How to Create your Own Meditation Corner
You"ve probably already heard all about the benefits of devoting a few minutes to silent meditation each day. It"s about being present in the moment, being at one with yourself, and calming the whirlwind of worries and thoughts and stresses that bombard us on a daily basis. Today, we want to show you how to create your own home meditation corner, so that you can recharge your batteries, and reconnect with yourself.
The benefits of meditation
Numerous scientific studies have demonstrated that meditation can help to change both your physical and emotional state in minutes. On a physical level, practicing meditation can help to strengthen your immune system and reduce inflammation, among other things.
However, it"s the brain that receives the greatest benefits from daily meditation. It promotes more agile brain processes, stimulates memory, and helps us cope with stress. On an emotional level, meditation is one of the greatest allies against depression and anxiety, as it can help to calm your thoughts and allow you to be more in touch with your inner self. Getting to know yourself better can help you to self-regulate more effectively.
Creating your own meditation corner
Finding the right place to meditate
Obviously, you"ll need a calm, peaceful place, far from any noisy areas of the house. If possible, it should be somewhere you can have total privacy, where you can shut out the rest of the world. If you can dedicate a whole room to meditation, great! But if not, set aside a small corner of your bedroom where you have everything you need to take a step back from everyday life and have some ‘you time".
Getting the right lighting
When it comes to meditation, it"s best to have soft, low lighting. Use candles, salt lamps, or if you have a dimmer switch, make sure it"s on the lowest setting. Meditation is all about introspection, and getting the right lighting can be a huge help.
The importance of order
If our surroundings are a reflection of our state of mind, then a messy bedroom is a sign that your thoughts are in disarray. It"s difficult to meditate properly if you"re surrounded by unfinished paperwork and dirty clothes.
According to the teachings of mindfulness, meditation is all about being in the moment and leaving all past and future worries to one side. How can you expect to do that if you can still see that mountain of ironing waiting for you?
So, if you want to create your own meditation corner, try to avoid having lots of furniture, books, or any other distractions nearby. The brighter and more open your space, the better.
Getting the right color palette for your meditation corner
We advise staying away from strong, vibrant colors, and using pastel tones instead. However, as the color of purity, white will always be one of the best colors for meditation rooms. You can also hang soothing images on your walls, especially if they have some connection to the natural world.
Whether or not you have music is largely a question of personal taste. For some people, it can help them concentrate better, while for others, it"s purely a distraction. You"ll find a range of mantras and soothing sounds online, often featuring Tibetan singing bowls and soft, relaxing music. Try to work out whether music helps you connect better, or if it moves you further away from your goal.
What about electronic devices?
Avoid electronic devices at all costs. Your meditation corner should be as clean a space possible (in every sense of the word), and electronic devices are known to have an effect on the brain.
Create your own meditation corner – what do you need?
Use a rug, yoga mat, or even a cushion. You may also want to keep a light blanket close by, just in case you get cold.
If you want, you can even create a small altar for your meditation corner. Forget about trying to find the “right" way to do it, and simply follow your instincts. Include decorative candles, incense, inspirational images, flowers, or even photos that have a special meaning for you.
And there you have it. Close your eyes, inhale, exhale and let your thoughts flow without stopping to dwell on them. Despite what many people believe, meditation isn"t about letting your mind go blank but allowing it to flow freely, releasing everything that you"ve kept inside, without reproach or judgment.It might interest you...