The spaces in our homes are often defined by the activities that are important to us. We have spaces for eating, sleeping, playing, and cooking, and perhaps other spaces for sewing, writing, reading, painting, or model train building.
We label the rooms of our homes by what we do in them – dining, living, entertaining – or the objects we use in them – beds, TVs, baths. Do we have spaces in our homes that we create to just be in them?
A meditation space gives you a place in your home that is dedicated to silence and stillness.
Spending some time in stillness each day gives us a chance to practice paying attention to our own experience. This is what allows us to then bring intentional awareness to our activities throughout the day. Our formal meditation sessions are the trainings — the workouts — that allow us to cultivate that awareness, and ultimately be more present in our own lives.
Here are best tips for creating a meditation space that’s equal parts dreamy and peaceful. Whether you want to devote a full room to your practice or just a small corner, her insight is meant to help turn meditation from a lofty goal into a daily practice.
- Keep the cushion in plain sight
If you want to make meditation a regular habit, one of Wray’s best tips is keeping your cushion front and center in either your bedroom or living room as a visual cue.”We all know the saying ‘out of sight out of mind,’” she says. “Having a visual inspiration to practice meditation is a powerful reminder.”
Wray offers up some other helpful tips when picking out a meditation cushion: “If you do yoga a lot and have more open hips, a lower cushion might [feel better] to you. But if your hips are a bit tighter or if you like sitting higher up with more support, then a more elevated or firmer cushion would be best.”
If your ankles tend to fall asleep during meditation, Wray suggests placing them on another cushion or blanket.
- Keep the color scheme peaceful
Since meditation isn’t exactly a time when you want to feel jittery or restless, Wray suggests incorporating peaceful colors into the space. When picking out throw blankets and wall hangings, think about what feels soothing to you. “Once you start associating your meditation space with calm and joy you will be more likely to sit in practice,” she says.
That doesn’t mean you have to eschew patterns altogether—especially if you like them—but it may mean choosing soften color palettes over bold and busy prints.
- Add tools to enhance your practice
Besides a meditation cushion, Wray says there are other tools you can incorporate into your meditation space to make it magical (or at the very least, feel less like a chore). One of her faves is obviously mala beads. Repeating your manta as you touch each bead—or simply just breathing in and out as you do so—is a helpful way to bring focus to a restless mind, something every meditator can relate to.
“You can also use crystals, sage, or a singing bowl to clear the energy or space, as well as candles and a journal to write down what you reflect on,” Wray says. If you have a word or mantra you live by, you can also bring in art and imagery to reflect it, such as a framed quote about gratitude.