Finding a spaceErin chose an alcove originally designed for a media console and currently occupied by an unwatched TV and dresser.
Adding seatingAfter taking out the dresser and TV, Erin added two Back Jack seats. “I discovered these at Perfect Health and found them so comfortable that I didn’t want to leave the floor,” she said. She also added a statue to center the space.
Making it comfortableErin brought in two comfy throw blankets and pillows that were sitting unused in the linen closet, draping one over each chair. She also added a framed picture of a mandala – a beautiful geometric pattern that represents the cosmos. In many Eastern wisdom traditions, mandalas are used in visual meditations to center and calm the mind.
RepurposingAfter rummaging through her garage, Erin found an old counter stool her family was no longer using and used it to elevate the statue. A few Euro-sized pillows and shams behind the Back Jacks make the small space feel cozier.
Fine tuningErin switched out the white throw with an inviting quilt and brought in fresh flowers and a calming candle.
Transform a Small Corner of Your Home into a Peaceful Retreat
As we teach participants in the 21-Day Meditation Challenge, creating a daily meditation practice that allows you to spend time each day in peace, silence and restful alertness will give you the greatest benefits. To make meditation part of your daily routine, it helps to create a special space that you look forward to retreating to at the beginning and end of your day – or whatever time you designate for your meditation practice.
Although some people like to dedicate an entire room for meditation, if you live in a small studio or don’t have much space, you can still create a beautiful area for meditation in a nook or corner of your home. Erin Carenzo, a recent guest at the Chopra Center, returned home feeling inspired to continue the twice-daily Primordial Sound Meditation practice she learned at the Perfect Healthprogram. Even though her home and life are full with the activities of three sons under the age of eight, she found a creative way to transform a little-used corner of a bedroom into a serene meditation space. See the transformation unfold here:
Erin Carenzo is a full-time mom, business owner, and writer, trying to find a sense of calm in a house full of boys. You can learn more about her work at Grapevine Productions.