by Ray Jolicoeur, Founder at renoo & Certified Meditation Teacher
If you are like me, you probably find that having appropriate activewear, like well-chosen running gear, can inspire you to work out more often. Well, in the same way, having a beautiful and inviting home meditation space can encourage us to practice more consistently - which is so important when it comes to meditation. Whether you devote an entire room to meditation, or just a cozy corner nook, here are tips to turn home into your sanctuary.
- Design your space around a central item
- Keep your color scheme neutral
If we are looking for our meditation to be a calm and peaceful experience, having items around us in a subtle color palette triggers the mind to wind down. While perceptions of color are somewhat subjective, there are some color effects that have universal meaning.
“Colors in the red area of the color spectrum are known as warm colors and include red, orange, and yellow. These warm colors evoke emotions ranging from feelings of warmth and comfort to feelings of anger and hostility. Colors on the blue side of the spectrum are known as cool colors and include blue, purple, and green. These colors are often described as calm, but can also call to mind feelings of sadness or indifference.” (Very Well Mind LINK: https://www.verywellmind.com/color-psychology-2795824)
Color psychology suggests that various shades can have a wide range of effects, from boosting our moods to causing anxiety. Your color preferences when buying items for your space should be dependent on your ultimate goal for the room: mindfulness and meditation.
- Surround Yourself with Tools
Since you already have your cushions in place, it’s time to add some items that are very useful for a fulfilling practice. Bring in some aromatherapy and give your room some clarity with a Bamboo Vetiver Candle, or just breathe with our Fig Tree Candle. After setting the mood with candles, consider your intention for your practice.
If you have an intention going into your session, such as clarity, generosity or loving-kindness, bring in crystals that resonate with that intention and can enhance your experience. You can also invite in relaxing sound by opening and closing your practice with a bell or a singing bowl. The bowl's peaceful tone may resonate throughout your being and bring a little sonic joy to your space.
Remember, this is your personal practice and your room (or cozy corner nook) should inspire you to connect with your true self.
Photo credit: Julie Marchand