Fantasy and Function: Meditation Spaces...
Meditation - it's the idea of taking time to transform the mind- developing (and maintaining) concentration, clarity and emotional positivity, and, it seems to be creeping more and more into everyday vocabulary and exercise. For some of us, meditation might be running a bath and switching the phone to silent, for others it might be the final pose or 'shavasana' of those sporadic yoga classes, where you feel an absolute numb-nevss to the exterior world, even if it is for just a few minutes.
Meditation can exist wherever and whenever you allow it to, but when it comes to finding the right meditation space, we could all use a little help right? Luckily nowadays companies are doing a lot more to combat that 'burnout' which sometimes happens after hours sitting behind a computer screen, or after #adulting in general - and are looking at ways to optimise productivity and overall happiness.
Inscape honours the traditions of meditation while infusing modern design and technology delivered through multi-sensory group experiences using light, sound, scent and inner reflection.
In an ideal world, it would be great to escape to a place like Inscape for a quick restorative guided meditation session. Designed by Winka Dubbledam, the space features two meditation studios -The Dome, for seated meditation and the Alcove for relaxation practices like sound baths for example. Inscape's founder Khajak Keledjian says, “I wanted to give people somewhere to go that’s secular, modern, and relevant to today’s lifestyle . From experience to architecture to bringing different techniques under one platform...it’s curated from the door handle in the front, to the soap in the bathroom.”
If you aren't lucky enough to find such a place in your city, you could always try to convince your employer to hop on the meditation bandwagon, and introduce something like Open Vessel into the workspace, in return for higher productivity of course!
Open Vessel is a meditation pod designed to help people restore focus, balance, and energy, and, with a backing of passionate entrepreneurs, neuroscientists, designers, engineers, meditation teachers, sound healers and musicians, we are convinced! Combining architectural design, lighting, guided meditations, and sounds - Open Vessel pods are proven to induce individuals into a relaxed state within a short period of time.
But, if what your after is a simple but effective space in your home, there aren't too many rules aside from quiet and comfortable. Ideally, less-is-more when it comes to your mediation space. Too much clutter often ends in distraction, and can have you wondering off. Essentially, the goal is stillness - it's your space, and your style - just please don't make the mistake of thinking that you need to have pictures of Buddha hanging, or exotic incense and candles burning for it to work! Here's some inspiration to take this fantasy feature into reality. Happy meditating folks!