A lovely meditation space is easy to create with just a few special items that inspire peace and calm. It can be a whole room or a little space on the floor. The most important thing is that this place makes you feel calm and happy.
A number of years ago, I was diagnosed with Generalized Anxiety Disorder and Depression, and I learned that treating it wasn’t as simple as only taking medication and going to therapy. Those things certainly helped, but I needed a 360 degree plan to bring happiness back into my life.
So much of how I design, how I organize and even how I entertain friends with cocktail parties are actually a form of my treatment.
But most of all, meditation has enabled me to bring stillness, compassion and even bravery into my life.
So much so, that I’m no longer on medication and I live my days with gratitude, rather than that deep sadness and fear that took up so much of my spirit.
I still have low days and anxiety never quite goes away entirely, but I’d say I’m the happiest person I know with a relentless, seemingly incurable mood disorder, and I’m perfectly fine with that.
So, it’s essential that I have a space for meditation that inspires peace and calm. If you’d like one too, here are a few tips on how to create the perfect meditation space.
1. A Comfortable Place to Sit
Whether on a cushion, a kneeling bench, or even a comfortable chair, there’s no one way to sit in meditation that’s superior to others.
As long as you’re comfortable and can sit straight for 15 minutes or more, you’re all set. I use this lovely pillow because I personally like to sit flat.
2. An Altar with Peace-Inspiring Objects
Choose objects that inspire insight and comfort. You can get creative. A statue of the Buddha, Jesus, Vishnu, Yoda (if he inspires peace) a photograph of someone you admire, candles, incense and fresh or dry flowers are all nice additions.
You won’t be using these objects to focus on while meditating. You’ll simply have them there to set a peaceful tone before you close your eyes, and turn inward.
3. A Lovely Smell
The mind responds so brightly to delightful and calming aromas. If your mind is feeling tired or stuck, there’s nothing like a sandalwood incense stick or palo santo flame to open the mind, and make it easier to breathe.
4. A Lovely Sound
For some, silence is the most calming sound, but for me, I find my mind wants to fill the sound of silence with chatter. Having a calm sound in the room makes it easier to turn inward and quiet my mind. I’ve made a number of lovely sounds that you may appreciate too.
The sounds of glass and bells, of a Japanese maple garden, and a peaceful mountain top temple.
5. A Guided Mediation
If you’d like a little guidance with your meditation, I’m happy to guide you with a few of my own. Help yourself to these meditations for inspiring mindfulness, happiness and creativity.
It can be a whole room, or a little space on the floor. The most important thing is that this place makes you feel calm and happy.