Props are a beautiful way to create and personalize a sacred space. They distinguish your room or altar as uniquely spiritual, setting the mood for meditation and prayer. Some traditional props include objects like statues, candles, singing bowls, prayer flags and incense. Personal tokens and memorabilia are also wonderful additions.
But it doesn’t have to stop there! Check out these five unique accents that add a special touch to your altar, meditation space, or prayer room.
Using bells in a sacred space is custom in many spiritual traditions. In Hindu temples, a bell’s sound is considered auspicious, signifying to the deity your arrival. In Buddhism, bells are sounded to call individuals to prayer and can be used to mark the beginning of a ritual. Try hanging a bell in the entrance of your space or close to where you practice. Give it a ring when it’s time to start meditating or praying.
How’s about some greenery to inspire good vibes? While plants are not the traditional go-to for meditation rooms, they provide some surprising perks. Plants remove air toxins, purifying your spiritual sanctuary. Plants have also been linked to lower stress levels and a boost in concentration, helpful for when you need to sit and quiet the mind.
Because they come directly from the earth, crystals and natural gemstones are said to vibrate with special energies. Even displaying a gemstone in your space can influence the surrounding area with its unique energy. There are variety of gemstones to choose from, each with its own special properties. Select one that feels right for you. Amethyst, for example, inspires tranquility and divine wisdom, while Rose Quartz is good for compassion and forgiveness.
When it comes to lighting, Himalayan lamps make an excellent alternative to traditional candles. The soft glow of a Himalayan salt lamp inspires a peaceful, calm mood. Additionally, Himalayan lamps are said to purify the air by cleansing it of pollutants. At the same time, they release negative ions, leaving you feeling refreshed and rejuvenated.
Fountains bring the healing sounds of nature right into your home. The trickling and splashing of a fountain’s water is a soothing way to draw you into the moment and create a serene atmosphere.