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6 key tips for creating a meditation space

Hello and welcome. In this post, we are talking about how to prepare a meditation area, environment, or space. This applies to both if you are going to lead a guided meditation session, as well as for your personal meditation practice.


Mindset!

Firstly, when setting up your meditation location, you want to make sure you are in the correct frame of mind. Do not rush this process, your thinking, feeling, and actions will have subtle impacts on the environment as you set up the space that can then affect the mindsets of your meditators, and yourself.


So before you take any action in your meditation space, the first thing you should do is close your eyes, even just for a moment, to ground yourself in the space and get into a calm, compassionate and peaceful state of mind.


Once you feel you are present in the space you wish to meditate in, there are several things you can do to help enhance the space.



Surrounding Environment

When considering where to set up your meditation area, if you have the freedom of choice, you should consider how quiet the space is. Ideally, you want to find a quiet and peaceful place, a room at the far end of your house, for example.


For some, you may not have this luxury, perhaps always being surrounded by noise. This does not mean you can't meditate however! Depending on the type of meditation, we can use these external distractions as tools to help further our meditation. Understanding their nature as impermanent, not becoming attached to them, and focusing your attention on the meditation task at hand.


Aroma - Incense and Essential Oils

Aroma is a very powerful aid in a meditation setting. As with any of these tips, you want to consider the type of meditation you are doing. For example, some meditations require high levels of focus and concentration. In this case, you may want to consider that strong or overpowering smells may distract meditators, especially beginners. But in general, a grounding earthy smell, such as sandalwood, is a great choice.

Another thing to consider with Aroma is how the smell might relate to different chakras. For instance, the sandalwood example given before is often associated with the first 2 chakras, the Mulhudara(root) and Svadhistana(sacral). If you want to energise or work with higher chakras you might consider an alternative aroma in this case.


Decoration (throws, paintings, statues)

How a room is decorated will have an impact on the meditation experience. If you have ever been to a group yoga or meditation session, you will know how the space looks can really change how you feel about the space, and so affect your meditation experience. Although once entering into a deep state of meditation, one may forget about their surroundings, it will still set the initial tone. Certain decorations, such as small shrines or statues, could also affect the meditation by also setting the initial tone of the session, but also because of the subtle energies that they carry.

In terms of how to make the space look nice, well I'm no interior designer! But we can all trust our feelings and work with whatever vibration we want to create, trust ourselves and do what feels right. Use big fabrics, with calming imagery and patterns, such as mandala wall hangings and tapestries. You can hang paintings


Music/Sound

Depending on the type of meditation, you may want some music. For example something quiet and calming. This might just be at the start while people are entering the room or it may be for the whole session. For a solo meditation session, you might want to play some relaxing music as you set up your space just to help calm the mind and get you into a peaceful state of mind.


There are even certain types of meditation where your attention may be focused on sound, or passively listening to it. So in these cases make sure you have the audio ready!



Cushions/Mats/Layout

The placement of your meditation cushion or chair (whatever you are using), is quite important. The direction can also play a factor, it is commonly suggested that one should face east or northeast. There are various theories for this, but the general idea is to align our personal magnetic field with the earth's.

For a home meditation, if you can, you want this to remain in one place. Some believe, that over time as you meditate you will begin to create strong positive vibrations in this area which will help you with your practice. Even if this is not aligned with your beliefs, it is still a good idea to build this habit of meditating in the same place. Your mind and body will become familiar with the space and you will settle into the meditation with more ease.


For group sessions, you want to consider how the cushions are arranged. You most likely want to position your mat/cushion at the front of the class, so that you can be seen and heard easily when giving instructions.



Overall vibe!

Once everything is ready, try leaving the room, and coming back in. Try to imagine you are walking into the room for the first time. How does it make you feel? Does anything seem out of place? Then take a moment to be calm and present, really ground yourself in the space right now. Take in the energy and general feel of the space. Trust yourself here, maybe you need to make a few final touches or maybe it is perfect! Everything contributes, but the layout of decorations, the balance of colours, the aroma, and all the things mentioned here all play a role. The main thing we want to do here is to create a tangible energy in the room, so that when someone walks in they instantly feel calmer and notice a shift in the environment.


Finally, don't be afraid to make changes over time. This can be true for your home meditation, sometimes things just need a change. But also if you are hosting a regular meditation or yoga class. Small, subtle changes to the environment can be a nice pleasant surprise for your regulars.


Overall, just remember to trust yourself and you can't go wrong!


Thanks for reading and be happy!


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