In the hustle and bustle of life, one of the most important things you can do for your own well-being is to create a serene meditation space in your home. Here is where you go to relax and unwind after a busy day. It is a place of serenity just your own. So how do you carve out this unique area that helps you re-focus? What steps do you need to take to make this a reality at your house? Here is a step-by-step guide to get you started:
Find a suitable room
First, figure out which room in your house is going to be most suited for this space. Do you have a sunroom or enclosed porch with a view to the outdoors? Perhaps you have an office or library that is situated away from the noise of the household? A spare bedroom or a “man cave” might provide a good private area. A favorite spot such as a window seat would be a great choice. If you don’t have a designated room that is set apart, try to find a quiet corner or nook. It could be in your bedroom or even in your living room if you can use the area when others are not.
Check for lighting and noise
Second, test the area for lighting and noise control. Decide whether you want rays of sunshine, perhaps during the light of dawn, or the ability to block all light and have strict darkness. Either extreme is acceptable if it is what helps you block out the stress and feel your tension decrease. If you are happy with the lighting of the area, check to see if the time of day you want to meditate corresponds to quietness. This is most certainly necessary, so make sure that the space you have chosen either brings in the sounds of nature, or at least blocks out the noise of the busy world around you. You may also want to set up a fan for white noise or soft background music or nature recordings so that you aren’t distracted by others sounds.
Comfortability is key
Third, make it comfortable. You won’t sit long in a space that doesn’t have a soft enough surface. Pick a favorite chair to move to the area, or find some pillows to enhance the spot and make it cozy. Whether you choose to use furniture or a space on the floor, it needs to be inviting. Your body should *want* to go there, so make it enticing. Choose fabrics that are soft, silky, or warm, but avoid rough textures or too many embellishments when creating a serene meditation space in your home. Make sure the temperature of the spot you have chosen is not too hot nor too cold. If necessary, you could include a soft, warm blanket.
Simple yet beautiful
Fourth, make it beautiful and uncluttered. Even if the rest of your house or life is chaotic, your meditation space should be just the opposite. Guard this spot from any visual clutter. Make it simple and minimal. Feel free to use a bit of decor to make the area personal and lovely, but don’t go overboard. My suggestion is to choose one or two pieces of art that speak to you. Add a shelf or small table that can hold candles or incense. Coordinate your decor with whatever furniture or pillows that you’ve already chosen for comfort. Whether you choose light colors or dark colors is your choice, but try to keep them subtle. This is not the best space for anything bright or flashy.
Engage your senses
Fifth, engage your senses. Now that you have your space chosen and set up beautifully, you are ready to meditate. Adjust your lighting and sound, light scented candles or incense, or open the window for a fresh breeze if it enhances your experience. The more that you can truly let your senses relax and enjoy, the better you will be able to find that sweet spot of meditation. The idea is not to focus on any one of these things, but rather allow these things collectively to help you feel so calm, so peaceful, and so relaxed that you don’t dwell on any of them, but are able to use this time to block out all the noise and chaos of human life. Only then can you reach past the daily grind of the earthly experience to enter a different place.
Now that you have all the steps in front of you, now you just need to make it happen. It truly doesn’t have to be complicated. In fact, it can be just as easy as you need to make it be. Use what you already have available, if possible. It should feel homey when you are finished, so keep that in mind. Don’t let any obstacles stand in your way of creating a serene meditation space in your home.
Melanie is mom to five energetic kids, including a sweet little toddler. She enjoys homeschooling her children from a peaceful parenting perspective and traveling with her family whenever she can.