So from earlier this year I have been attending weekly meditation classes hosted at a Buddhist centre close to my house. I enjoyed the teachings and the practice of meditation that I undertook to have a meditation session every day. I have been doing these meditations in various areas of my house: on the bed, couch etc. Eventually, I figured that this is not working out for me and I needed to make myself a dedicated meditation/quiet corner where I can do my readings, meditations and have some away time.
I have a small room in my flat which I hadn’t been using constructively, it was mostly for laundry and other bits and ends. So I sectioned off a portion of that room for my meditation corner. It took me a weekend to buy everything that I required for my room – the conceptualisation of the set up took me a few days. I did a lot of research on the internet and I also thought about the items that I love and that help me relax.
So here is the final product:
So this is a bird’s eye view of my little corner – you can’t see it here but there are 2 windows on either wall so I have plenty of light and I can see the trees, sky and sun. On the floor is a throw that I already had – I was planning on buying a new rug, but I discovered the throw in the depths of my closet and decided to use that instead. On the left I have 2 grey seat cushions from Mr Price Home and over sized cushions from Sheet Street.
On the right is where I keep all my ‘things’, firstly the 2 cushions; one says: a dream is where it all begins, the second one simply says: follow your heart. I bought a wooden storage crate from Mr Price Home which I turned on its side and converted it into a shelf for more visible storage. I store my books, incense, essential oils and my journals. The current inspirational books in my arsenal are:
- The little book of mindfulness – Tiddy Rowan
- How to solve our human problems – Geshe Kelsang Gyatso
- The Magic – Rhonda Byrne
- The Goddess Bootcamp – Kagiso Msimango
On the top of the crate, I have photo frames with some of my favourite inspirational quotes, a cute vase for flowers, an 15 minute hour glass, incense holder and my oil burner. Depending on my mood I either light some incense or my oil burner. The incense I bought at Mangwanani Spa and I also have some that I bought in India. In my oil burner, I burn geranium or lavender oil.
I spend some time in the morning in my sanctuary to prepare myself for the day and get my mind right. In the evening after work, I spend some time coming out of my ‘work mode’ and getting into home mode. I also take the most delicious Sunday naps when I have a bit of spare time. I have made the time I spend in there a zero technology time, so I switch off my phone and any other form of communication – it feels so good to be away from everything, even if it’s just for 45 minutes per day.
Some of my tips to creating a space for yourself
- Cushions are your best friend
- Make the space yours
- Choose items that make you happy
- Section the space off from the rest of the room – it doesn’t have to be fancy, I used a deck chair
- Comfort is key
- Choose a space with lots of light
- There are no rules :p