2023 is the year of YOU, which means self-care should be one of your top priorities this year. One of the best forms of self-care is meditation, so having a dedicated meditation room or corner is vital to your inner peace. By designing a peaceful and calming space that appeals to all of your senses, you can create a refuge from the busyness of daily life and create a place to relax, recharge, and connect with your inner self. Enjoy these ideas that will satisfy each sense: sight, sound, touch, smell, taste – and even your 6th sense.
Soft & Neutral Colors
The colors in your meditation room should be calming and soothing. Soft, neutral colors, such as white, beige, and light blues or greens are the best colors to include in your space. It’s helpful to consider feng shui and color psychology when choosing colors for your space, because the primary color you see will directly impact your mood. Try to avoid colors like red, orange, or yellow, as they can make your mind very active.
Elements of Nature
Bringing in plants and natural elements to your meditation room has a profound impact on your overall well-being and mindfulness practice. The presence of greenery has been shown to reduce stress levels and improve mood, making it an essential component of creating a peaceful and calming environment. From succulents and herbs to hanging ferns and potted flowers, adding a touch of nature to your meditation space will enhance its overall aesthetic and create a sense of tranquility that invites you to connect with your inner self.
Props & Decor Items
There are so many different items that can be used in meditation rooms to help you feel zen. It’s common for meditation spaces to have an altar of some kind that holds your favorite healing items. What matters most is that you choose what ‘speaks’ to you most. When you meditate, it’s important to be surrounded by things that mean something to you.
Common Decor & Props In A Meditation Room:
- Candles & Incense
- Totem (Example: Buddha Statue)
- Mala Necklaces
- Tarot or Oracle Card Decks
- Yoga Mat
- Fairy/Twinkle Lights
It’s also ideal to have decor pieces that make your space feel a certain way. For example, using mirrors strategically creates a sense of openness and spaciousness. And instead of traditional artwork, try hanging macrame or adding a moss wall art display that adds to the overall vibe.
It’s also nice to have a painting or print that really speaks to you. If you have trouble visualizing or clearing your mind during meditations, you can focus on the artwork and use it as a focal point for your meditation. Candles are great for focusing on as well.
Natural light is the best lighting for your meditation room because it has a very calming and uplifting effect on the mind and body. Vitamin D is vital for a happier mind! Consider adding a skylight or keeping your curtains open to bring in as much natural light as possible. You can also use sheer curtains to filter the light and create a softer ambiance.
Using lamps that emit a soft, golden glow are ideal. Himalayan salt lamps emit a warm, soothing glow while also purifying the air and promoting better physical and emotional health.
To create a peaceful and calming sound environment, incorporate calming nature sounds, a small fountain, or using soundproofing techniques, such as curtains or rugs, to reduce any abrasive external noise. You can use a white noise machine or an ambient noise generator app to create a soothing background soundscape.
One of my favorite ways to create a meditative atmosphere is by playing ambient music or ASMR sounds on YouTube. If you have a TV in your meditation room, try playing one of these videos. There are many videos with nature scenes that are beautiful to listen to (and watch!).
Music & Meditations
Keep a speaker or ear buds in your meditation room so you can listen to calming music and meditations. There are many meditation playlists on Spotify and YouTube to explore. If possible, install an ad-blocker or subscribe to the premium versions so you’re not shocked out of your tranquil state because of an advertisement break.
Singing Bowls & A Gong
Adding singing bowls or a gong to your meditation room is wonderful if you want to add elements that you can interact with. Singing bowls produce vibrations that resonate throughout the body, promoting physical and mental relaxation. The deep, rich sounds of a gong also helps to quiet the mind.
The soothing sound of running water from a fountain can enhance your meditation experience and help you feel like you’re outside in nature while meditating. Not only is it calming to watch, the sound of the water helps to calm the mind, reduce stress, and makes it easier to sink into a deep meditative state. Close your eyes and pretend you’re sitting by a beautiful, babbling brook in a floral meadow. Ahhhh….
Furniture & Cushions
It’s worth investing in comfortable and supportive seating because comfort is a top priority while meditating. You can find many high-quality meditation cushions or chairs that provide proper support and alignment. A comfortable and supportive seat can make all the difference in your meditation practice.
A yoga mat would be a nice addition in case you want to do some sun salutations or lay down for your meditations. Add in some throw pillows to support you as you lay down and get comfortable.
Cozy Fabrics & Textures
Use calming textures, such as soft fabrics, smooth stones, or wood, to add to the peaceful atmosphere. Having a nice knitted blanket would also be helpful because, like mentioned before, you want to maximize comfort in your meditation room. It’s best to incorporate natural textures, like cotton or hemp, rather than plastics or harsh materials like metals. These cozy blankets will make you want to stay in your room all day!
Many people believe that crystals possess unique properties that can affect your body and mind while holding it, and the energy of a room. Some crystals are believed to have specific properties that can release anxiety, help ground you, or provide clarity. Each crystal can be chosen based on their specific energy and property, and can be held or placed on the body during meditation to enhance the energy you are seeking.
Candles & Incense
The fragrant aromas of candles and incense create a sense of warmth, comfort, and peace that supports relaxation and introspection. I use incense every morning when I meditate and it has become one of my favorite smells in the world. Each time I smell incense or something similar, it triggers my mind to relax.
In addition, the use of candles and incense in meditation can also be used as a way to set an intention, and can help create a sense of ritual and ceremony. Sage and palo santo are also wonderful scents that are used during meditations and energy clearing ceremonies.
Much like candles and incense, essential oils also have the power to transport you to a place of peace and tranquility, making them a perfect addition to your meditation room. The aroma of scents such as lavender, vanilla, and sandalwood can calm the mind and soothe the soul, helping you to find a deeper state of relaxation. As you breathe in the calming scents, let the stresses of the day slip away, and allow yourself to be fully present in the moment.
Tea has long been a central part of cultural and spiritual practices in China and Japan, especially meditation. In China, tea is considered a way to connect with the present moment and cultivate inner peace, and in Japan, tea meditation is often part of formal tea ceremonies known as “chanoyu.” Both cultures focus on the sensory experiences of the tea, including its aroma, flavor, and appearance, as well as the ritual of preparing and serving it. By incorporating tea into your meditation practice, you can bring a sense of ritual and ceremony to your practice and enhance your connection with the present moment.
Cacao ceremonies have a long history, dating back to ancient civilizations such as the Maya and Aztec cultures. In these cultures, cacao was considered a sacred plant and was used in rituals and ceremonies to connect with the divine and bring about inner peace and spiritual growth. You can hold a mini cacao ceremony in your own meditation room – it’s a unique and enjoyable way to enhance your practice. Raw cacao is known for its heart-opening and grounding properties, so a mini cacao ceremony allows you to connect with the present moment in a nourishing and meaningful way. (Plus, it’s delicious!)
6. Sixth Sense
What is The 6th sense?
The sixth sense, also known as the “third eye” or “inner eye,” is a spiritual and intuitive sense that is believed to be a doorway to higher consciousness and spiritual insight. It is often associated with clairvoyance, the ability to see beyond the physical senses, and is believed to allow an individual to access information and knowledge that is beyond the realm of the five physical senses.
So how do you sharpen your 6th sense? Meditation is widely know to be the best way to enhance your 6th sense, which is why having a devoted room for meditation is a great idea for your home. Here are a few more ways to tap into your 6th sense, in the comfort of your meditation room.
Incorporate intention setting and visualization into your meditation practice. Before beginning your meditation, take a moment to set a clear intention, then use visualization techniques to focus on this intention. For example, during a morning meditation you can set an intention to find joy in every experience. You’ll notice, the more you set intentions, the more aware and positive you’ll feel throughout your day.
Writing down your thoughts and feelings before or after meditation can help you process emotions and gain insight into your inner world. Keeping a journal in your meditation room also provides a space to reflect on your progress and set goals for your personal growth and development. I’ve been journaling for years and I can tell you that it is the single greatest tool for enhancing my 6th sense. By writing about how I feel and my visions for my future, my life has improved tremendously!
The most important aspect of creating a meditation room is to make it your own. Always use items, colors, and designs that are meaningful to you. There are many articles on how to make the perfect meditation room, but ultimately, your meditation room should be filled with what makes you happy and calm. If that means you have an espresso machine, disco balls, and rainbow wallpaper – you do you! That’s the best part about it all, isn’t it?
By using these recommendations and incorporating your own unique and creative ideas, you can create a peaceful meditation room that supports your practice and promotes overall well-being. Remember to keep the space simple, uncluttered, and free from distractions, and let your personal style and preferences guide the design. Namaste!