In hectic everyday working life and in times of increasing demands in professional life, we need a place that exudes peace and where we can retire. A meditation room is perfect for this: Here we can switch off, relax and meditate, to achieve inner peace and balance. Here are some suggestions to set up your own meditation room.
The choice of space: finding a quiet place
A first step in setting up your own meditation room is the choice of space. Because no matter how beautifully this is set up, relaxation and inner retreat can not adjust, if we are constantly disturbed by external influences during meditation. It is important to be able to meditate undisturbed in order to fully engage in meditation. The first rule is to turn off the phone and the phone. Also, any roommate should be informed that we do not want to be disturbed during meditation.
But which room is the right one ? Each place possesses a very own atmosphere by its condition and its other purpose of use. If you do not have a separate room, you can set up a meditation place, for example, in a little-used guest room or in the bedroom. The meditation corner can then be separated from the rest of the room with room dividers or blankets, for example. However, it is also important what is associated with the particular space. Although the bedroom stands for relaxation, here we are in the meditation, but perhaps quickly tired. Under some circumstances we associate stress with the study – in this case, no suitable place to meditate.
Ideally, we would design ourselves a temple in a space that is used exclusively for our meditation. However, the following things should be noted:
- It should not be a passageway between two commonly used residential areas
- The room should neither be too warm nor too cold nor have too high humidity
- The room should be up away from noise and noise sources are located. Ideally, it is away from the road, can be darkened well and is free of electronic devices such as the TV or computer.
However, it is not enough if the meditation room is a quiet place. Because even sounds from the neighboring apartment or traffic noise from outside can keep us from coming to rest. If we do not live alone, even noises in the next room can be distracting during meditation. Here are a few tips to help To absorb noise from the outside and from the side rooms , Thus, triple insulated windows are useful to reduce street noise. Sometimes it is enough to renew the rubber seal on the window. For thin masonry, soundproofing panels also help reduce the noise level. Noise from the adjoining rooms can be reduced with insulating materials such as felt, wool carpets, wall hangings, heavy curtains, upholstery, decorative towels and tablecloths. Even open clothes racks, book boards and other small furniture break the sound, as smooth, reflective surfaces are broken. TVs and music systems should not be placed directly on the partition wall and rough floor coverings contribute to impact sound absorption.
The design of the room: appeal to all senses
Once a place of rest has been found, it goes to the establishment of the meditation room. To meditate you need a meditation mat as a base and a comfortable meditation cushion, which is the central location in the room. You may also be able to use a hammock, an armchair or a beanbag. Otherwise, there are no fixed rules when setting up: It is important in the first place, to feel comfortable and to design the room according to the individual preferences. The meditation room should radiate comfort and warmth. In addition, it can be beneficial for meditation, if through the design all senses are addressed , For the additional decoration elements, therefore, a small table can be useful as an altar so that items that are important to you, find their place there.
For the sense of sight: decoration, lights and colors
It is important that the meditation room is nicely decorated and meets the individual taste. For example, images with intimate personal or spiritual meaning can be hung – such as with a mandala. Such pictures can help to get in the mood for meditation. There are also meditations, which are mainly based on pictures and mandalas. The basis of this mandala and image meditation is Tantrism. On the small altar can also Buddha figures, beautiful sayings or Gems be placed in support of meditation. Green plants radiate tranquility – however, plants with rounded leaves should be chosen here. Palm trees or grasses with pointed leaves have a negative effect on chi. Even a Zen garden with bonsai trees has a calming effect. With soft light sources, an atmospheric atmosphere can be created in the room. For example, lava lamps, fairy lights, dimmable lamps or candles can create a special atmosphere. Painting the walls in your favorite color brings an even more personal touch to the meditation room. Tip: You should not use too bright colors. Blue tones or light beige and brown tones are best suited to settle down after a stressful working day. On the other hand, if meditation is more likely to help recharge your batteries, warm colors are recommended – such as gentle orange and dark red tones, which are particularly effective on curtains, cushions and blankets.
For the sense of smell: flowers, oils . Incense sticks and scented candles
Who beguiles the nose, comes to rest a lot easier. Therefore, some items in the meditation room can find space that stimulate the sense of smell. A bouquet of fresh flowers smells heavenly and immediately puts us in a relaxed attitude. But essential oils, Duftpotpourris and incense also stimulate the sense of smell. In addition, scented candles can be placed to emphasize the feel-good atmosphere yet. Tip: There are certain Fragrances that are particularly suitable for relaxation , The fresh lemon or orange fragrance, for example, has a particularly stimulating and invigorating effect. This also helps against listlessness and bad mood. Peppermint also has a refreshing effect and helps to recharge your batteries. Rosemary is also activating and triggers positive mood. Even the cedar as a room fragrance is said to have a harmonizing and constructive effect on the psyche. Scents such as lavender and cinnamon have a rather soothing and balancing effect. Even fragrances such as honey, vanilla and rose relax body and mind and improve the mood. The gentle, balsamic scent of sandalwood also has a relaxing effect and helps to recover from the everyday hectic and to recharge your batteries from within.
For the sense of hearing: music, wind chimes and singing bowls
Also through the sense of hearing, we can relax and support the meditation. For example, a CD of meditative music can be played, which has a calming effect and can put us in a meditative mood. This is often deposited with waves, as the sea is perceived by many as an oasis of relaxation. Other sounds of nature also have a calming effect. For example, a CD with bird chirping can support meditation. A small water fountain also provides relaxation due to the even splashing. A wind chime also provides for serenity with its sounds. With singing bowls or cymbals, we can also initiate and complete a meditation and spread additional peace. But also the singing of mantras is very popular for this. The mantra meditation is especially suitable for training the sense of hearing.
For the sense of touch: meditation mala and comfortable blankets and pillows
Comfortable blankets and pillows not only look pretty as a splash of color, they also spread the necessary comfort and cosiness in the meditation room. In addition, it stimulates the sense of touch when we cuddle in meditating in a fluffy blanket. By stimulating the sense of touch, we make it possible to live and be more alert at the present moment. Therefore, many also like to use meditation malas in their meditation. For example, if you struggle to break away from your thoughts, you can deepen your concentration with a rose quartz mala in the meditation room. There are, for example, 108 pearl meditation malas that help count the mantras and calm the mind , It may therefore make sense to strengthen the ability to meditate with the stimulation of the sense of touch. But also in the opposite direction a connection between sense of touch and meditation can be seen: So especially Zen meditation can help to sharpen the sense of touch ,
For the taste: tea and fruits
The stimulation of the sense of taste in connection with meditation is also useful. For example, we can end a meditation comfortably with a delicious cup of tea. Especially with a nice tea set or a pretty teapot, drinking tea can become a ritual. Another plus: Drinking a warm drink is particularly soothing. Meanwhile, ideas or findings from the meditation can be entered into a meditation journal. Those who focus on mindfulness meditations can also fully appreciate the taste of the fruit through the deliberate eating of, say, a raspberry. So tea or fruits can train the sense of taste and thus support meditation.