Everyone needs to take some quiet time to themselves every so often. Whether it’s winding down after work, taking a break between chores, or giving yourself a moment during the day, nothing beats a small vacation from daily living. A way to incorporate this into your life and routine is by creating a meditation room in your house so that you have a space dedicated to quiet and reflection.
What is a Meditation Room?
A meditation room is a quiet area with no distractions like electronics or heavy foot traffic where you can sit, stretch, and reflect. The purpose of a meditation room is to just be in the space. Even when not using it, its presence reminds you to take a breather and calm down. Some people like to do yoga, breathing exercises, and other mindfulness activities during meditation, but it’s enough to be still and contemplate the moment to achieve a relaxing effect.
Qualities of a Meditative Space
There is no one way a space like this has to be, as there isn’t just one way to meditate and practice mindfulness either. For some, a meditation room can be a formation of comfy chairs around an ottoman or coffee table, for others, simple floor pillows facing a focal point like wall art suffice. Visual, tactile, and aromatic elements can also contribute to the calming environment, like nearby plants and animals, a soft sitting surface, and good smells from candles. Most meditation rooms take a minimalist approach to decor, which is to say there are few items in the room, and the ones that are are chosen carefully to enhance the purpose of the space.
Where Do I Put a Meditation Room?
If you have a formal dining room in your house, when was the last time you used it? I’m not asking out of judgement. In my home we tend to eat meals in the kitchen area or out in the living room, creating a dining table that is essentially a junk holder. If this sounds like you, maybe it’s time to scrap the table and put down some sitting pillows to make a purposeful space out of your dining room.
A dining room isn’t the only space that can become a meditation room. In fact, a meditation “room” is rarely a large area: a reading nook, garage, home library, closet, front porch, deck, basement, or other spaces can all function as a personal meditative corner. As long as you can create a quiet, minimal space full of either natural or mood lighting and a little comfort in the form of chairs or cushions, anywhere in the house can be your new meditation room. Outside makes for an especially good meditative space (weather provided) due to the peaceful, natural environment surrounding you and fresh air.
A meditation room allows you to rescue yourself from everyday living and practice mindfulness in your own home. Through self-reflection, peace and quiet, yoga, or other means of meditation, you can center yourself and unwind in your own home.