Everyday life can be stressful when you are constantly moving from one thing to another with no time to unwind and just press pause for a few minutes. While life outside your home can be exhilarating, it’s important to spend some time rejuvenating yourself to get ready for the next day. Find out more about what it means to be “zen” and how you can use lighting to create the ultimate calming space.
What does "zen" actually mean?
Picture yourself sitting in a quiet room, letting go of all your stress, and decluttering your mind so you think about nothing except your breathing. The feeling of zen taps into that state of mindfulness while solely focusing on controlling your thoughts. In fact, through the practice of zen, individuals learn how to prevent their minds from wandering in order to gain a better perspective of their own emotions, perceptions, and self-awareness. Zen is not meant to take you away from reality, but rather help you connect with it on a deeper level.
How does lighting impact zen?
Reaching zen in a pitch-black room can be extremely difficult. Your mind may jump among topics instead of focusing on yourself. That said, a room that’s too bright isn’t a solution either – finding appropriate lighting between these extremes is essential for achieving mindfulness and zen. With the perfect fixtures, you’ll feel embraced by positivity and comfort. Promote concentration and serenity by using lights in the following ways:
- Create a calm atmosphere: Instead of using typical overhead lighting – which can be harsh and even distracting – use dimmable fixtures, fairy lights, and laser projectors like the BlissLights StarPort to build that gentle ambiance needed after a busy day at work. The right lighting with a great guided meditation app can transport you into a state of zen. Once you turn on the lights, find a comfy position on a couch, bed, or some cushions on the floor. Burn incense or turn on an essential oil diffuser with the scent of lavender or frankincense to get you into the right mindset for a calming zen session.
- Improve your mood: If you’ve ever noticed a difference in productivity and energy levels in different lighting scenarios, it may be because of the types of lights. Each light type and color can impact your mood in a different way. The right fixture and color improve mental health and encourage a sense of harmony. Learn more about the connection between lights and overall health in this blog post about how lighting affects mood and human behavior.
- Help you relax: When emotions get high, you may be struggling to bring yourself back to reality. Lighting is a simple way to help alleviate these feelings of distress. Warm color temperatures have been proven to increase deep relaxation and accelerate mental recovery time from long periods of tension.
6 zen lighting ideas
Ready to transform your ordinary space into a peaceful sanctuary? Check out these lighting ideas for some inspiration on how to create your own personal zen room anywhere in your home:
1. Color-changing LED lights
Fill your safe haven with blissful colors to create a serene atmosphere. Color-changing LEDs allow you to pick and choose which colors bring you the most joy when in a zen mindset. Many LED lights can either be lit up one single color, or alternate in a pattern that matches your deep breathing. Focus on colors such as green, red, blue, and even purple for the most relaxing results.
2. Natural light
Natural light is proven to have several positive impacts on your health such as improved sleep and decreased seasonal depression. Sunlight has the perfect amount of brightness for zen meditation – it won’t take away from your concentration and will relax you just enough without making you sleepy. Open up your curtains or blinds and let that sun shine in.
3. Soft lighting
Illuminate the room with a soft glow that can help you connect with yourself. Dimmable lamps, salt lamps, pendant fixtures, and fairy string lights not only add to the decor, but relieve you of tension and worry. These types of fixtures also help to stabilize your mood and improve cognitive performance.
4. Laser projectors
Shine special effects and moving patterns on the walls and ceiling for deep and tranquil zen moments. With BlissLights products such as our Sky Lite Laser Galaxy Projector, you can experience personal gratitude while being surrounded with drifting blue nebula clouds and twinkling stars. Whether you’re laying in bed at the end of the day, or taking a break from work, laser projectors will capture your attention and provide you with pleasant images.
5. Laser bulbs
If you’ve ever laid down outside late at night to star-watch, you probably know how peaceful it is to get lost in the sparkling stars. Laser bulbs like the BlissBulb shine thousands of colorful stars in your room, creating a magical space for your zen time. Just take some deep breaths, listen to a guided meditation app, and fill your headspace with words of encouragement.
6. Lights for relaxation
Help yourself fully decompress and let go of stress and anxiety by incorporating lights made for relaxation into your zen practice. Lights that produce soothing colors with a warm glow can put you in the right zone for meditation. Use BlissLights Ark for a comforting ambiance and abstract aurora to appear in your own room. These restful lights will take your mind off the busy outside world so you can concentrate on self-rejuvenation.
Find your zen with BlissLights
With all the commotion that goes on in the world, you deserve to find time for yourself. The simple practice of zen can greatly help to reduce stress, anxiety, and break free from all the heavy feelings dragging you down. Using products from BlissLights will give you a unique and relaxing experience while you focus on self-care and appreciation.
Light up your room with galaxy projectors, laser star bulbs, and ambient lighting to become fully immersed in your zen session. Take a look at the various laser light collections from BlissLights for more relaxing products that will help set the tone for a peaceful and meaningful spiritual connection.