Study after study confirms what we've always thought to be true: Meditation is beneficial to our health. It reduces stress and it reduces the body's inflammatory responses relating to stress. As more people try to work meditation into their daily lives, what better way to do this than by creating a meditation room right in your home? Read on for some tips to establish a zen zone.
1. Pick a private space. In other words, don’t make your entryway your meditation room, or even a corner of your living room. Pick a spot away from foot traffic, like an alcove off the main areas of the house or a corner of your bedroom. Your meditation room is for you to be alone with you — no one else.
2. Make it a technology-free zone. Have you ever tried to meditate with your cellphone buzzing nearby? It ain’t easy. Once you are going the extra mile to set up a designated meditation room for yourself, make it count by not allowing tablets or cellphones in it. Having a few minutes disconnected from technology will help you be more present when it’s time to reconnect with actual people.
3. Pick the right paint colors. If you are designating an entire room for meditation, you can paint the space to aid in your practice. Some people consider pastels to be more soothing than bright colors, while others would choose dark, cozier colors for the space. Go with what makes you feel good. You can check out lots of different meditation rooms on Pinterest for ideas.
4. Keep it clutter-free. Marie Kondo, the Japanese decluttering guru, tells her clients to hold each and every item in their house while they are decluttering. Her rule of thumb? If it doesn’t bring you joy, throw in out. This is especially true for your meditation room. A clear space will help you have a clear head. You can pick a few choice items that you really love to decorate the space — but that's it.
5. Keep the furniture sparse. You don’t need a lot off furniture in a meditation space, so bear in mind the clutter-free policy while you’re putting furniture in as well. The most important thing is a place to sit — a cushion or a blanket — something other than the floor.
6. Opt for a room with a view. If you're doing only part of a room and not a whole room, try to pick a spot that faces an outside view (as long as it’s of nature and not of a freeway). Part of meditation is connecting with the natural world, so looking out onto trees, a lake or even a backyard will help you do that. If you don’t have a view, try bringing a part of the natural world inside with a small plant or water feature.
7. Try aromatherapy. Essential oils are gaining popularity as a means to trigger certain functions in the brain and body. They can be an integral part of your meditation practice, boosting your brain function to help you focus and relax.
8. Play soft music. Music with words can serve as a distraction, but soft, slow instrumental music can soothe you. Some people will find any and all sounds distracting in a meditation room, so if you fall into this category, there's no need to play anything.
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