Create Your Own Meditation Nook

You know that interlude of time at the end of every yoga class, when your instructor may ask you to sit quietly, hold your hands to your heart, and take a moment to silently thank yourself and others for the sake of existence and gratitude? And don’t you always feel better, clearer, at the end, after even that brief one-minute space? That’s what we’re aiming for when we meditate.

Our surroundings play a key part in that. (There is a reason many yoga studios are built so that natural light abounds, and light wood plays a key role.) So if you don’t make it to yoga class every day, can you create a little space for yourself where you, too, can take a minute or two to be thankful and clear your mind?

Yes, you can. (For information on how to start a meditation practice, click here.) Here are the building blocks of any mediation space.

A physical boundary. In some ways, your space for meditation should remain sacred to that purpose, much as experts are recommending that your bedroom should give you cues that it’s to be used for relaxation. So, in the same way you might eliminate all but the most soothing artifacts from your bedroom, consider your meditation space to be used only for meditation. It can be just a little corner, enough room for yourself and some small items. Consider a screen, or a pretty curtain, even.

Quiet. Turn your phone off. Shut your laptop. Close the door. Even if you’re in your office, take these steps for yourself. You’ll be much more inclined to take time for yourself if you know that you can’t be interrupted, and although you can’t stop people from knocking at your door, you can do whatever you can to lessen the possibilities.

A few tokens of gratitude. Curate a few items that inspire you. Is it a favorite plant? A photo of a beloved place? A token from a special time? Surrounding yourself with these things encourages a steady practice, and makes your meditation space a place of positivity

Comfort. Sit on something that’s comfortable to you and always has been. Some choose to sit on the floor or on a pouf, but you can choose a special chair, or even just a soft pillow. Remember, the key is to be able to stay in repose for the length of your meditation.

Some indication of nature. If you can have your space face the window, or be in natural light, that’s a bonus. You can even create a meditation space outdoors. If your space isn’t near a window, that’s okay. A houseplant or a small desktop fountain is a lovely indication of nature.

That’s it. Go on and create your own meditation nook, and tell us about it in the comments. We look forward to hearing from you!

Megan Risdon

CEO EcoChic

Megan Risdon is the CEO of EcoChic Lifestyles. She was inspired to found the company when she discovered the possibilities for crafting art furniture from colorful fishing boat wood.