Create a Soothing Space for Reflection and Meditation
Transform an extra nook at home into a tranquil spot
If you’ve decided to stay indoors for the Holy Week, now’s a great time to start with a meditation ritual. Meditating has been scientifically proven to make you healthier, happier, and feel more energetic and centered. What’s not to love about it? Here’s how to carve out a soothing space for yourself within your home:
Decide on a specific time frame every day, and stick to it.
You can meditate at anytime, anywhere, but most experts would agree that you get the most out of meditation by doing it early in the morning, before your day starts. Allot around 10-15 minutes for your initial meditating time. Why is this important when carving a physical space? It’s so that you can inform those who you’re living with to clear out that space at that specific time, or to not disturb you as well.
Surround yourself with nature or greenery.
A lot of Yoga retreats are done in beaches or up in the mountains, because reconnecting with nature’s been proven to uplift your spirit and make you feel calm and relaxed. But, if you live in the metro, that might be a problem. If you don’t have an open space, settle for playing nature sounds while meditating, to give you a better, serene ambiance.
Photo from Love Maegan.
Get out of bed and sit on a chair, or a mat.
A lot of people meditate and failed at it because they chose to sit up and stay in bed while doing it, and falling back asleep in the process. A good way is to find a spot in your home that has a lot of morning sun, lay a mat on the floor or get a comfortable chair to sit on.
Have a color scheme.
According to Feng Shui, blue is a soothing color that can calm you right down—plus points if the hue reminds you of the sky or the ocean. Maybe that’s why going to the beach and watching the waves is so therapeutic, right? Decorate your space with blue hues, or if you don’t have those, greens would do the trick as well. Green is most associated with nature, and has a healing effect also.
Photo from Moon to Moon.
Scent it up.
Your sense of smell is the strongest out of the five senses; that’s why signature scents are so popular, because you quickly associate scents with memories. Rather than having the smell of breakfast haunting you while you’re meditating, put in some woodsy or minty scents in your diffuser to help you focus (rather than make you feel hungry!). If you don’t have a diffuser, a couple of spritzes in your area will do the trick.
Photo from Fall For DIY.
Keep the distractions out.
Creating the perfect space will be useless if you’ll be disturbed all the time while meditating. Wake up a few minutes early before everyone else, so that you won’t be involved in the morning flurry just yet.
Make your space easily adaptable and movable.
Not all of us have the square footage to have a permanent, meditative space to call our own. The space that you have might just allow space for you to unroll your yoga mat and sit on, that’s it—and that’s okay. Keep all the things you use for daily meditation—your mat, plants, perfume, candles, pillows—in a box, so that you can easily unpack and transform any space into a meditation hub, and pack away when you’re done. Now there’s no excuse not to meditate daily!
Photo from Living Feng Shui.
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