If you’re a meditation beginner, right off the bat, let me make one thing clear.
You don’t actually need a “meditation corner” to enjoy meditation!
You don’t have to wait till you’ve made yourself the perfect cosy nook in order to start this wonderful, healing, self-reflective practice.
Sometimes we feel like we need to do a lot of stuff to begin doing something big or important. But for meditation, literally all you need is your body, mind and 5 minutes of your time.
Having cleared that up though, I will say that I like having my own little space reserved just for meditation (now that it’s a habit and a part of my daily routine). If you’re looking to create such a space for yourself, it’s always a good idea to consider all 5 senses before you start. What would calm you to see, hear, touch, smell and feel?
Once you’re able to answer that, it’ve very easy to create your perfect meditation space from there.
Let me tell you why I love my meditation corner.
I love bright and airy spaces because they help me feel positive. When I have a view of the outdoors and some natural light streaming in, I’m already in a stable head space.
A lot of people love natural light like me, but many others prefer darker, cosier nooks where it’s easier to focus and centre yourself.
So go ahead and make your corner exactly the way you’d prefer.
Some nice aroma
This is so simple, yet so powerful! Go out and get some of your favourite scented candles and light them up when you’re in your meditation nook. Some scents actually work great together, so you can even get a couple of complementary scents. And some aromas in particular are known for their ability to relax and transform your mood.
There’s another indirect benefit of lighting candles too – research shows that smell is actually the most powerful of all our senses to take us back to certain memories and help us feel certain emotions. The power of association connected to smell can be leveraged for your meditation practise.
So if you consistently smell the same fragrance throughout your practise, you may even find that that particular smell is enough to take you to a relaxed state of mind. Which certainly helps if you’re in a hurry or don’t have time for meditation on the odd day. Your brain will connect the scent to a sense of calm – a wonderful tool to help yourself when a bout of anxiety might take over.
Plants have all kinds of benefits. They purify the air indoors making it easier and far healthier to breathe in. A touch of green in my space (added to the bright light streaming in) is really calming and refreshing for me in.
There are so many wonderful indoor plants that need minimal effort and upkeep, provide amazing benefits and give my your corner that hint of refreshing green. It’s a win-win-win.
Keep it minimal and clutter-free
I see so many pictures of people’s meditation nooks which are all different yet have one thing in common – there’s some really cool looking Buddha statue in the corner. Or some other kind of decor piece. Also some incence sticks. And pebbles. And…all kinds of other things that look really New Age and seem to be helpful.
But you don’t really need all that. That looks like it’s just there to make the place look pretty for pictures.
When I see unnecessary things cluttering my meditation corner, I panic. I like leaving the corner as stress-free and minimal as possible. I don’t want to have to think about dusting those pretty looking things every few days. Ain’t nobody got time for that.
I’m a proponent of keeping this space as simple as possible, but hey, if you’re a practising Buddhist or just like the these things look…then go for it.
It’s best to examine what your needs are. Some people aren’t really able to sit on the floor and so, prefer a chair. Some people don’t mind being on the floor. Others might need cushions.
Again, I like simplicity, so I’m fine with the floor. Some days, I lay a soft rug but that’s about as far as I go.
BONUS tip! Try not to use your new meditation nook for anything else. Some people use it for other things they find relaxing like reading a book etc but that’s not for me. I use it only for meditation. I like to associate that one particular space with only this – it brings me calm just to be there sometimes, without even meditating. Also, limiting the use of this nook certainly helps things be clutter-free (see point 4!).
What does your meditation nook look like? I would love to see pictures on Instagram – and don’t forget to tag me in it.