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Phillips Collection Natural Wood Tranquil Meditation Space
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    Don’t locate your tranquility space near TVs, bills or other distractions. Photo courtesy of Phillips Collection

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    Consider traditional meditative elements when creating a space for relaxation. Photo courtesy of Kellye Davis, The Bliss Principle

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    Natural elements help create a sense of tranquility. Photo courtesy of Phillips Collection

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Natural elements help create a sense of tranquility. Photo courtesy of Phillips Collection


Quick Tips for Tranquility

  • Avoid distractions: Don’t locate your tranquility space near TVs, bills or other distractions.
  • Fake flames: Battery-operated votives can be inserted into candles, providing realistic glow without the danger of accidental fire.
  • Use fresh-cut flowers: Davis says peaceful energy comes from fresh flowers.


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  • 5 Steps to Creating a Tranquil Space at Home

    Follow these simple tips to create a peaceful space where you can escape life’s daily stresses.

    by Paula Hendrickson

    These days we have constant demands for our time and attention. Whether it’s pressures from work, relationship strains or economic challenges, it’s no wonder so many stressed-out people are seeking peaceful retreats at home. Kellye Davis, author of The Bliss Principle, shares how to create your own tranquility space.


    Step 1: Choose Any Room in Your Home

    “It’s important for people to have a place to go where they can be quiet and feel safe, especially during these times,” Davis says. And surprisingly, it doesn’t take much room at all.

    “Just carve out a little space. It can be in your bedroom, your kitchen (where you likely spend a lot of time), a space in your den, even on your patio.” The idea is to create a personal, uncluttered niche that inspires peaceful feelings. Some people use tranquility spaces to pray, others may meditate, do yoga or simply relax.


    Step 2: When Decorating, Focus on Beauty

    “All it takes is a couple of basic objects—a candle, a flower, maybe some gemstones, crystals or river stones—that represent peace to you.” Some people include photos of loved ones or mementos reminding them of happy, positive, peaceful times. It’s highly personal.

    Davis prefers simple white and pure colors. “I usually put three gardenias in a bowl of water with a white candle along with a quartz crystal or amethyst. Sometimes I’ll build upon that. I might find a quote I like, cut it out and prop it up there. Or a picture. It changes. One day you’ll want to add something, another day you’ll want to take something away.”

    Your personal tranquility space acts as an external peace trigger. “These external objects trigger inner calm. It’s no mistake that we’re affected by beautiful things,” Davis says.


    Step 3: Consider Traditional Meditative Elements

    Davis, drawing inspiration from India’s Vastu Shastra tradition (which Feng Shui is based on), suggests three basic set-ups: 

    1. An altar-like shelf, at heart height
    2. A meditation area, two to three feet above the floor
    3. A waist-high puja, traditional in many Hindu homes (a shrine-like object on which you can place pictures and mementos)

     Your choice depends on how you plan to use the space.


    Step 4: Create Sensory appeal

    Aroma and sound enhance peaceful feelings. While Davis prefers unscented candles, she sometimes burns incense. Some people incorporate tabletop waterfalls in their tranquility spaces, but Davis says soothing string music also works, as long as it doesn’t entice movement.

    “If you’re looking to create a tranquility space that encompasses a meditation area, you definitely want a nice thick cushion to sit on, and perhaps one to support your back,” Davis says. Traditionally, wool is the fabric of choice, since it’s said to retain energy.


    Step Five: Use it

    “Take advantage of the moments you’re in your tranquility space,” Davis says. “It really is a chance to take time out and not rush through. It’s not enough to say, ‘Oh, I have a tranquility space.’ It really is about participating with it. If you have it, use it—with intention.”