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Do you meditate?
Are you hoping to start?
Creating a sacred space in your home can help. Today I bring you a guest post from writer Victoria Cunningham on the benefits of setting up a meditation spot in your house. (You may remember her last post on yoga for busy moms.) Read on for some great ideas about how to get your space set up!
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While not everyone has the luxury of a spare room to devote to meditation, those who do should consider outfitting that extra room to be as relaxing as possible. If you do, that space can become your own meditation room. It could be as simple or as complex and decorative as you want it to be.
The point is that it’s your room and above all else, it offers you a tranquil escape from everyday life.
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Here are a few things you can do to make your quiet space into a full-tilt meditation room:
1. Scented candles and oils — You might prefer incense, candles, or aromatherapy, but whatever method you use, just make sure that you keep a calming scent in the air of your meditation room. Having it smell different than the rest of the house will help to set it apart and make it a more exclusive place, so that when you go into that room, you immediately feel more relaxed and peaceful.
2. MP3 or Music Player — An iHome or some kind of music player for playing soothing sounds or white noise is essential for your meditation room. It’s one of the only electronic items (aside from lights) that you’ll need. Try and get something small that won’t overpower the room and distract from the decor.
3. Calming decor — You’ll want a soft color for the walls; perhaps a soft off-white or a cool shade of green. Try to incorporate some live plants as well, since they’re always great for adding a calming element to a room and giving off oxygen. Decorations should be soothing and subtle, and as non-distracting as possible. When decorating a meditation room, it’s best to stay on the minimalist side of things so that you don’t risk making the room too “loud.” One thing that can really make the decor of a meditation room come alive is a water wall. It doesn’t have to be big, but even a small one with the sound of running water can make a room incredibly relaxing. If you’re going to invest in your own relaxation, a water wall will have some good returns.
4. Minimal furniture — You only need one piece of furniture to sit on, and many people just prefer a small pillow in the middle of the room. If you want to incorporate more furniture, that’s fine, but you don’t really need to, and anything more than a side table or two, and perhaps a small couch if you’re not a fan of the pillow, will probably be too much. Again, go for a minimalist approach here.
A Room Set Apart
However you design your room, you want to make sure it’s distinguished and set apart from the rest of your house, both in appearance and in the way it feels. If your goal is to keep things minimal, you won’t have to spend a lot of money. Get the decorations you want and do what you need to do to make the room a place of quietness and tranquility. If you do that, your home meditation sessions should see a significant benefit.