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As people look for calm and meaning in their lives, meditation has become more popular. Many people want to reap the benefits of meditation from the comfort of their own home. Fortunately, it’s easier to create a meditative space than you might think.

Identify and Create Your Space

First, find that space. You don’t need to dedicate an entire room for meditation; although you can if you want. A corner or spacious closet may work just fine for you; any space that is underutilized works well for meditation. If your indoors are too cramped, look outside. Does your patio or yard have room for a bit of tranquility?

Decorate your space in a way that will create the environment you want. Pillows and blankets lend a feeling of softness. Or you can light it up with string lights and candles. The color palette will also impact the ambiance of the space.

Flowers, scented oils, and incense delight your sense of smell, while live plants allow you to commune with nature while meditating. Utilize art to add style or something to focus on. Add statues or other accessories, too. Stick to a few essential pieces to prevent the space from becoming too cluttered.

Furnish the Space

Add supplies. You might like to keep things simple and sit on a cushion, but some people incorporate singing bowls, prayer beads, and other items into their meditation spaces, depending on their style of meditation. Your space can function similar to an altar if you wish.

Finally, add the element of sound. Calming music may be cliche, but it helps to clear your mind. White noise machines or apps are other options. You might even enjoy the sound of a water fountain in the background. The ability to open a window to hear the sounds of nature is a boon to meditation, but traffic and noisy neighbors are not. If possible, choose a room away from the hustle and bustle of the rest of the household. Curtains or tapestries may help muffle noise and define your space.

Of course, space is at a premium in many homes, especially if you live with roommates or family. Sometimes the best you can do is light a candle, pop in your earphones, and focus on meditation regardless of what’s happening around you.

John Kaweske of Colorado Springs is a biodiesel fuel and technology expert. As President of Bio Clean Energy, S.A., he draws from 20 years of professional experience to offer valuable insight into the industry. When he isn’t working on clean energy efforts, he’s spending time with his family and practicing daily meditation