If you’re dreaming of having a meditation room but money is tight don’t fret, there are many ways to bring Zen to your home without adding stress to your bank account. The spirit of Zen is humble, direct and peaceful. Uncomplicated decor, simple lines, empty space and natural materials belong in a mediation room. Lots of decorative touches, loud colors, and an excess of consumer goods are the antitheses of a meditation room. Find space to breathe and to meditate, using mostly what you already have.
The cheapest thing you can do to create a a zen meditation room that costs nothing is clean. There is nothing more distracting than a messy, especially when you are trying to have a clear mind. You want to make sure the room is bare, calm, uncluttered and clean. Consider emptying out the room to contain only a few elements. A few basic recommendations include a small table, a yoga mat, a throw rug, and a pillow for meditation.
Remove Bold Bright Colors
Neutral is Zen so make sure your meditation room is too. White, gray, beige, blush, pale straw, whitened jade, a mere hint of sky-blue, the most subtle hues are soothing, not distracting, and change with the shifting light in the room.
Bring the Outdoors In
Nature is organically relaxing and healing, so it only makes sense that you bring some natural elements into the room where you want to relax and meditate. Bring some nature into your meditation room with a healthy green plant or a decorated collection of objects (rocks, branches, gems) found on contemplative walks — cost: minimal to none. A single flower in a clear glass flute vase invites meditation. A small basket of woven grasses holding a few polished beach or river rocks merges found and handmade art.
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Chairs can create a sense of rigid structure and stiffness. Removing all chairs and replacing them with pillows and blankets immediately makes a room feel like a space for relaxation. To keep you comfortable while you master meditation, store a couple of throw pillows and blankets in your space. Pillows can be used as an extra cushion when working on your posture, or to keep comfy while reading or drinking tea.
Play Meditative Music
Music can be very relaxing for many individuals. This is particularly beneficial for those who live in a busy city area, where the sounds of traffic, trains, and sirens are constantly coming through the walls. You can use a streaming service, or choose CDs or other options. You can also use an iPod with a playlist you want to have for your meditation. There are so many good options that you’ll be able to select the one you like best. Overall, the main goal is just to have the music you want, available to you when you want it.
Hide The Wires
We have so many tech accessories that our power outlets often look like a giant mass of snakey wires. Looking at chords and wires can instantly create internal discomfort and cause you to think about your devices. Find ways to conceal them by tucking them behind furniture or consolidating with a power strip. It should be a piece of cake to plug in your phone in your room.
Create The Right Light
Calming and relaxing light is essential for your meditation room. If you have access to natural light, try to make that window the focal point of the room. Make sure that your curtains can be stowed and that you can floor your room with light, easily. If you don’t get much sunlight, find a nice warm lampshade or lightbulb and create some soothing mood lighting to your liking.
Add a Little Aromatherapy
A great, affordable way to help calm yourself and center your mind is with aromatherapy. The use of essential oils from plants, such as lavender, chamomile, and peppermint, can really soothe the soul, the mind, and the body. From burning candles and incense, to heating oils, you can receive the benefits of aromatherapy while meditating.
Add a Personal Touch
When creating your mediation room, you definitely want to include some of your own personal touches. This can be any element, smell, sound, or object that particularly soothes your body and relaxes your mind. Small personal objects that make you feel warm, peaceful, and at ease are always pleasant to have around you during meditation. Bells, chimes, crystals, a statue of Buddha, affirmation stones, beads, any of these are great elements for creating a serene and peaceful environment for you to focus solely on meditating.
It’s not necessary to break the bank to get a good space for meditating. All it takes is a little bit of creativity and a modest budget, and you can have a great space that’s peaceful and calm. Then you can really enjoy it and appreciate what it offers, without being concerned about the money that was spent to make it into a reality. If you want to go for a particular theme in your meditation room you can always check out these tips to make your room feel like a Zen monastery.