5 Simple Steps To Start An Awesome Meditation Room

Meditation is one of the best things you can do for yourself. Studies have shown that a regular meditation practice can make all the difference to having a happy, fulfilled life. As technology continues to intrude more and more into our lives, the need to create space, relax, and “chill out” has increased as well. Check out these simple steps to create that awesome space to get started!

 

1. Clutter-Free

Meditation is the emptying of any unnecessary thoughts. It’s like having a ‘clutter-free’ mind. Therefore, you want your meditation space to reflect that. It needs to be clean too. Psychologically speaking, it helps the mind to let go of distractions and focus on the task at hand. Try to avoid meditating in your bedroom or in a work room; instead, try to find an extremely private place that you can dedicate only to meditation. A few things like a meditation pillow and a small altar are all you need to get started.

2. Bring in Some Nature

Almost without exception, spiritual places have a strong connection with nature. They have a fundamental connection to the simplicity of living things. That’s why having a few small plants will bring in a calming energy, and may even help to freshen the place up a little bit. Snake Plants, Peace Lilies, and Boston Ferns all make for easy plants that are surprisingly hard to kill. And it makes a big difference to the feeling of the area!

3. Good Lighting

Just like a connection to nature can improve your meditation space, so can lighting. Always try and bring in natural lighting that illuminates your space. If an area is too stuffy, it can almost be suffocating, physically and mentally. Try and choose a room with lots of windows!

4. No Technology

Part of the point of ‘going’ somewhere else to meditate is to get away from distractions. It just makes sense, because you’re basically leaving the world behind for a bit. You don’t want that kind of distraction…you want peace. Leave the technology at the door and embrace some zen.

5. Be Reasonable

So of course, everything you read above is important, but they’re not rules you absolutely have to follow. Rather, they’re guidelines to help you. But sometimes they’re impossible to fulfill. For instance, you may not be able to create a space that has windows, good lighting, or even clean; but just try your best. It’s better to have a space with some of these elements,  than no space at all!

 

Bring Your Meditation Deeper and Unite the Senses!

Learning to bring together the senses when you meditate can really bring your meditation practice to a deeper level. Here’s how to do it.

Sight

Things like statues are symbolic reminders of your affirmations and what you are there for.

Sound

Many people use a meditation bell or some type of music to signify the beginning and ending of their meditation period. A very common tool for this purpose is a Tibetan Meditation Singing Bowl. It’s inscribed with the powerful mantra, Aum Mani Padme Hum.

Smell

Smells are one of the most powerful brain-activators on the planet. Believe it or not, we remember smells longer than images of past experiences. Incensewill help to bring you deeper into the moment as it stimulates your attention.

 

Touch

Malas have been used for hundreds of years. Traditional mala meditation beads, also known as Buddhist prayer beads,  have 108 beads used for keeping count of mantra meditations.

 

Bobbi Foster-Kelly