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When I hit rock bottom, i.e. my divorce, and got laid off from my corporate career, I decided that I wanted to create a more peaceful life. I wanted to learn how to feel satisfied with my life every day. I had already started learning about meditation and enjoyed how it made me feel. I started joining meditation groups and going to a meditation circle sponsored by a local Buddhist temple.
On my journey, I learned that you can meditate no matter what your religious or spiritual beliefs are and that meditation is really about centering the mind and body. The more I started to meditate, the more I realized how much I had to be thankful for which resulted in me feeling more joyful.
The feeling of joy that I got from meditation led me to create a space in my home. I call it my meditation space, but I also consider it my sacred space- my wellbeing space. It is the space where I journal, reflect on my day, pray, and give gratitude for my life.
Many of us live in a fast-paced environment where technology and electronics are constantly around us. We need to be intentional about having a place where we can be vulnerable and give ourselves a break from the world.
Having a sacred space in your home for meditation helps to relieve anxiety and stress. The more you meditate in that space, the more your brain will associate that area with calm and relaxation. This is important when you have had a long and busy day and just need to settle your mind and body.
Plus, the physical task of decorating and putting the space together is a fun, stress-relieving project and should be considered an act of self-care.
You can also use this space to journal, reflect, say affirmations, create a gratitude list, pray, use a singing bowl, chant mantras, do yoga, or stretch. What’s even better is that you can cry in this space, as it can be used as a place to release your emotions and let go.
Creating a meditation space does not have to be complicated. The entire point is to have what I call a “sacred space” where you can feel a sense of peace and calm.
Here are a few tips that can get you started:
Find a space in your home to create your meditation space. It can be a small corner of your bedroom or living room or a closet. It doesn’t need to take up a lot of space but if you want you can decorate an entire room for meditation. Make sure it’s an area that is quiet enough and comfortable for you.
Next find a small table, platform, board, or a section of your floor where you can add items for your meditation space. I took an old wooden record player that looks like a small wooden table and put a white fleece blanket on top of it. It is the perfect size for my meditation altar, and what’s even better, is it belonged to my grandfather that I loved dearly. You don’t have to have a large platform, but the idea is to have something that can hold items for your meditation space.
Decorate your space with items that make you feel calm and at peace. Perhaps that is a favorite blanket or pillow, or it’s a picture of the beach or a statue. You can slowly add items as you go, or you can add items all at once- it is completely up to you.
Here are some items that can make your space beautiful:
Scented candles can really make the area smell good while you relax.
Non-scented candles are also great, as candles give an intimate feel to the space.
You can roll each meditation bead through your fingers as you recite your mantra or chant while meditating.
Zen wall art can come in different prints and sizes and give the space a calm feeling.
Statues can have a calming effect and can help put you in a state of peace.
Every day you can take a small sheet of paper and write down what you are thankful for. Then, you can put it in the Count Your Blessings jar. You can then read everything you wrote at the end of the month or year depending on how long you have been adding notes to the jar.
A singing bowl can be used to calm the mind. It is said that the vibration and sound of the bowl has an effect on brain wave activity to promote relaxation.
A meditation pillow is soft and makes sitting on the floor while you meditate a more comfortable experience.
After (or before) your meditation, you can use the 5-minute journal to reflect on your day and write out your thoughts.
A tabletop water fountain can be used on your altar while you meditate. The sound of running water has been known to relax the body and create a feeling of calm.
Affirmation cards were created by a therapist to promote mindfulness, positivity, stress relief, and mental health. Every card you pull has a message for you to affirm your confidence, self-esteem, and goals.
Chakra stones have been said to promote healing and positive energy.
Burning incense can help to clear your space and promote healing.
Creating a meditation is about allowing yourself the time you need to relax and destress in your physical environment. It can help relieve anxiety, worry, and give you a sense of peace. It can also be used for other relaxation techniques that give you a sense of calm.
Creating this space will not only make you feel good but will also remind you of how important it is to spend time nurturing yourself so that you can keep moving forward when you face life’s challenges.
Tiffiny has a B.A. in Psychology, and master’s degree in Public Health Education. She worked in consulting for over 16 years, as well as previously owning a fitness and health business. In her personal life, she used personal development, mindset and health strategies to go from being overworked in a demanding corporate career, emotionally drained in a toxic marriage, physically unhealthy, and depressed to becoming an award-winning figure level bodybuilding athlete and entrepreneur. As a women’s empowerment coach, she works to help women get clear on their goals, build confidence, increase self-esteem, take action on their deep desires and create a life they love