It’s certainly become apparent to me over the years, and I think a lot of other meditation practitioners will agree, that having a dedicated meditation space is key to success when it comes to establishing a consistent practice. Just like having a defined office space for those that work from home can boost concentration and minimize distractions, a special spot just for meditation can work in much the same way. For me, it’s one chair in the living room nook of my tiny studio apartment. The only time I sit on that chair is to meditate, and each time I sit down it gets easier to focus and to slip into my comfortable spot.
But no matter how dedicated or separate your meditation spot is, if it’s not somewhere you want to be, it’s all a moot point. I’m a big believer in creating a space that makes you want to be in it, and meditation rooms and nooks are no different. I don’t have much to work with in my small space, but my chair is super comfortable and I have a warm blanket to keep my cozy, a candle that I love, and plenty of natural light that makes me happy. If you’re thinking about creating a little meditation zone for yourself but aren’t sure how to go about it, have a read through this quick and easy five step guide and you’ll be well on your way to a dreamy meditation space..
Clutter means distractions. If you’re noticing a pile of bills you’ve been avoiding opening or a stack of newspapers you’ve been meaning to recycle forever on your way to your mat, there’s a good chance that those things will be filling your mind when you go to sit down. Minimize distractions by keeping your space as minimal and clean as possible—like space, like mind.
I find that I have my best meditation sessions when I’m in nature, but in the middle of the Minnesota winter that isn’t always possible, so I just bring the nature to me instead. For me, a little sunlight and a couple of plants go a long way, but there’s no need to stop there. Try adding fresh flowers, burning some sage, or even decorating with dried leaves and feathers if your green thumb isn’t that great.
Don’t forget about the atmosphere. Essential oils, lightly scented candles, and sweet smelling flowers or plants are just a few ways to add a scent experience to your meditation, which is something you always notice more when you shut your eyes. Keep texture in mind too—no matter how warm your blanket is or how pretty your chair is, if it doesn’t feel good on your skin while you’re sitting, it’ll just drive you up the wall and tempt you to get up to rearrange your environment.
The biggest distraction is having any kind of technology within reach. Even if your phone is silent and your laptop is closed, if a thought comes into your head about an email you forgot to reply to or a text you should send, it’s easier to avoid the urge to transform that thought into action if your devices are out of reach.
The chair that I sit on has a lovely design that is the perfect mix of comfortable and sturdy while the blanket I cover myself with when it’s chilly is soft and inviting, which automatically makes me feel comfortable and relaxed as soon as I sit down. It’s hard enough to sit still for forty minutes or more, so give yourself a break and make the environment around you as inviting and enjoyable as possible. This way you’ll look forward to nestling into your meditation space rather than dreading it, especially on those days when sitting is just harder than normal for whatever reason. Oh, and this goes for clothes, too—keep ‘em comfortable.