorgeous pictures floating around discourage you. These meditation spaces were created slowly over time and perhaps even by professionals. What’s important is that you make your space your own — keywords here are relaxing and calm. You can build your space in time.

The Bare Essentials

As we discussed you don’t have to use up an entire room or cough up an entire month’s salary to creating your meditation space. The simplest – and sometimes most effective – meditation spaces feature only the bare essentials, such as:

  • Meditation cushions or a soft spot to sit
  • Natural light
  • Something with personal significance, like statues, crystals or beads
  • Fresh air

Let’s start with number one.

What to sit on

There are only two things you truly need in a meditation space. Something to sit on and something to make it yours.

A cushion, chair or pillow is the first purchase you might want to make. If you choose to sit on the floor (without a special meditation cushion or pillow) then I recommend using something underneath you, perhaps a yoga mat or pillow.

Whatever your preferred method of mediation is, is perfectly okay but the benefit of an “official meditation” cushion is that it aligns your spine in the right place.

If you want to start off with a bang, this chair is functional (and it’s gorgeous!) Something about clean linens and simple colors and fabrics draw me in. I recently moved and I’m currently creating a new mindfulness space, and this chair just might be at the top of my list. I get it, it’s an investment, but if you are serious about sticking to a weekly practice, this might be worth it.

If this isn’t for you, opt for a cushion.

My current mediation cushion is from Dharma Crafts and it’s like sitting on sand but with all proper support and no break-in period.

What I like about Dharma Crafts is that they have all your meditation supplies and decor all in one place. My body relaxes just browsing their website. You can check out their website here if you want to browse, warning, you might fall in love! Amazon is a great place for meditation supplies as well and I’ve bought a few things from there over time.

 
 I really like my meditation pillow but you might prefer a stool or a bench. A lot of people find it much easier in the beginning to use a chair. If you opt to use a chair, be sure to keep your spine straight, a straight spine is what stops our mind from slipping into sluggishness.
 
To recap, I would recommend a cushion or pillow, but if you don’t want to invest just yet, use a chair with a straight back or sit on a yoga mat or pillow from home.
 
Pro Tip:  The main point is that you need to keep a straight spine.

What to listen to

Many people (myself included) enjoy listening to guided meditations or relaxation music so a sound system is a must in my opinion.

Your phone will be useful, especially with apps like Headspace and Buddify out there and a speaker will give you crisp and clear sound. I have this exact BOSE speaker at home. It’s portable, it looks like a lantern, anyone in your house can sync automatically to the speaker and you can play your favorite guided meditations, relaxation music, or Spotify or Itunes playlists.

I meditate in silence and I often use guided meditations. One of my favorite guided meditations (nothing fancy here) is The Honest Guys guys on youtube. Take a quick listen here this is one of my favorites: Blissful Deep Relaxation. {Be warned, you might enter into deep relaxation.}

His voice is so soothing and relaxing, but best of all it’s free.  I also use the Headspace App (although I have a few qualms with it), sometimes the endless options are overwhelming and I start surfing the app, next thing you know 20 minutes have passed and I haven’t even started meditating.

I also love and recommend the guided meditation site, again nothing fancy here, it’s simple audio’s that you can download to your phone. I’ve downloaded a handful of different meditations here and play them over my speaker. I also love their simple relaxation music option.

Repeating meditations sessions is also helpful (as opposed to the many apps with a zillion choices.) because just the association alone can warp you into a zen like state. I like to know what to expect during the session and I find I can focus on my meditation instead of being enamored with what is coming next in the meditation.

Meditating in silence is a completely different experience, in my opinion, it’s far more difficult to stay focused. My personal goal is to incorporate more silent mediating into my practice.

Find what you love and what works for you, maybe some of these suggestions will be useful for you, and maybe they won’t. Long story short, an audio player is a must!

Pick out something sacred to you

Your meditation room can be as simple or as extragavant as you want it to be. A few carefully chosen touches can turn any space into a blissful haven. Consider adding décor such as:

  • A trickling fountain
  • A photo perhaps? I like these ones. Or how about a personal photo in a gorgeous frame?
  • Singing bowls
  • A Buddha statue

I use essential oils in my space, instant relaxation. Right now I’m switching between lavender and eucalyptus (try Theives). I also love my buddha statues and a journal  is a must for me. Twinkling light are a cool idea. (Pretty much anything in this picture!)

Items from around your house can add personal touches that go along way. Pictures and personal keepsakes are a nice idea. But if you are looking to purchase a few special mediation touches, check out Dharma Crafts.

Best Plants for Meditation Spaces

Most people find that having at least one living plant makes a huge difference in the quality of a meditation space. I say heck, even two or three! Plants recycle the air, pulling chemicals out and feeding you with natural, earthy elements. Read here about Plants that thrive in low light.

What Not to Put in Your Meditation Space

Few things are more distracting than clutter, (toys, paperwork, laundry piles) your meditation room needs to be Zen. Banish all other distractor. Avoid electronics (the TV has to go!) except for music players or electronic aromatherapy diffusers.

Bonus Tips for the Perfect Meditation Room

Open the window and let some fresh air in and consider having a herbal tea before you practice to relax to your body.

If your window has a bad view, use Japanese rice paper or privacy glass decals or curtains to shut out the world without compromising your natural light.

This room is your escape, so remove everything that could potentially pull you into everyday existence.

Your meditation space is very sacred but don’t become so fixed that you don’t meditate in other places. I often go for walks and use that time to perform “walking meditation.” I also lay in bed and do relaxation meditations and I meditate outdoors quite often. In other words, don’t be bound to your space. It might be your favorite space ever but remember any action in any place can become a meditation.

Don’t forget to snag your free meditation kit before you go.

Take a few minutes to give your brain a break…and who reading this right now doesn’t need a break! Don’t leave without snagging your Free Meditation Starter Kit which includes 7 pages of meditation’s most FAQs, along with a printable meditation cheat sheet and journal. If you’re ready for a healthierhappier mind, then say #heckyeah!

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