BY NANCY MATTIA, CTW FEATURES
Where you meditate has a big impact on how you meditate. Whether you’re currently meditating or thinking of giving it a try, setting up a proper spot at home is important. So is outfitting the space with a few key inexpensive items that will up the comfort ante. This self-directed practice that can help relax the body and mind is worth giving a try. Here’s what you need to do to get your home into a meditative mindset:
1. Create a clutter-free environment
A messy, disorderly space isn’t conducive to meditating. “Our bodies take cues from our surroundings,” explains Sarah Barnard, a Los Angeles-based designer of personalized, sustainable spaces that support mental, physical, and emotional well-being. “Taking in a great deal of visual information can stimulate the mind, causing distraction or stress.” Conversely, a clean, decluttered spot can reduce distractions, create calm and focus, and may encourage thoughtful sensory engagement.
2. Figure out a quiet place
You don’t need to rework the guest room to have a space to meditate – all you need is a few square feet or a corner of a room. “ the most important thing for any meditation space is creating opportunities for peace and pause,” says Barnard. “Something as simple as a cushion by a calming work of art in a designated corner can serve as a meditation space. If possible, opt for a place with privacy and limited distractions.” She suggests including a few items of personal signficance to help create an atmosphere that feels special and reassuring and can help to emotionally differentiate it from other rooms in the home.
3. Opt for natural light.
Barnard says that natural light, along with views of nature, can inspire a sense of calm and connection to our local environments, creating a positive experience in the meditation space. But what can you do if your home gets little natural light? “Opt for sconces or ceiling lights,” says Barnard. “Floor lamps may interfere with open space needed for laying on the floor or movement.” Installing a dimmable light will also offer a broader range of customizable lighting options.
4. Think comfort
Though people’s needs vary, some basic items will make the experience more meaningful and comfortable. “A soft, supportive cushion or chair is essential in most mediation spaces,” says Barnard. “A blanket can help regulate temperature and offer comfort when looking to reduce stress.” Objects that help engage senses and support grounding: flowers or herbs, textured blankets, speakers to play music, and anything that connects you to nature like a beautiful view.