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Home Upgrade: Adding a Meditation Room

What’s the greatest thing about adding a meditation room to your home … besides all the extra meditating you’ll be doing? It’s cheap. And, it’s also fashionable, according to some interior designers on the bleeding edge of renovation news and trends. Meditation rooms are popping up in more and more homes as the benefits of things like yoga and, you know – <em>quiet time</em> – grow in popularity. But, what do you need to set up your own meditation room? <strong>1. Uncluttered Space</strong> The one thing that may stress you out the most (and thereby further justifying your meditation needs) is trying to find a free room for it. Unlike other home upgrades that require adding something, meditation rooms are an exercise in getting rid of stuff. In a way, cleaning out a room to use may end being a form of meditation in itself. <strong>2. Comfortable Padding / Flooring</strong> You don’t need a wall-to-wall yoga mat – and you technically don’t even need to do your meditating on the floor – but the room should feel comfortable. Take concrete, for example; the general consensus is that it doesn’t give off a cozy vibe. The question here, though, is one of permanence and cost, and whether your meditation room will be something temporary or a fixture of the home. After all, a true <em>yogi</em> will tell you that you can meditate anywhere if you put your mind to it … but warm, natural-wood flooring can be nice, too … <strong>3. Natural Light</strong> The space you choose to convert into your new meditation room should have plenty of natural light. Windows facing both east and west will give you rising and setting sunlight, but if you have to make a choice consider what time of day you’d most like to meditate and choose accordingly. BONUS: Rooms with skylights, sliding-glass doors or other access to open air and sky can also boost your meditative mojo. <strong>4. Plant Life / Décor</strong> Eastern philosophers, scientists and happy people in general agree that plants help purify the air and can have a calming effect on the senses. (You can <a title="Houseplants That Remove Air Pollutants" href="http://ourblog.atgstores.com/these-plants-can-make-air-cleaner/" target="_blank">read here</a> about specific plants that are known to help remove pollutants from the air.) Plus, they just look nice. Regarding additional décor, the idea is to keep it simple so that your mind will be free of distraction. There’s no need to commit to Zen gardens, <a title="Tapestries" href="http://www.atgstores.com/tapestries_1459.html" target="_blank">tapestries</a>, <a title="Statues &amp; Figurines" href="http://www.atgstores.com/statues-figurines_797.html" target="_blank">statues</a> and other trappings of Eastern interior design if that’s not your thing. It’s your meditation room and whatever puts you at ease should be central to your design scheme. <a title="ATG Stores Homepage" href="http://www.atgstores.com/default.aspx" target="_blank">ATGStores.com</a> invites you to share your ideas about how you would design your meditation room.
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