A daily meditation practice does wonders. Meditation makes you feel more relaxed, calm and in the flow. I used to live in a tiny apartment in Amsterdam, and the lack of space meant I didn’t have a dedicated spot for meditation.
When I moved out of the city to a more spacious apartment, I decided to use part of my home for meditation and make a meditation room.
Why having a meditation space is a great idea
Making a dedicated space for meditation has brought me some significant advantages. I meditate more often, and my meditation takes longer. My meditation room has become a sacred place for me. It’s a room I go to when I want to meditate and do some light yoga exercises.
Another great advantage is having a dedicated spot for all my meditation gear: pillows, my yoga mat, and my meditation bench. This stuff used to be lying around the house. Now I can start meditating immediately without having to look for my meditation gear.
The biggest advantage?
Having a meditation room or space makes it easier for me to stick to my daily practice!
Thinking about creating a meditation room? Follow our 3 steps to get the most comfortable and calm place you can imagine!
Step 1: Find a spot where you won’t get disturbed
If you have enough space, it is ideal to choose a room you can close off. When sharing the house with your family, roommates, and pets, nothing is more distracting than people walking around you when meditating. I share my home with my cat and don’t have a closed-off space to meditate. I am lucky: my cat loves meditating and will quietly join me.
Can’t find a closed-off space and have a more unruly cat/toddler/husband/mother-in-law? Then you have several options to create the illusion of a closed-off space:
- Use a room divider to create the idea of a separate space
- Hang a curtain to create the sense of a separate area
- Find the quietest place in the house and build a small nook where you can meditate. Get some inspiration for your nook.
We all have our favorite ways of meditating. Maybe you are someone who loves walking around when meditating. Or do you like to combine your meditation with some light yoga? Pick a location that facilitates your favorite ways of meditating.
I meditate in my attic. The room has a low ceiling, so I won’t be able to do standing meditations in my place. Skipping this type of meditation isn’t a problem for me anyway, because doing it makes me feel dizzy!
Is it quiet?
Nothing more distracting than the sound of a washing machine or a busy road during rush hour. Find a quiet place. If you can’t find a calm place, placing a white noise machine may be a solution for you or you can use a noise canceling headphone or earbuds.
Step 2: Decorating your meditation room/nook
Pick the right color
There is a lot of research available about the effects of color on our state of mind. Picking the right color for your meditation room is essential.
My meditation room wall used to be pink. Pink is a color that causes arousal, so I decided to paint my wall a creamy white.
I chose the color white because it is a relaxing color. If you don’t like white, you can go for a green, purple or blue wall. All these colors are relaxing colors.
Green: calm, comfort, harmony, relaxation
Blue: Calm, comfort, peace, relaxation
Purple: Spiritual, luxury, quality
White: Calm, happiness, peace, serenity, soothing
Brighter colors like red, orange and yellow can cause higher arousal which isn’t the desired effect if you try to calm down. Keep this in mind: cool colors decrease arousal, and warm colors increase arousal.
Beware: the effect of any color is mostly dependent on the brightness and saturation of the color.
The right temperature
A room that is too hot or too chilly won’t be an attractive place to meditate. When you are sitting still for extended periods of time, it is essential that the room has the right temperature. I prefer a slightly lower temperate above a high temperature: you can use a blanket to keep you warm. If your place is icy, you can use a portable heater. Let it warm up the room before you start meditating. Keeping it on while practicing might be distracting because of the noise.
You’ll always experience a little discomfort when meditating, but you should be as comfortable as possible. Get something soft for your floors like a beautiful wool rug or a yoga mat. I also use a meditation bench and a floor pillow. To keep warm, I use a blanket.
The right lights
Meditating under a fluorescent light won’t calm you down. It’s great if you have a space that has natural light. If you meditate at night or early in the morning, you can create a great ambiance by getting a light that you can dim or by burning candles. We recommend beeswax candles to keep the air in your meditation room clean. Another great addition to your meditation room is a Himalayan salt lamp. These lamps give off warm light and purify the air.
A lot of people use their phone to listen to meditation music or guided meditations. I sometimes use my phone and earplugs, but I also use my Bluetooth speaker to play my guided meditations.
It is nice to have some fresh air when meditating. If possible, open your window or buy an air purifier or air purifying plant. I bought a big air purifying plant and put it in the corner of my meditation room. It’s calming to look at and also cleans the air.
Step 3: Declutter
If you made the perfect meditation spot, it’s time to sit down and start meditating. Make it a habit to regularly declutter your meditation room/nook. Only add items you love and remove things that don’t make you feel good.
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