There are rooms in your home dedicated to cooking, sleeping, watching Netflix and spending time with your family. So, why isn’t there a room dedicated to simply being?
That’s right, being — without worry, concern or fussing over every little thing. Some of you may think that’s the bathroom, and you’re probably right. However, what if you had a different space set aside for connecting with yourself? Consider creating your own meditation room.
A Meditation Room Boosts Your Well-Being
Creating your own sacred space is very important to your well-being. It’s vital to have a place to call your own outside of daily demands, and meditation practice is good for the mind and body. A meditation space will allow you to connect with your spirituality and personal power in a place without judgment.
There are no rules, only considerations, for creating a meditation room. Take a look at these five tips to help you design a space that right for you and unique to your needs:
1. Choose a space that elevates your soul. Does a westward facing room have a soothing warmth to it as the sun sets? Choose that room. Oftentimes, a great location for meditation can be your attic because it’s separated from the rest of your house. Even if your home has a metal roof, with the proper insulation, it will be the perfect quiet space for meditation. Pick a location where you feel immediately “lighter” when walking into it.
Many people have a cluttered room they have been meaning to clear out for years. Why not re- purpose this room for meditation — and remove old clutter in one move?
Decide on a room you feel at peace within.
2. Set your intention for the space. The intention you set for the space does not need to be detailed or even have words. The intention is simply about what you want to feel in your designated room.
Close your eyes while you are in your future meditation room. Feel it. Perhaps you want to come to this space to relieve daily stress or you desire to develop a regular meditation practice. You may also find that the intention changes, and that’s okay.
Choose a word to summarize your intention, if that makes it easier — for example, peace. You can write about your intention or simply keep it to yourself.
3. Decorate the room according to your intention. The room should reflect the state of mind you seek to achieve. You’ll probably want to:
- ● Avoid clutter. Keep the room simple and comfortable.
- ● Add statues and sacred objects that reflect your spirituality.
- ● Choose soothing, natural colors like blues and earth tones. Your paint palette should
- invoke serenity.
- ● Add items you will need for meditation — sound system, TV, laptop, bells, incense and
- assorted cushions.
- ● Fill the room with elements of nature, literally. Gather fallen branches and fresh flowers.
- ● Add personal touches. Your meditation room should not look like a hospital room.
4. Consider the fact you may need rules for your space. Emphasize how important this time and space is to you when speaking with family and roommates. Let them know you need quiet and to not be disturbed. Let your partner watch the kids, or let your roommate walk the dog.
There are also unspoken rules you will likely expect of yourself while in this space. If you get distracted from the room’s purpose, that’s okay — yes, you can to have a dance party to rock music to unwind before meditating. However, aim to stay true to the intention you set for the meditation room.
Come to this space with personal flexibility, but also remember to honor your responsibility to this space and yourself. Regularly clean the room, and smudge it with sage for spiritual cleansing.
5. Let your space breathe as much as you do. Don’t isolate either yourself or your space. Welcome others into your meditation room to practice with you. Mindfulness can be achieved in the company of others. Just be sure to surround yourself with people who lift you up and remind you of your center.
You can also open the windows and let the world in — you’ll probably be able to better see yourself in the bigger picture. This can be both enlightening and centering.
A Meditation Room Enhances Your Practice and Inner Peace
Remember, your meditation room is a sacred space for your well-being. When you’re creating your space, work from inspiration and trust your gut instincts.
Your meditation room will enhance your practice and your inner peace. Come to your sacred space with reverence and an open mind. Now, breathe and begin.
This is a guest post form the very talented Megan Wild – Megan loves designing homes, and enjoys recharging by meditating on a weekly basis. When she’s not outdoors exploring, you can find her writing her tips and tricks on her blog, Your Wild Home.