Mindfulness meditation has been shown to reduce your stress levels and improve your ability to focus. Creating a space dedicated to meditation and relaxation in your home or office helps to incorporate this brain healthy routine into your daily life.
Here are a few reasons that creating a meditation space supports your brain health:
- Having a meditation space is a visual reminder of your practice and acts as a trigger for the healthy habit of meditation.
- Practicing mindfulness in the same meditation spot primes your mind for stillness when you sit or lie down in this chosen physical location.
- Decorating a meditation space with meaningful items makes the habit of meditation feel more special and enjoyable.
Are you convinced that you need a dedicated space for relaxation? Let’s talk about how to set up a personal meditation space in your home or office!
- Choose a room or space that makes you feel good. When you’re choosing the spot, it’s important to consider the location’s quietness, light level, and privacy. You can always use a bamboo screen to section off a certain part of your room or office. If you sleep or live with other people, take that into account when you choose the location of your space. (E.g., if you want to meditate first thing in the morning but your partner sleeps later than you, set up a spot that is outside of the bedroom.)
- Set up a comfy meditation seat. You might consider a round zafu cushion, an L-back seat, a regular chair, or even an unrolled yoga mat for reclined practice.
- Add supportive props like pillows and blankets. Especially when beginning a meditation practice, it’s important to be as comfortable as possible. Soft blankets and/or pillows to support your back or your knees can help you settle in and practice for longer.
- Decorate your space with meaningful items that support your practice. Common elements include greenery, candles, rocks or crystals, photos of loved ones, notes or poems, and other souvenirs. Each person’s meditation space will have different objects – the most important thing is to choose items that make you feel happy, supported, and calm.
- Consider aromatic elements. Our sense of smell is the only sense that goes directly to the amygdala, a part of the brain associated with emotions and fight or flight activation. We can use a scent in conjunction with meditation practice to help calm the body and mind and prime the mind for stillness. Lavender spray or a citrus candle are two examples of uplifting and calming scented accessories.
Do you have a relaxation space already? Are you going to create one in your home or office?
As Chief Mindfulness Officer of Mastermind Meditation, Dorsey Standish brings research-backed mindfulness and mindful movement to clients throughout the state of Texas. A lifelong learner and scientist, Dorsey has a B.S. in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Pennsylvania and is enrolled in the UT Dallas Applied Cognition and Neuroscience Master’s Program. After mindfulness transformed her own work, health and relationships, Dorsey left her corporate role at Texas Instruments to share the power of mindfulness with others full-time. Dorsey’s teachings combine neuroscience research with her experiences in Jon Kabat-Zinn’s Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction Program and multiple weekend and 10-day silent meditation retreats. Join Dorsey for one of Mastermind’s upcoming applied mindfulness programs at mastermindmeditate.com/programs.