Meditation has become quite the phenomenon recently and for good reason. Study after study has shown that we can significantly improve our health and well-being by taking a few minutes a day to relax and let our minds wander. A growing scientific body suggests regular meditation, even a little, can reduce stress, depression, blood pressure and pain, while improving mood, sleep, health and mental acuity.
To reap the many benefits of this practice, set up a dedicated quiet meditation space, even a small one, somewhere in your home. Creating a place that is calm, peaceful and peaceful is well worth the effort.
Find the right place
Start by finding the right area. Choose a room that makes you feel calm and happy. You don't need much space, just a place you can sit or fold down if you prefer. The room should be relatively quiet, with a limited amount of foot traffic and distractions. Also consider the lighting ̵
Remember that this space may not necessarily be indoors, especially if you live in a welcoming climate. Inside or outside some access to fresh air can be helpful for productive meditation, but the most important aspect is that the place feels comfortable for you.
Clean and declutter the spot you pick, free up space for foreign furniture, paper, trinkets or something something else that can be distracting. Perhaps the best way is to completely empty the room and then reincorporate only the most important elements.
Think about the color palette
The color of your space, believe it or not, can have a great effect on your mood. Consider painting the space if it is not a color that promotes your personal relaxation. Pastel colors instead of dark or bold shades can be more soothing and relaxing, while lighter shades can be more activating.
Some people find it useful to include a sonic element to focus their attention. Bells, gongs, bells or singing bowls are all possibilities, like sound machines or quiet, soothing soundtracks. There is no right or wrong, just experiment to see if any of these work for you, or stick to whatever sounds occur regularly around you. If you think the outside world is distracting, you may want to explore sound insulation or practice comfort with your sonic background landscape.
Natural elements can help improve harmony and balance in a space. Some people interpret meditation as connecting your mind and body to nature, so a plant or two can help you draw that line. Alternatively, you can run to add fresh cut flowers, jars with sand and shells or maybe a water feature.
A small water well can provide a focal point for the endless stream of thoughts you will learn how to allow, and its gentle chatter can help you slip away the more judgmental parts of your consciousness.