If you’ve ever tried to meditate, you know just how tough it can be to tap into your inner state and sit still for 30 seconds, let alone for longer stretches. And while the benefits of mindfulness and meditation are many, it can be challenging to carve out time amid the busyness of your day-to-day routine. Creating a special space in your home could help serve as a sanctuary to reflect and engage in mindfulness training. Here’s what you’ll need to save for to transform an alcove in your abode into your own personal meditation haven.
If you’re new to the practice, a wooden meditation bench can help you perfect your posture and breathing techniques. Because meditation benches are slightly angled, you’ll be able to sit or kneel with your back straight while remaining relaxed. They can also come upholstered with a bit of padding and either a cotton or silk cover, which provides additional comfort. If you have knee or back problems and have trouble sitting for long periods of time, you can opt for a meditation chair, which can support your back.
Hang up artwork in your space to help spark tranquility or get in the zone. It could be a favorite handpicked quote of yours, or a drawing that has personal meaning. Depending on what’s to your liking, you can go for a more uniform, minimalist look, or spring for something more eclectic, with a small collection of illustrations and frames in different styles and sizes.
Pillows and blankets
To keep you comfortable while you master meditation, store a couple of throw pillows and blankets in your space. Pillows can be used as an extra cushion when working on your posture, or to keep comfy while reading or drinking tea.
If you’re spending time in your mindfulness alcove early in the morning or right before bedtime, it could get a bit drafty. A light blanket can help keep you warm when spending time in your space. If your place has hardwood floors, in addition to a yoga mat, you can place a folded-up blanket underneath your meditation bench to provide a bit of extra padding between your legs and the floor.
As mindfulness and meditation start in the mind, you’ll want to nourish them with plenty of literature to expand your brain and continue learning. Keep your collection of books in a convenient place with a bookshelf. To optimize your space, a small one with just a couple of shelves will do. You might also want to consider getting a cube bookcase, so you can store an assortment of books, candles, and small plants.
Proper lighting can help create the right environment to help clear your thoughts and focus on your breathing. However, you don’t need anything fancy like recessed lighting or a skylight; a floor lamp will do the trick. A dimmable, vertical floor lamp will give you greater control of the lighting in your haven. You can also place a few tea lights or a strand of LED bulbs to give your space a soft, soothing glow.
Japanese tea set
To practice mindfulness, you can partake in mindful tea drinking in your space. This entails taking the time to be grateful for the warm beverage that’s in front of you, and savoring the experience as you slowly sip your tea. You can also go the more traditional route and partake in ceremonial tea drinking, which requires getting your head around the protocol. While they also come in porcelain and fine china, pricier cast iron tea sets retain heat longer and more evenly and are sturdier. Tea sets usually come with a teapot, teacups, and a tea filter.
If your space permits, set up a small couch on which to nestle with a book or enjoy your tea or a light snack in your mindfulness haven. It can be as basic as a comfy fold-up futon or maybe something more designy, such as a sherpa faux fur cloud couch or oversized roundabout chair. It would also be a great place to tuck away for a quick nap!
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