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Meditation Rooms: 45 Inspiring Spaces

by Grace Bonney

Last year I committed to making some changes that would help me find a better work/life balance. But despite my best efforts, I can be a stubborn jerk when it comes to embracing things that involve yoga, chanting and incense. I love and respect what those practices can do for other people, but I’ve really struggled to find an activity that works for me (and my sometimes cynical nature). This year, I decided to push through that doubting side of myself and commit to at least one act that helps me unplug, de-stress and center myself. So far, that activity has been meditation. I’m still learning and reading about methods that feel most comfortable for me, but I think it has the potential to be the outlet I need. So today I decided to celebrate the way that activity intersects with my existing passion for design. Starting with this post, Amy and I are each sharing meditation-related ideas today. First, I rounded up 45 inspiring meditation spaces that will get the ball rolling if you’ve been thinking about trying something like this in your home. I hardly have room for a second chair, let alone a full meditation room, but even some of the small nooks in the roundup have helped me imagine how I could re-purpose spaces in my apartment. Whether you’re looking for a place to unwind or just some beautiful, calming rooms to enjoy, I hope you’ll enjoy these spaces as much as I did. Click here to view all 45 rooms on my Pinterest board and stay tuned for Amy’s roundup of beautiful home decor that you can use to set up any home meditation space. xo, grace

*I added a Health + Wellness category to D*S today, too. All this month, we’ll be sharing healthy ideas, from juice recipes to all-natural home cleaners. A new year deserves a fresh, healthy start for sure.

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  • I love meditation. It’s one of the few things that can really help me relax and breath and feel the stress melting out of my body. To have a meditation room would be incredible. Usually I just lock the bedroom door and try to hide away for 10 minutes, haha.

  • I recommend meditation to a lot of my clients who are not “meditation people.” I’ve found that the “Breathing Zone” app is particularly approachable for skeptics. A round up of meditation apps, anyone?

  • ooh, thank you to the commenters above for the app suggestions. I went to yoga school, earned my 200 hour yoga teacher certificate and still, it’s hard to find time, space and even the energy to sit still and be calm. It’s a life-long process, you have your whole life to get good at it. :)

  • I started meditating regularly after I read a book by Susan Piver. She’s started a great movement called the Open Heart project, and you can sign up on her website to get emails twice weekly with 10-minute guided meditation videos (free, at least for now!). It’s helped me be consistent and I’ve learned a lot from her.

  • I’ve tried yoga a few times and am not against it but it didn’t stick to my life. Last year I learned how to throw pottery on a wheel and it became my version of meditation/yoga. When I’m at the wheel the outside world shuts down, my thoughts leave my brain and my whole body relaxes. If I don’t go at least once a week the rest of my life goes hay wire.

    Perhaps yoga might not be for you, but I’d bet there is some kind of activity out there that would achieve the same thing.

  • Hello Grace!
    I have found ashtanga and vinyasa flow something I can commit to, given that they are very dynamic. Also, I have had my ups and downs with meditation (for some reason, I find it easy in a sauna, I bet it looks odd). I am subscribed to these guys’ newsletter, though, and they offer three months free very regularly: http://www.getsomeheadspace.com/ Their graphics are super cute! i hope this helps!

  • I’m seeing this very late but really excited to see this topic on D*S. I am prone to general anxiety, the kind that I’m not always conscious of and yet it destroys my nerves and hinders my sleep. I tried meditation once and though I definitely only scratched the surface, I saw a potential there for something good. I’ve been meaning to try to find a book or something that could help guide me into trying it more. Thanks for the inspiration!

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