Meditation is the journey within you, but the exterior ambiance goes a long way in creating a meaningful experience while meditating.
A meditation space serves as a constant reminder of the need for stillness and reflection.
Vastu Shastra and Feng Shui say that your surrounding has a deep effect on you. And they have been right for ages.
If you feel the need for finding a formal place for meditation, then let us guide you on meditation room designs. Some of you probably want to know how to build a meditation room. Let’s talk about it.
Benefits of Having Your Very Own Meditation Room
- It is a place where you feel reborn and rejuvenated each day. It is your ‘happy place’.
- Meditation in the same private sanctuary each day will help you relax more quickly.
- It deepens your intimacy with yoga, meditation, and prayer.
- It can be a designated, shared space where you connect with others and yourself.
- The lighting, decor, furniture and sculptures make the space personal for you and help you tangibly connect with your spiritual side.
1. Choose an Inspiring Place that Makes You Feel Good
It can be inside or outside your house.
Whenever you walk into space, it should make you smile.
Ensure that the room is in a quiet place, away from traffic noises.
Some consider the north-east corner to be religiously and spiritually auspicious. Others prefer the southeast side because it catches the morning light for early meditation.
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You can select a room that has a view of the rising sun or the vista of a beautiful sunset.
Lighting is an integral part of meditation. Natural light is always preferable to artificial lighting. You can select a room with lots of windows or a balcony.
Meditation can be practiced anywhere. Just select any unique space that makes you comfortable and relaxed.
An outdoor space serves well too. It can be a small garden, patio, or a deck. A patch of green is very soothing to the eyes and perfect for deep meditation.
The size of the room should depend on whether you want to practice individually or in a group.
You can also create a 6-square-feet adobe cell in your house or garden.
The room can have tatami mats or bare-wood floors.
2. Keep the Space Clean and Uncluttered
Ensure that the room has only the essential items.
Get rid of all ‘extras’. They can be very distracting to meditation.
Furniture like desks, cabinets with drawers, storage shelves may add to your stress as they remind you of the piling office work.
Only keep a few elements in the room. They should include a yoga mat, a soft rug, a small table, pillows and cushions in different sizes for yoga.
3. Keep All Technology Away
As a general rule, you should keep all electronic items away from your meditation room.
Especially—and we cannot stress this enough—your phone. The constant barrage of calls, emails and text messages can have a negative impact for meditation.
Try to keep your phone outside the room. Even keeping it just on silent can be distracting if it is nearby.
You should also free your meditation space from other electronic items like the television, computer, or video games.
You may consider keeping a music system, though if you need help with the chants and mantras.
4. Bring Nature Inside Your Meditation Space
Nature is organically soothing and healing. Bringing some natural elements into your room will allow you to relax your body and mind.
The chaotic urban life does not allow a lot of nature into your life.
However, you can alter that with simple touches in your meditation room. Try adding potted plants (in particular with scents), vases full of flowers, or even a bowl of sand, seashells, or stone.
You can try adding a water fountain too. It will offer soothing sounds, and it will feel like meditating on the beach. It will also drown out the city noise.
You may also consider installing an aquarium in your meditation space.
5. Play Meditation Music
Music can be very beneficial for relaxing. It is especially useful for those who live in the din of the city with screeching noises from the traffic, marketplaces, and trains.
Meditative music will decrease the intensity of these outside noises. It will you get into a peaceful state during meditation.
Choose music that does not have any lyrics. However, it can be a mantra playing in the background.
You can also play the sound of music into your room by listening to recordings of chirping birds, the whistling wind, or the sea waves.
Set the track for the entire meditation session beforehand and set it on repeat to avoid distractions.
The use of scented oils from natural plants (like jasmine, lavender, chamomile, or peppermint) can help you de-stress and relax.
You can try incense sticks, scented candles, and heating oil as part of aromatherapy.
Aromatherapy has been used in Ayurveda for ages, and it has the following benefits:
- Reduces anxiety and eases depression.
- Strengthens energy and eliminates headaches.
- Enhances cognitive performance.
- Strengthens the immune system and alleviates pain.
- Can also boost circulation and loosen the muscles.
7. Add Personal Touches to Your Meditation Room
You can include wind chimes, beads, stone artifacts, bell, crystals, and statues as personal touches in your meditation space. This will enhance the soothing ambiance of the room.
However, you should not overcrowd the room. Simplicity goes a long way in meditation. You can also change these artifacts from time to time for a varied experience.
8. Select a Soothing Color for Your Meditation Room
Besides the physical and sensory objects in the room, you need to pay special attention to the color palette. It lends visual character to the room and helps you get into the mood.
Some people prefer pastel shades as opposed to bright or dark ones since they are soothing and more relaxing.
The tints and shades of violet are conducive to meditation. Bright yellows and oranges can be distracting.
You can also go for a dark paint palette—dark room meditation tends to create an envelope with a womb-like feel which some people prefer.
You can also go for natural wallpaper to enhance the surroundings.
The choice is yours—select any paint palette that helps you feel tranquil and relieves stress.
9. Ensure That There is Enough Natural Ventilation in the Room
The benefits of fresh air are immense. They boost your cognitive power and make you feel fresh.
Make sure that the indoor room has cross ventilation. A cool breeze does wonders for meditation.
If natural ventilation is not available, try artificial means. You can use ceiling fans or stand-up fans. Select those appliances that use ‘quiet technology’. Otherwise, they will distract you from meditation.
You can also try air purifiers. Ensure that the room is free from mosquitoes and insects.
10. Good Lighting Makes All the Difference in Meditation
Natural light is best for meditation. But ensure that the light does not fall straight into your eyes.
Use sun-breakers and shades to keep too much light and heat at bay.
You can choose curtains in sheer fabric to allow diffused light into the room.
If the room lacks natural light, then you should choose light fixtures carefully.
The lighting fixtures should be calm and relaxing to you. You can choose from bright and dim lights.
Avoid intense overhead lighting. Lamps, sconces, and candle lighting work best for meditation.
You can also choose fixtures that throw kaleidoscopic shadows on the floor.
For outdoor spaces, ensure that the sunlight is not too bright. You can select umbrella shading or pergola roofing to diffuse the light. You can even envelope the space with colorful shades to create an appropriate environment.
Last, but not least
Here are some other elements that you can consider while decorating your meditation room:
- Talismans as symbols of peace and luck
- Mementos for mental attachment to the room
- Art pieces for effective ambiance
- Photographs and relics from loved ones
- Shells, stones, and trinkets from visits to unusual places
- Incense and scented candle. Diyas and chandeliers work fine too
- Carpets and mirrors
- Calming music CD’s or musical instruments
- Runes, Tarot cards, and crystal balls for spiritual experience
- Sacred Scriptures of wisdom from all faiths
There are many elements to choose from for your meditation room that create a good start. It increases the desire for meditation within you.
Start looking inside your home and find the correct spot for you.
You will be surprised to find that the right room with the right elements will help you meditate like never before.
Let intuition guide you in shaping this room and arranging its furniture.
And after finding the right sanctuary or ‘hideout,’ dive into the wonders of meditation.
We hope this article on how to make a meditation room fits your needs and is helpful to you.