One of the most effective ways to practice mindfulness at home is meditation. However, you probably wouldn’t feel very zen sitting in a pile of laundry. Fortunately, you only need to follow a few easy steps to build a meditation space at home:
- Find a room or area that you feel most comfortable and relaxed in.
- Make sure the space is uncluttered and clean. Do a fresh round of sweep, wipe, and mop if this is your first meditation space.
- Make the space comfortable.
- Adjust the lighting. It’s best to have dim natural light, but you can also use warm light bulbs and add draperies or curtains for the same effect.
- Personalize your space with decors and plants.
- Direct the energy with crystals, oracle decks, or other spiritual items.
- Ensure the humidity is right and add some stress-relieving essential oil for the aroma.
Meditation Space Essentials
You don’t need to go on a mega shopping spree, but there are some essentials you should have:
- An air purifier with essential oil diffusers. Having clean air eases breathing, and a huge part of meditation is breathwork. If you feel suffocated, how could you ever clear your mind? Meanwhile, the essential oil diffuser will help set your mood right.
- Greeneries. Having plants is proven to be effective in calming anxieties and elevating the mood. It also helps relaxation and focus.
- Personal items. Your meditation space should have some personal items with significant sentimental values. Their energy will change how you meditate and help you build a stronger connection with yourself.
- Comfortable seating. Whether it’s yoga mats, futon cushions, or squishy pillows, comfortable seatings are essential to any meditation space because, for one, you will probably be seated when you meditat.
- Comfortable blankets. Blankets and throws will create a sense of belonging and security. Plus, they’ll also allow you to take a nap after a long day in your safe space.
- Music. Bluetooth speakers, air pods, noise-cancelling headphones, or even surround sounds. The methods are various, but the positive effect music has that elevates meditation is similar. Find your tunes and immerse yourself in it. Let your mind go on a sound journey.
Building a Meditation Space in a Small Apartment
If you live in a small apartment, say a studio or a one-bedroom, building a meditation space might sound too challenging. However, there are some smart ways to make the best use of your limited space.
To build a meditation space in a small apartment, follow these simple rules:
- Use separators. Think of couches, foutons, and small carpets to create a standalone space. If you don’t have a room to use for meditation, having separators will provide you a stronger sense of serenity and privacy.
- Avoid large, complicated furniture and decorations. Less is more!
- Multi-purpose your space. For example, your meditation space and book nook can be the same.
- Pay attention to the traffic flow. Make sure your meditation space doesn’t interrupt your daily movement. Having a small apartment, you must prioritize your usual traffic flow before getting creative.
- Be smart with storage. Best case scenario, you should be able to easily break down your meditation setup whenever you need to so you can save space.
Finding Affordable Decors For Your Meditation Space
Thrift stores, farmers markets, and artisan markets are all great places to find affordable but unique decors to put in your meditation space. Should you go for Walmart and Amazon? Of course you can. However, remember that everything you put in that space will affect your energy. So, the question comes down to do you want Walmart decors to interact with your meditation?
Should I Build an Altar at Home?
Home altars are a critical piece to your spiritual journey. That said, if the purpose of your meditation is to reduce anxiety from work or life, you don’t have to go as far as building an altar.
Altars also don’t need to be fancy. You see people putting crystals together, building mandalas, and setting up motifs. However, the point of having an altar is to reconnect with your core self, and there are easier ways to build an altar for beginners using daily objects most closely related to you.
Keeping Track of Your Meditation Progress
Again, the whole purpose of meditation is to help you find peace, intention, and mindfulness. Therefore, it is critical that you track your progress in some way. You can keep a meditation journal. If you use meditation apps, hopefully they come with a notetaking function so you can log your thoughts and inspirations.
If you’re new to meditation, try to find prompts and audio guides that basically already documents your progress. And if you didn’t know: MIKO’s MYST humidifier has a preprogrammed meditation guide to help you take your first steps toward a calmer mind!