Creating a Meditative Space, Even When You Have No Space to Spare


Picture this: A beautiful, serene meditation room that's outfitted with flickering candles and fragrant flowers and soft pillows. A place where you're instantly calmed and ready to just breathe and relax. Sound lovely but not, well, realistic? You might be surprised to learn that you don't actually need more space to create an area dedicated to meditation — you just need intention and a little creativity.

First up, find a solitary spot

Figure out a spot in your home or yard where you can be alone (even if you can only sneak in 10 minutes of me time). It doesn't have to be an entire room you have to yourself, just someplace comfortable where you won't be distracted. Maybe it’s your desk, an overstuffed couch in the living room, a spot by a window, or a bench on your patio. It’s nice to have a comfy seat, but it doesn’t need to be a chair — how about the bathtub or your yoga mat?

Next, set the mood

A few thoughtful additions can transform an everyday area into a special space. Lighting, scents and sounds (think: twinkling string lights, burning incense or turning on some white noise) can all be a big part of setting the desired mood and won’t take up much room. You can also use your phone for guided imagery sessions or a playlist created just for meditation. If you go the bathtub route (highly recommended) scented salts or bubbles can make it more calming.

Finally, make it yours

You can add meaningful items (like candles or artwork) but if you don't have much room, be intentional about what to include. Before adding anything to your space, always ask yourself: “How does this make me feel?” The goal is to create a space that feels safe and relaxing enough to help quiet your mind and calm your nerves, so only add elements that accomplish that. Displaying a family photo, a picture your child drew, or an encouraging card from a friend may help you feel loved and supported. Or, consider something that never fails to make you happy — maybe it's a bouquet of your favorite flowers, your go-to coffee mug or a journal or sketchbook. (If you can't leave everything out permanently, just stash your gear in a basket and set up before your sesh.)

In theory, meditation sounds magical: All you have to do is sit still for few minutes and boom — you'll gain inner peace and nail that zen glow. Yeah, not so fast. It actually takes a fair amount of practice, especially if you're not-so-patient by nature. After all, sitting still is tough when you’ve got a million things racing through your mind or a ten-mile-long to-do list on your phone.
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Creating a Meditative Space, Even When You Have No Space to Spare