What do you have in common with Josh Homme, the frontman for Queens of the Stone Age? More than you might think. This rock star meditates regularly and credits the practice with changing his life. Countless other celebrities—from Oprah Winfrey to Amy Schumer —also carve out time in their day to meditate. Will and Jada Smith even have an entire meditation room in their Malibu home. Whether you have a spare room or just a small corner in your apartment, you too can create your own meditation space in just a few simple steps.
Choose a serene location.
The best places for reflection are calm and quiet. If your kitchen is always abuzz, you probably shouldn’t create a meditation area nearby. Similarly, you don’t want a lot of electronics around to distract your practice. Walk around your home and choose an area where you can easily achieve peace.
Bring the outdoors in.
Few things are more relaxing and inspirational than nature. For this reason, most people prefer to meditate in front of a window overlooking a garden or on a balcony that boasts a view of the sunrise or sunset. Don’t despair if you don’t have such a view. You can still incorporate nature into your interior decorating by hanging a scenic painting on the wall and/or strategically placing a few plants to create the desired effect.
To complete the serene appearance of your space, paint the walls a muted earth tone like Seafoam Green or Honeysuckle Beige. This makes the space more soothing, and also incorporates another element of nature. If you practice during the day, hang sheer curtains that allow some sunlight to filter into the room. Or if you meditate in the evening, try placing a dimmable lamp nearby.
You’ll want to some candles on a small table in your new meditation area, and of course include a few throw pillows for comfort. But overall, the space should be clean and uncluttered.