1) Simplicity Is Key
Start off with a meditation space that’s entirely focused on one object like a calming painting or a beautiful statue. You want an object that evokes positive, soothing feelings when you focus on it. This makes your choice highly personal, and the right focus object should make it easier for you to enter and leave a meditative state. Spiritual or sacred objects are common choices, but follow your instincts to the focus that’s right for you.
2) Cut Back On Clutter
Meditation works best when you’re able to combine complete relaxation with intense focus. This is hard to do in “busy” environments that are full of potential distractions. If you want your meditation space to be a useful retreat that helps you find your mental balance, keep clutter to a minimum. Focus objects as described above are fine, as are some basic comforts like cushions or pillows. Get rid of anything that doesn’t contribute directly to your meditation, though!
3) Reach Out To The Four Elements
Many people find it beneficial to create a meditation space that evokes each of the four core elements. Adding a plant or a crystal will represent earth. A candle can evoke fire; incense brings forth air. Water isn’t necessarily a challenge, either. It might not be time to invest in indoor water fountain, but even adding a simple bowl of water can help complete your elemental decor.
4) Stay Safe
When it comes to candles and incense, take steps to make sure you’re not creating a fire hazard. Place them where they’re not at risk of being tipped over accidentally. A holder that isolates burning materials inside a reservoir of sand or water is also a great idea.
5) Engage Your Ears
Soothing sounds are a huge boon to meditation. Set up wind chimes, open a window to let in natural sounds, or use pre-recorded music to get yourself in the right mood. If you choose this last strategy, make sure you vary your selections in order to avoid falling into a rut.
6) Link To The Natural World
Some of the furnishings described above – plants, fountains, water bowls – are especially valuable because they help tie you closer to nature when you’re attempting to meditate. You can use these as specific focus objects or simply as soothing decor; any steps you take to make your space more natural will help.
7) Get The Air Right
Don’t challenge yourself to meditate in a room that’s either uncomfortably hot or distractingly chilly. Get a good, comfortable temperature set before you meditate. If you use incense or candles, make sure you ventilate your meditation space to keep the air fresh.