Meditation can be done from anywhere. That’s what makes it so great.
However, it can also be effective to have a dedicated space for your practice to help increase habits and rituals.
While the media often shows us over the top, huge, and fancy dedicated space, we know that you don’t need a huge room or fancy space to meditate.
In fact, small spaces in our home often work better than we think because of their natural lack of noise or traffic.
A few things to consider when setting up your meditation space are:
Tips For Small Meditation Spaces
Choosing The Space
If you can, you’ll want to dedicate a specific space to your meditation practice. This will help remove any distractions that you may find from your typical common areas.
But because we’re talking about small apartments here, it’s likely that you are unable to dedicate an entire room. And that’s okay.
Your space does not have to be anything big or fancy. It can be a squared-off corner of your bedroom or living room. If you’d like, you can hang a sheet or tapestry from the ceiling, or get a standing room divider to make it feel more separate.
The important thing is that space, or area, or corner, is somewhere you are comfortable and free of distraction.
Do your best to keep this area de-cluttered and as minimalistic as possible. You don’t need anything specific. Less is more.
Finding a space with a beautiful view or something in nature for you to look at is a great way to enhance your meditation practice.
This is a great tip for people who may not have a separate space to use as well. A cluttered room can be instantly transformed into a meditative space by simply shifting yourself and facing out a window.
If you don’t have any windows, you can also hang up a beautiful painting of a landscape that will serve as your meditative view.
It doesn’t necessarily matter what your view is, all that matters is that you are not staring into the stress of your own home.
As you may already know, light has a huge effect on mood. This is why we often feel ourselves becoming less and less motivated in the winter, and always having a bit more pep in our step in the summer.
Well meditating in the dark is common as well, natural lighting has a powerful way of making meditators feel safer.
Meditating with the right lighting will likely make you feel more comfortable losing focus.
But we can’t all have a room with perfect lighting. Luckily, there are a lot of lighting options for those of us who don’t have a big, booming beam of lighting coming through our windows.
If the lightbulbs in your current space are bright or harsh, try switching them with something softer.
Blue lighting, for example, has the ability to accelerates the relaxation process after stress in comparison with conventional white lighting, according to a study in NCBI. The relaxation time decreased by approximately three-fold (1.1 vs. 3.5 minutes)
Satisfying Your Senses
Satisfying the senses; more specifically sound and smell, will not only deepen your meditation but will further remove your focus from the space you are in at all.
Aromatherapy is a great way to add relaxing scents like lavender into your meditation. This can be done with an oil diffuser, a candle, or by burning an incense stick.
Relaxing sounds or white noise is a great way to be done in silence, with a guide, or with simple background noise to help you increase your focus.
You may want to try playing a relaxing track of birds sounds or soft wind; really whatever makes you feel the most at ease.
For a more specific sound, there are styles of meditation like Primordial Sound Meditation that you may want to try. Rooted in the Vedic tradition of India, PSM relies on tones, or mantras, to attune your individual vibration to the unified field of energy that permeates all of existence.
Personalize Your Space
One of the best ways to create a powerful meditation space is by personalizing it. Keep something that is sacred to you in your space like a book or crystal.
You may also choose to paint the space your favorite soft color or keep a poster of your favorite mindful quote nearby.
It doesn’t necessarily matter how you decided to personalize your space, as long as you keep it as neutral and subtle as possible.
Plants are always a great way to bring life into your space as well.
While it may feel difficult sometimes to focus in our small or cluttered space, it is fortunately possible.
Notice the way that none of these tips require increased space or effort.
Of course, adding a few pieces of ourselves is great.
The real work, however, will be done in your mind, thus, these tips are mainly about minimalizing, and working with what we have.