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How to set up your own meditation space

Whether it's a small Zen corner or a full-on relaxation room, we share the essentials you need to create a mellow meditation spot right at home.

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two blue stones, incense and a buddha image next to a plant in a corner of the house

Creating a meditation space in your home is a reminder to take the time to sit and be mindful, a special moment for self care. You don’t need anything elaborate or for it to look like a Buddhist temple, it just needs to be comfortable and peaceful. We’ve rounded up our favourite meditation room essentials for your home.

  • The meditation space. You may be fortunate in having a room you can dedicate to meditation but a corner or nook will also suffice. Whatever the space, you must be able to devote it 100 per cent to your practice. It can’t be a place to store things or somewhere allowed to get dirty and messy (find out how cleaning can be part of your self-care routine here). Your association with it should be of stillness, practice and healing.
  • Light and colour. Lots of natural light is ideal in a meditation room, though you might want to use muslin or other thin fabric as a curtain to block out visual distractions or too much brightness. Also think about what kind of atmosphere you prefer when meditating – does dim lighting put you in the zone or make you too sleepy? Do bright lights stimulate or interrupt your practice?

In addition, think about a wall colour that matches your meditation mood. A dark shade is enclosing and will help you focus internally, while pastels are soothing and relaxing.

  • Suitable seating. There are many different types of meditation poses. The simplest just require a yoga mat but you may find you need something more supportive, like a cushion or pillow. If you need extra spinal support then there are also various meditation chairs available.
  • Aromas and sounds. Soothing scents can help set the scene by promoting a sense of calm and relaxation. Incense sticks and scented candles are familiar props, but also consider an essential oil burner to fill the room with smoke-free aromas. Favourite meditation scents include sandalwood, bergamot, lavender and basil.

Sounds can also help get you into the right mindset and block out distractions. There are many apps and websites that offer natural ambient noise and soothing music (stay away from anything with lyrics). You could also invest in a table-top fountain for the tranquil sound of running water.

  • Add some decorations. A bunch of clutter in your relaxation room will create an intrusion but the right objects will enhance your space. Traditional ornamentation includes Buddha figures, candles and bowls, but you can incorporate anything that resonates and feels important to you. Think about suitably scented flowers and plants, seashells and driftwood, or a comforting picture. String lights can also add atmosphere. Whatever you do, make it personal and create a space that you will want to continually come back to.

Want to bring a similar level of Zen to other parts of your home? Try these great feng shui living room tips.

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