Creating Your Own Meditation Room at Home
By Ama H. Vanniarachchy
Stress is inevitable in life. This is why we should learn ways to detox our minds and relax our minds and body every day. It is important to go to bed with a relaxed mind and body instead of having a heavy heart, aching muscles due to stress such as a stiff neck, or suffering from a splitting headache. Among the many ways to detox your mind and relax your body, meditation and yoga top the list. Results are guaranteed. For this, it is great if you have a place, a separate space dedicated to this purpose, at your home.
As many are confined to homes during these times and practicing work from home, it is actually great to have a separate space dedicated to this special purpose. Also, if there are many members in your house, it may be disturbing to do meditation and yoga without having a separate area for this. This space can also be used to feel relaxed and enjoy some peaceful spiritual awakening time during any time of the day.
There is no need to retreat to some forest monastery or an eco-hotel to do so. What you can do is to create a nice place at your house where you can enjoy some quality time relaxing. Today, we will tell you how to create a space like that with a very low budget. There is no need to consult professional interior designers or architects or to hand over the job to some architect firm. Save that money for yourself. Now let's see how you can create a little paradise of yours.
Choose a space
Choose a space in your house for this purpose. It is great if the room has plenty of natural light which means it has windows and also enough ventilation. It is good if the room is covered and no one can disturb you. If the view out of the room is distracting it will not be a good idea, therefore consider that too. If you can view the sunset or sunrise from your room, that will be an additional benefit. Also, if the room windows or balcony are opened to a sunlit garden with birds and butterflies, that will be bliss.
Clear the clutter
The room should be empty. Do not keep furniture, books, or ornaments. The room should be empty except for a small stool, a mat, and a few cushions. When choosing these items consider the materials and colours. I would suggest calm earth colours. Do not opt for plastic products. Wood, bamboo, clay, or ceramic are great. Avoid colours like red and black. Few books that you prefer to read could be kept in the room.
Clean the room daily
Make sure there are no dust, litter, and cobwebs in this room.
Keep some plants in the room. This will purify the air and add life to the room. But do not overdo it with plants. I suggest not to keep plants all over the room, but only on one side, especially closer to the window or the opening of the room.
A water bowl with flowers
Fill a glass bowl with clean water and put some flowers on it to float.
Music is important
Download some calming soothing music, chanting, yoga videos, and meditation guides and play them accordingly. Do not use large distracting player sets. Instead, use a small dainty device.
Lamps will add magic
Light a lamp or two when you practice meditation or yoga. This will enhance the ambiance of the room and also at the same time purifies the air. Add some refreshing oils to the lamp.
Incense or scented candles
Light incense sticks or scented candles. Aromatherapy is a proven therapeutic method to relax the mind and body.
At night, when natural light is not available you will need the room to be lighted. For this, I personally would love to use lamps or candles. But depending on your preference use bright or dim lights.
Consider the view you can see through the window
It is great if you can keep some butterflies and birds attracting plants outside of the room. This will create a blissful relaxing environment.
No devices are allowed
This room is a place to heal; a place to release stress and relax. So do not use the mobile, TV, or laptop inside, other than to play medication music, chant, or a guide.
An idol based on your preference
Keep an idol based on your preference inside the room. In most meditation and yoga people keep an idol of the Buddha which transcends tranquility to the viewer. Keep it on a small short stool and choose an idol with a minimal and simple appearance. In addition to this, you can use a curtain to avoid direct sunlight or warm air in the room. A string or two of fairy lights will also add some magic to the room