People new to mediation often ask what they need in order to get started. The truth is absolutely nothing.
You already have a busy mind and a set of lungs to breathe with, so you are good to go with your practice.
There is nothing that you must have.
But there are some things that can make you a little more comfortable or motivated in your practice.
Meditation Room Ideas
Creating a do-it-yourself meditation space can be quite simple. It really depends on what type of space you want and the physical space that is available to use. Besides your meditation practice, this spot can also be a place where you can go for quiet reflection, journaling, or inspirational reading.
Here are some ideas to help you get started with your DIY meditation space:
Define the space
While it is possible to meditate anywhere any time, it is helpful to have a quiet space to practice, especially if you are a beginner. This eliminates some distractions that you might otherwise have to manage.
Choose a spot to dedicate to your practice. This could be an entire room set aside for meditation or simply a chair in the corner of any room. Essentially you are looking for a place where you can be undisturbed while meditating.
If you want additional privacy, a room divider such as a folding screen can help delineate your space. You can even think outside the box when it comes to picking a space. For example, you might consider re-purposing a closet.
If a dedicated spot seems challenging, you could create a “pop-up” space by putting your essential meditation items in a small box that you move to different spots such as your balcony, deck, living room or bedroom.
Whatever space you choose, ideally it should be clutter-free. Being surrounded by piles of stuff can be distracting. Let your family know that this is your meditation space and ask that they respect your boundaries.
Choose comfortable seating
Choose seating that is comfortable for you. That might be a chair, or a cushion or mat on the floor. There also are a variety of meditation stools or benches available that are designed to provide comfortable support.
Comfort is really the key. Mediation is not meant to be torture, so pick something that allows you to comfortably sit upright with good posture for the duration of your practice.
Make it sacred
Think of sacred as meaning “set apart for special use.” It does not have to have a religious context. What you are doing is setting aside this spot for a specific and meaningful purpose. In making your space sacred, you are consciously and intentionally designing it so it truly resonates with you.
Often a meditation space has a small table on which you place things of meaning. Sometimes this table is referred to as an altar, or prayer table. Again, this doesn’t have to have a religious context unless that’s meaningful to you.
Your altar is something that expresses what’s sacred or important to you; it should also reflect the tranquil inner state you’re seeking. You might include photos of loved ones, or inspirational people, mementos of meaningful places, or any other items that help you connect to what is deeply important.
Elements of nature are also helpful in creating a sense of groundedness and connection. For example: fresh flowers or plants, rocks, small water feature are some ways to bring nature into the space.
Personalize the space
It’s entirely up to you which items you decide to bring into your meditation space. The size of the space likely determines how many items you include. Remember you want to create an inspiring, meaningful and still clutter free spot.
Here are some suggestions to consider:
- Timer – if using your phone as a timer, put it on flight mode to avoid distractions
- Oil diffuser
- Journal – to capture any insights or reflections
- Inspirational card decks – to spark intention setting or as journal prompts
- Salt lamp
- Singing bowl
- Guided meditations
- Books – for inspirational reading
- Wall hangings or other pictures
- Calming music
- Malas or other prayer beads
One last suggestion…
Keep it simple. A meditation space can be a work in progress. You don’t want the design and creation of the space to be an obstacle to start practicing today.
If you are new to meditation, be sure to grab the Meditation Guide for Beginners Click Here. It contains everything you need to know to get started on a simple practice.