Everyone deserves a spot at home where they can take a few minutes or more for themselves to catch up on all the books and magazines piling up or simply be able to muse, plan, pray and/or meditate, preferably away from the electronic devices that tend to run our lives.
Reading nooks and meditation spaces share many characteristics, even if they’re used slightly differently. They generally are smaller spaces with some degree of seclusion centered on whatever kind of seating the user finds most comfortable for what they are doing.
Many readers prefer a large, plush chair, while soft but sturdy floor cushions are embraced by those meditating. In many cases you have enough room to use both for either activity.
Some floor plans, especially open-concept, don’t have a lot of “nooks,” but all you really need is a corner of a room that doesn’t get a lot of foot traffic. If even that’s hard to come by, you can use bookshelves, a screen or plants to create some privacy from the hubbub.
Natural light is a big plus for your mood and overall health — you can always add a lamp for night use.
Some of the items that have a place in either type of space or a multipurpose one include:
A rug — It will help define your space, which is essential if you don’t have many other borders to use. The pattern needs to be pleasing to you and could also be an assist for meditative moments.
A table or shelf — This can hold your favorite reads, inspirational texts, any photos or other objects you focus on for meditation or prayer, plus puzzles, stress balls, a mug for your favorite tea or coffee or whatever else you want to have near.
Candles and diffusers — Candles are inherently calming (LED ones more so, for some), and one of the most commonly used objects for external meditation. Scents from a candle or diffuser can soothe and direct readers and contemplators alike.