Life is busy, and it’s important to find balance. Creating a peaceful, calm area in your home for mindfulness and meditation is a great way to quickly find some zen in your everyday life. This is particularly helpful if you work from home: it’s important to have spaces that don’t remind you of work, allowing you to completely switch off.

You can create a permanent mindfulness space by introducing some key elements like soft furnishings, low lighting, and plants to give you a calm space to breathe, whether you want to unwind after work or want to introduce meditation as part of your morning routine.

You don’t need a lot of space, either; even just a sideboard, a mantlepiece, or a bookcase can become a little calm zone, and you can pull out certain elements (like big cushions) when you’re ready to meditate.

The art of bonsai

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Did you know that caring for a bonsai tree can lower stress levels, maintain humidity in your home, and purify the air? There are many benefits to looking after a bonsai tree, including a general sense of wellbeing.

Caring for a bonsai plant requires some patience. Placement, watering, fertilisation, and pot selection are all very important. There is a thriving bonsai community online, and you can find expert advice for beginners on YouTube.

Having a bonsai tree in your calm space will keep you calm, happy, and give you something to focus on when you meditate. Traditionally, bonsai represents peace, calm, harmony, and luck, which makes it a meaningful symbol to have in your quiet space.

Sand gardens

Another popular hobby is keeping a sand garden. All you need to get started is a wooden tray or box, which you can fill to the top with sand. Add stones and even statues to your garden, and then gently rake the sand to create patterns like waves.

Keeping a sand garden in your calm space will help you to focus. Many people like to use a sand garden to meditate, by using it as a jumping-off point: you can imagine being in the zen garden itself. Slowly developing your sand garden develops patience and allows you to appreciate subtle beauty.

Lighting and scent

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Low lighting can help you to feel calm and relaxed. If you like to meditate before bed, having dim lighting can help your mind and body to transition from a busy day to a calming evening. Investing in some soft lamps and candles is a good idea.

Incense is a popular choice for good reason: lighting incense and watching the smoke is a calming experience and can help you to settle into meditation. Plus, the smell is lovely, and may create an association in your brain of feeling calm and relaxed.

Cushions and soft furnishings

Most of us don’t have an entire room to dedicate for a calm space; for example, my calm space is just a sideboard in my living room. Having somewhere comfortable to sit is vital, whether that’s a comfy chair tucked into a corner, or an oversized cushion you can pull out of a cupboard when it’s time to meditate.

Don’t have space for a big cushion or a cuddle chair? Even a yoga mat tucked into a cupboard can help: just unroll it in front of your calm space, and you’ll be ready to meditate. Plus, you can do a bit of stretching here, which is perfect if you’ve been stuck at a desk all day!

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