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I am a believer that when you first begin meditating, your main focus should be on learning how to sit still. We live in a go-go-go society and just sitting is a lost art. Once you are able to sit still and you work your way up to regularly meditating, you may find you want an area dedicated to your meditation practice.
Why have a meditation area?
Having a dedicated spot in your home to meditate can do a lot for your practice. While you can meditate anywhere, your dedicated area becomes a place that your body and subconscious recognize as a place of calm and restoration.
Your regular meditating will also start to lift the energy of this area. This will allow you to easier connect with the universe, or your spiritual side.
Depending on how you set up your space, you can use it just for meditating, or for any activity that helps to balance your mind, body, and energy. Many people create one area to house all of their self-care routines, including yoga, meditation, reading, music creation, or anything else that raises your vibration and the energy around you.
How to create space in an already small living area.
Depending on your set up at home, this may be easier or more tricky. The more people that live with you, the more difficult it becomes to have a sanctuary-type spot. (Especially if you have kids. As we know by all of the “follow mom to the bathroom” memes, kids are not good at boundaries.)
But as the old saying goes, “where there is a will, there is a way”. So here are some tips for creating your meditation space, even if you don’t have a lot of room.
Grab a set of shelves or a cube organizer for your space. Use this to add decor to the area, or to stylishly store blankets, pillows, books, essential oils & diffusers, or anything else you use in your meditation area. Having a spot to “pack away” your pillows and blankets gives you the ability to use space that for other purposes when not in use as your meditation area.
This bookshelf is great if you use an area that gets turned into something else throughout the year. (Like my office nook which is adjusted for Christmas tree placement.) While set up its a stylish wood & metal display or storage shelf, but it folds up easily to make room for other things.
Something like this ladder-shaped shelf is good for areas that better allow for taller storage vs. wider. Another bonus of this shape, is you can fit larger items at the bottom (such as sitting pillows or blankets). However the more slender shelves at the top keep the width of the bottom from visually taking up too much space into the room (and are still wide enough for an oil diffuser or lamp).
Section off an area of a larger room with a divider. If you can’t allot permanent space for your mediation area get a folding divider that you can store to the side.
Another option is to find a decorative divider, such as this Van Gogh art two-sided divider, that you can store against the wall when not using it to separate your meditation space.
If you have an area you can keep set up, a divider with shelves is a good way to section it off from the rest of the room while adding some small storage or decor.
Comfortable, Decorative Pillow & Throw
You don’t need all the bells & whistles for a meditation corner. Just find a comfortable throw pillow or meditation pillow to sit on (Reading pillows work well too.) Or a few smaller throw pillows for decoration. Look for items that make you feel the way you want to feel while meditating when you look at it.
Use those items every time you meditate, and meditate in the same spot. That becomes your meditation area. They don’t need to be out all of the time.
Choosing a spot that’s usually free from clutter will help the energy in the area as well.
Other small decor to help raise your energy & the energy of the space.
The glow of the salt lamp certainly helps with atmosphere and mood. However that is not the only benefit! Himalayan salt therapy is quickly growing as a treatment for various health ailments, specifically concerning the lungs, anxiety, and sleep.
The benefits to mood and emotional well-being are definitely welcome in a meditation area.
For more in-depth information on the benefits of a salt lamps and how they work to clean the air, check out this informative article.
There are many options when it comes to salt lamps, so you should be able to easily find one that fits in the space you have for it. If you don’t have a place to put it, there are also Himalayan salt night-lights!
Essential Oil Diffusers & Oils
This is usually my first go-to for creating a meditation space. There are many essential oils that can help with serenity, balance, focus, and peaceful feelings. (Here are some of my favorites) Just diffusing them in an area can lift the mood and raise the vibrational energy.
If you are picking up a diffuser to use regularly, including outside of mediation times, I recommend one that has an intermittent option.
Crystals & Gemstones
Some people don’t believe that crystals and gemstone have any effect on energy. I personally can feel an energy when I pick up certain stones- so I keep crystals and gemstones in my creative spaces. Including both my meditation areas and my office.
Even if you don’t believe in the energy powers of the crystals and gemstones, they make great decor and help to create a certain calming and balanced aesthetic without taking up too much room.
Being in nature has been proven to have benefits for your mood, bring some of that positive energy into your mediation space by having a few green plants.
These are just a few of the things you can do to create a meditation area in a small space, do you have any tricks you’ve used to create your sanctuary in a small space? Let us know in the comments below!