Recently, I ran across a Pinterest pin with a a checklist for creating your meditation space. The pin listed items divided up by the senses plus some extras, like these:
- Calming pictures
- Meditation Mp3
- Relaxing playlist
- Oil diffuser
- Oil burner
- Herbal tea
- Fresh flowers
- Meditation cushion
Those items might be nice if you want to create a cozy space for self-discovery, personal reflection, or listening to the whispers of your heart. But, believe me, not a single one of these items is necessary for mindfulness meditation. You don’t even need a room.
To be clear, I’m speaking about the practice of mindfulness meditation, not meditations or guided visualizations meant to help you relax, increase your self esteem, or improve your body image. Those can be helpful, but they’re completely different from mindfulness meditation.
The only thing you truly need to meditate is your mind. Meditation is about working with your mind, whatever the environment. However, in the beginning it’s helpful to have a relatively quiet and supportive ambiance in order to establish and stabilize your practice.