Since I started meditating about a year ago, I’ve found that having a small area in my home or bedroom dedicated to my meditation practice really helps me to get into a zen groove and stay committed to sitting in meditation day after day.
For me, meditation can be like exercising in that sometimes it’s hard to bring myself to do it, but when I finally do I never regret it. Below are a couple of the tools I use to enhance my experience and motivate myself:
1. A Great Spot
When you’re choosing a spot in your home to transform into a zen corner, it’s important to pick a place where you’re able to completely relax and be uninterrupted by roommates or family – I suggest picking a low-traffic room rather than common areas like living and dining rooms.
Another thing to look for is natural lighting. I have found that natural light is the best form of lighting for meditating because it is calm and peaceful in comparison to harsh overhead lights.
Don’t be discouraged if you live in small quarters or have roommates, my meditation corner is simply a corner in my bedroom! The most important thing is to find a spot where you’re able to relax and be uninterrupted for the duration of your meditation – all the rest is just bonus!
One of the ways I set the scene for myself before meditation is by lighting a candle and turning on my essential oil diffuser.
I encourage you to shop around and find the scent that makes you feel most at peace and cleansed, however some of the most popular essential oils for meditation include sandalwood, lavender, eucalyptus, frankincense, ylang-ylang, and clary.
My favorite place to purchase these are Marshall’s, TJ Maxx, and Amazon.com because they have fun varieties and oil blend bundles for lower prices!
3. A Comfortable Seat
The number one thing on my wish list right now is one of those meditation pillows… but for now I just sit on a yoga block.
Some people prefer sitting on the ground, however I find that sitting on the edge of a folded yoga mat or a block helps me sit up straighter!
4. Relaxing Music
During my meditations I like to have some background music to help me stay in the moment. Since I’m so easily distracted, it’s extremely important that the music has no vocals.
I find my meditation music by simply searching “meditation music” or “sound healing” in Spotify and then listening to the most popular playlists (Kim Kardashian actually has a pretty good one)! You could also search for meditation music in YouTube, Pandora, or whatever music platform you prefer.
Another option if you’re just beginning to find your meditation groove is guided meditations. I enjoy guided meditations when I am struggling with or working through something, and even when I am just feeling foggy or unable to focus.
Some of my favorite resources for guided meditation include YouTube, YogaGlo, Yoga Journal, and the apps Calm, and HeadSpace.
There are many different things that can help you to connect, ground, or manifest when you’re meditating. Some of my favorite include holding a charged and programmed crystal in the palm of my hand, cleansing my and my home’s energy using a sage smudge stick, rubbing an essential oil between the palms of my hand, utilizing mudras (sort of like yoga poses with your hands!), being near a couple plants, and a few others!
Adding in extras like these to your meditation practice can help you find a deeper connection when you feel like you need a little something extra. I will definitely write a post about my favorite ways to enhance my meditation practice in the near future!
There are a million other ways to create a blissed out meditation space for yourself, these are simply my favorites! I encourage you to branch out, research, and find the things that make your meditation-station irresistible to you.
Hopefully I’ve provided you with some helpful and practical tips for getting into meditating, stay tuned for my guides to my favorite extras!