I started meditating as a leftover thing in yoga class. My favorite teacher would lead a short meditation after we finished practicing. But she always encouraged us to meditate on our own, and lately, I’ve been trying to do just that. (It is tough!) So I’ve uncovered a few tips for creating a meditation space in your own home. Of course, you don’t need to buy anything to start a mediation practice. But it can be helpful to have a space dedicated to meditation when you’re trying to quiet your mind. Creating a meditation space is really about trying to tap into what centers you, so it should be completely personal. If you do decide you want to create a meditation space, here are a few things to consider. Let me know if I’ve missed anything! If you’d like to further explore the idea of creating a meditation space, Making Space: Creating a Home Meditation Practice is a helpful book. — Amy Azzarito
1. The physical. It’s difficult to quiet your mind if you are physically uncomfortable. So a meditation cushion can be really helpful. The type of cushion you want is completely personal, but usually, it’s more comfortable if your knees are on the floor and your hips are slightly raised.
2. Consider a screen to keep your space private and reserved just for meditation.
3. Consider bringing natural elements into your space. Maybe a beautiful rock you found on a hike or a seashell from a special beach vacation. Or even a favorite plant.
4. Statuary. Probably most common is the Buddha, but really anything that calms and centers you is great. I really connect with Ganesh, the remover of obstacles. Most days, I feel like there are certainly obstacles in my life that could use removal. I like to begin my meditation sessions with a chant to Ganesh.
Image above: 1. Felted Round Cushions, $84 | 2. Nomad Printed Cotton Dhurrie, Salmon, $19 | 3. Buddha in Meditation, $68 | 4. Turquoise Japa Mala, $12 | 5. Birch Cylinder Planter, $14 | 6. Tibet Hand-hammered Singing Bowl, $138 | 7. Linnea’s Lights Hearth Candle, $30
More meditation space tips after the jump . . .
Image above: 1. Twelve Bells Chime, $24 | 2. Honey Tobacco Apothecary Candle, $20 | 3. Bohemian Sparkle Pillow, $228 | 4. Ganesha Pendant, $3,500 | 5. Gray Soapstone Hand-carved Ganesh Statue, $65 | 6. Vintage Ridges Pot, $6.00 | 7. Kantha Floor Cushion, $98
6. Consider scent. A scented candle or incense can help you relax and center yourself.
7. Use a japa mala, a string of 108 beads used to count mantras. You repeat the mantra 108 times, using the beads to count. Different types of beads are best paired with specific mantras. (Here are some examples of mantras and links to recommended malas.)
8. Think about colors that center and focus you and consider incorporating that color into your meditation space.
9. Sound can also be important. Incorporate fountains or chimes or consider starting your meditation with a singing bowl.
Image above: Empire Kilim Rug, $79–$849
Image above: Hand-cast Buddha, $200
Image above: Meditation Chair, $299 (good if you have trouble sitting on the floor for extended periods of time)