We have a kitchen for food and a bedroom for sleep. If we want to develop mindfulness and cultivate inner peace, it makes sense to have a meditation space just for that. More and more people are turning to meditation and practicing it at home. But how do you decide which is the best place to meditate in your house?
Dedicate an entire room to meditation or choose any quiet, low-traffic space. Make sure the lighting is soft and you feel comfortable. Personalize your space by adding photos, flowers, etc. It’s recommended to meditate at the same place and around the same time every day.
People usually make the mistake of not separating their workplace from their meditation space. And there are also places outside your home where you can meditate to spice things up. Read on to learn all about finding your perfect meditation spot.
Choosing a place
Although you can do it anytime, anywhere, having a dedicated meditation space in your home is beneficial. It ensures that you stay regular with your practice and helps set the mood for meditation. Choosing the perfect spot is not that difficult; you just have to look for a quiet, suitable place that you’ll then customize to your liking.
The best thing would be to dedicate an entire room for your spiritual practice. It’ll make a noticeable difference in your progress. As soon as you walk into that room, its ambiance will gently prepare you to meditate even if you weren’t feeling like it.
However, many of us can’t dedicate an entire room—which is perfectly fine. Choose a quiet space where you can sit for some time without getting disturbed. You don’t want people walking or chatting around you, so make sure it has little traffic.
If you can’t find a quiet space around you, choose a spot that’s convenient. Any corner in your house will do the job. Just turn off the lights, close the door, and get in touch with yourself. However, make sure that your meditation spot is away from work. If you work at home or have a desk devoted to it, don’t meditate around it.
Lastly, lighting should be soft. Like me, you may find a bright, sunny spot distracting once you close your eyes. Or sitting in total darkness may make you sleepy. So make sure the lighting is appropriate for you to meditate.
Making it your own
Once you’ve chosen the perfect spot for your practice, the next step is to personalize it. This will help you set the tone for meditation as your mind will learn to associate that space with stillness and serenity.
If you’re religious, you can start by putting an idol to inspire your meditation sessions. If you’re Buddhist, for example, you can keep a small statue or picture of Buddha; if you’re a Hindu, you can have your Ishta-Devata (favorite god). If you have a Guru, this is the place to hang their photo to bow down to them before and after your sessions.
But if you have no religious inclinations, you can put some potted plants, a candle or a lamp, or a picture of any inspirational figure. I also suggest having a small mat only for meditation.
Decorating your place will help your mind feel comfortable. Just sitting on your meditation mat can calm your mind and prepare you for your practice. These things can also serve as a reminder of your goal, which is to develop mindfulness and concentration. Here are some things you can use to personalize your meditation space:
- Natural objects
- Sacred texts
- Picture or statues of inspirational figures or nature
Building a routine
Learning to meditate is straightforward and easy; making it a part of your life is the challenge. If you’re new to meditation, remember this: consistency is the key. Many people struggle with building a habit of meditation. They do a few vigorous sessions but don’t follow it up with consistent practice. I used to be one of them (wasted a year doing on-and-off meditation).
Having a dedicated meditation spot goes a long way in ensuring that you practice daily. Every time you walk past it, you’ll be reminded of your mindfulness commitment to yourself. Meditating on the same spot also helps your mind associate that space with spiritual practice. So even on the days you don’t feel like it, sitting on your mat for a few minutes will prepare your mind for meditation.
Along with meditating in the same place, meditating at around the same time also helps to develop a routine. It doesn’t have to be an exact time of the day; selecting a general time like morning or evening is fine.
Also, combining this with a trigger would be ideal. A trigger is when one existing habit reminds you of something else, helping you form another habit. Something like I wake up, I have my coffee, and I meditate can make it a lot easier to practice daily.
I’ve written a full article discussing these tips and more to help you build a habit of meditation. Read it here.
Places to meditate outside your home
You don’t always have to meditate inside. Practicing in a different spot once in a while is a good way to keep the monkey mind from getting bored. Here are some places outside to meditate outside your house:
- You can meditate in your office during your lunch break. Sit straight, close your eyes, and scan your whole body mindfully. Or spend a few minutes focusing on your breath. If you can’t do it in the office—maybe you work in an open cabin—go to your car and take some mindful timeout.
- Even if you’re not religious, meditating in a holy place can have a huge effect on your practice. Temples, mosques, and monasteries are excellent places to visit and meditate in. Their calm, introspective atmosphere helps you turn inward and train your mind.
- Natural places are always suitable for meditation or contemplation. You don’t have to go to the Himalayas though; something as simple as meditating in a garden can also help you experience calmness.
- Other than a garden, you can also meditate near rivers, streams, or waterfalls. The soothing sound of running water encourages contemplation and tranquility.
Meditation is an excellent tool to find inner peace and transform your life. It’s important to create a routine and stay consistent to see results from your practice. Meditating at the same place and around the same time can help you create a daily meditation habit.
For this, choosing a suitable meditation space is crucial. Here, we’ve talked about the various factors you need to consider while selecting your spot. I hope this article helped you find the best place for meditation in your home.