Holding space for yourself Our homes are a world where we can be “alone” and whose borders we draw. And a meditation is a tool to get to know ourselves. In this phase where you calm down and are loaded with positive energy, the important thing is to find an environment that makes you happy, encourages or gives you peace. Imagine there is a room in your home that heals your mind, body and soul. Wouldn’t it be surprising to have a personal space for your sereness, tranquility and emotional wellbeing in (or outside of) your home? A space that allows you to run away from the daily life stress and connect with a higher power… We suggest everyone to create a space for daily meditation in their homes. A space that gives you the opportunity to recharge and balance your body both mentally and physically. Meditation practice included in the daily routine has a rich healing and transforming power. Some studies have shown that meditation actually has the power to change the way our brain works. Even though there are no certain sets of rules while designing a space for you to meditate, there are some arrangements to be considered. You can be inspired to create your own meditation space by ten bullet points listed below. However, the most important thing is to follow your mind and heart by simply applying the items you love that create a personal zen feeling. 1) Choose a Space That Makes You Feel Good It would be good for you to choose a space in your home that will make you feel good and make you smile as soon as you enter in. Also, a quiet area with little to no traffic hum may be more appropriate. While choosing your space, be careful with lightning. For instance, a room with good natural light will immediately boost your mood. Therefore, you may want to choose a space that gets sun light. On the other hand, a space with a sunset view provides even greater setting for meditation. If you cannot find a such space, you may consider outdoor space, which may be your patio, balcony, or the area with your plants. An area that allows you to relax your mind and body without being distracted… 2) Keep it clean and tidy There is nothing more distracting than a messy space, especially when trying to relax. It is a great idea to minimize the number of items in the room. Thus, you may not want to turn a crowded workspace into a meditation room. The desk or the room full of notebooks and files is not plain/simple enough for meditation. Also, not to mention stressful thoughts like work and bills that come with the office works. Try to keep the room as simple as possible with few items. A small table, a yoga matt, a tiny rough and meditation cushion are all you need. 3) Bring nature into your meditation room The nature itself is relaxing and healing, therefore, putting some natural elements in the room you want to meditate is logical. Many people believe that meditation is connecting with nature and environment based on mind and body. Even though it is ideal to meditate in relaxing open spaces, it is not always possible to do so in urban life. You may consider adding natural elements yo your meditation space. Your room will be instantly infused with harmony and balance. You can choose any natural elements you wish. It could be a plant, a vase of flowers, jars of sand and shells, or even a mini water fountain. 4) Listen to calming music Music may be calming for many people, especially for those who live in urban areas with tons of traffic, and siren sounds. Even though played in low volume, it puts you in a calm and peaceful mood while meditating and helps you to ignore distracting things. When it comes to select a song, we suggest you choose one with no lyrics. It does not have to be classical music but calming ones such as ocean sounds, bird calls or wind sounds. Just be sure that the songs you choose is long enough to play during your whole meditation session. You can also loop it to prevent the track from ending and stopping. For the music list, you can look at the Spotify list we created. https://open.spotify.com/playlist/0FCtYzEpAeimKZPvA5aMlW?si=Dz7QcBEeQE6teNE8LCG-Pg 5) Aromatherapy Another element that you should pay attention to in your meditation room is aromatherapy. Fragrances like lavender, sage, and palo santo can truly relax the soul, mind, and body. Aromatherapy not only helps you relax, but also has other benefits. This accelerated form of therapy is believed to stimulate brain function and is on track to become a mainstream healing aid. There is also evidence that it boosts the immune system, relieves muscle pain, and reduces or eliminates stress. These are all great reasons to add aromatherapy to your meditation room. 6) Put your own signature When creating your meditation space, add personal touches. This can be any element, scent, sound, or object that specifically relaxes your body and mind. Consider items such as bells, crystals, Buddha statues, affirmation stones, beads, and works of art. Even just one of these can be enough to create a calm and peaceful environment for you to focus on meditation. However, keep in mind that you don’t want to crowd the space. It is important that a clean and open environment keeps your mind clear. Just pick a few pieces at a time and if you can’t decide, try using them alternately at different times. 7) Fresh air matters Along with the aromatherapy scents you have in your space, you should make sure that the room is full of fresh air. Fresh air has many benefits, including boosting brain power, improving overall health, and helping you feel refreshed. If your space is outdoors, this will not be difficult to achieve. But if you are indoors, make sure the room is well ventilated. It might be good to have a cool breeze blowing occasionally 8) Light colors Along with the physical elements and emotional objects, the color of the room is another factor to be considered. You can decorate your room in line with the mood you want to be in your space. It can be said that pastel colors are better options compared to bright and dark colors. Pastel colors are considered as more relaxing and calming. But of course, there will be those who find peace in darker colors. For some, dark colors make the room feel like a womb and allow them to relax. Whatever color you pick, it is evident that it will have an impact on your mood, so decide on a color that responds to your meditative needs and makes you feel calm. 9) Lightning matters As we mentioned earlier, the best room is the one filled with natural light. Of course, in a room with large windows getting lots of light, you may want to draw the curtains to feel comfortable. It is recommended to choose a light tone transparent fabric that will reflect the light by scattering it. If there is no natural light in the room you choose, you should prefer good artificial lighting. Depending on personal preference, you may want dim or bright lights. Make sure you have both options because your mood can change from day to day. If you choose outdoor to meditate, make sure that the space you pick is not overly glowing with sunlight during the time you want to meditate. If possible, try to create a shade that allows you to hang semi-transparent curtains. This way you prevent the sun from irritating your eyes and keeping your mind very alert. 10) Comfortable Sitting Space When you first hear about the meditation cushion, the first thing that comes to mind is probably aesthetics. No doubt, they are decorative elements that can tie everything together and add fine accents to the space where you practice your meditation, but your choice of cushions is important for much more than just aesthetics. Your cushion should be firm enough to provide support during your meditation routine, but soft enough not to cause discomfort. A comfortable sitting position helps to meditate and relax. “Sjórinn Istanbul Meditation Cushion Set” is in perfect harmony with body shape and posture. The light, airy comfort of the upper support cushion responds to your shape. It gives both strength and softness to your spine and seat. The supportive underfloor cushion, on the other hand, provides leg and knee integrity, providing comfortable comfort for meditating, sitting or resting. Made of organic, plant-based and sustainable recycling materials, combined with organic linen, cotton and lavender-flavored interior material. This emerging contemporary cushion design offers comfortable seating for a peaceful break.