Looking to create a zen space in your home? Whether you’re looking to create a zen space, a sacred space, or a meditation corner, these tips will help you get started!
Why do I need a meditation corner/zen space?
Think of this space as the place you go to either reconnect with yourself, be in present moment, or to meditate. When you use this space for only these specific purposes, you’ll be able to get into the state you want for your practice quicker.
This is because your body and mind get used to this area being the location where you go for your meditation or spiritual practice, so it becomes easier for your body to relax, for your mind to quiet, and for you to find that soul connection.
We apply the same concept with other areas of our lives, we create a specific environment to achieve a specific goal or to complete a specific task. Going to the gym is a good example, you could just do a workout at home, but going to the gym and the environment at the gym gives you the energy you need to workout. Another example is your bedroom, how you make your bed cozy and comfy so when you lay in bed you get tired and you’re able to rest and sleep.
Having a meditation corner or zen space is the same type of idea, it’s a nice way to get yourself ready for your practice. It by no means is required to have a dedicated meditation corner, but it can be really helpful. If you want to create this environment in your own home, keep reading for easy tips on how you can do this.
7 Tips to Create a Meditation Corner in Your Home
1. The space can be small
If you’re thinking you don’t have the room in your home to create a meditation corner, don’t worry, the space can be super small. All you really need is a little corner that gives you enough room to sit.
Although an entire room dedicated to your spiritual practice would be lovely, it isn’t necessary. It’s really about connecting with the space for a specific purpose, not about how much room you have.
2. Use the quietest space in your home
Emphasis on “quietest”….the space may not be totally silent and that’s ok, but do try to pick a spot where it tends to be on the quieter side.
For myself, I know my dogs are way more likely to have a barking outburst in my living room which is near the front of my home so for my zen space, I chose a spot near the back of my home. My dogs may still bark, but it’s overall more quiet. Find what space this is for you in your home.
3. Make it cozy
In your dedicated space, you don’t need a lot of props or “things”, but you do want to make it comfortable. You may be sitting in this area for awhile depending on how long you practice, so you want to make sure you are comfy. Think about what you normally need for your practice and set this up in the area.
You could use a meditation cushion or a small carpet, really whatever you need to sit comfortably.
These first 3 tips are really all you need to get started in making your meditation corner. The following tips are some bonus tips for if you want to do a little extra to make it zen.
4. Keep the lighting dim
I don’t know about you but having a bright blaring light doesn’t help me to meditate. Having something that provides dim lighting can be really helpful at setting the right intention for the space.
5. Have some plants
The plants might not be in the exact corner you’ve carved out for your zen space, but having them in the room can help set the mood.
In my home, my meditation corner doesn’t get a lot of sunlight, so I have some plants in another area of the same room. Although they are not specifically in the corner, they still radiate out their energy over to it.
6. Bring spiritual items into your corner when you practice
If you are unable to keep additional items in the area but you like to use things to practice, bring it in! This is really based on your personal preference on what you like to use if anything. Some ideas of spiritual items can be crystals, sound bowls, or a smudging materials.
7. Have all the elements around you
This tip is one of my favorites as I find connecting with the elements to be very helpful in my own practice. Remember, you don’t have to have all the elements directly in your space, you can have them around it or you can bring them in when you practice.
Here are some ideas for each element:
Earth element: You may already feel connected to Earth by sitting on the ground but if you feel like you need something additional, crystals are a great representation the earth element.
Water element: A fountain can help you connect with Water, even if it isn’t in your space directly, hearing the water running can help you connect with this element. Another option is to simply bring in a small bowl of water into your space when you practice.
Fire element: Candles are an easy way to connect with the Fire but remember fire safety! I keep my candles up and on a shelf that is to the side of my meditation corner because if I put them on the floor, my dogs (or me lol) would probably knock them over, so remember to be safe. Battery operated candles are also an option, although there is no actual “fire” they still represent this element and work just as well.
Air element: For this element (like earth) you may not feel like you need any additional items as Air is around you at all times. I often feel connected to Air without anything additional but if you want something extra, some ideas of items you can bring in are a feather to represent this element or you can burn incense.
Connect with your meditation corner and make it your own
Those are the seven tips I have for you but think about what helps you to get into zen mindset and to be in the present moment. This will be a personal, sacred space so make it your own.
It’s also important to remember, if possible, to only go in this space when meditating, doing spiritual work or doing energy work. Your don’t want to sit there for other reasons or sit there scrolling on your phone because then your body/mind will stop associating this space with where you go for your spiritual practice.
Also, remember to give yourself time to attune to the space as it will take time for body and mind to remember that this is the space you come to meditate etc. My suggestion is to take time to just sit and attune with space. Eventually, you will feel the shift in energy that is created here each time you sit in the area.
I hope you enjoy your space and continue to expand your meditation or spiritual practice!
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