If you’re looking to start the year off right by dedicating more time to meditation and quiet reflection, now is the time to invest in a comfortable meditation tatami mat. These traditional meditation mats have become a popular staple for those who practice Zen meditation.
When one sits down to meditate, creating an environment of peace and harmony is extremely important. Meditation is most effective when you can remain still and focused for long periods of time. Meditation sessions can be quite lengthy, and you won’t want to become distracted by soreness or discomfort. While many people use a simple yoga mat, others find these are too thin and rubbery to provide the cushioning needed for longer sessions.
Bare floors and uneven cushions are not designed for long periods of peaceful reflection either. That’s why so many Zen enthusiasts recommend a Tatami Meditation Mat. Sturdier than a yoga mat, yet without all the thick padding of a Zabuton, a round tatami mat offers just the right amount of support for meditation.
The best Japanese tatami mats are made from natural fibers and materials, like rush grass, cotton batting, kapok and buckwheat hulls. Natural fibers maintain their shape better over time, and provide a more supportive surface than synthetics or bare floors.
The Tatami Meditation Mat shown here is made from woven Japanese rush grass, and is filled with dried rice straw. Its round shape and brocade border make it a striking addition to your meditation area, without taking up too much space. This mat measures 24” in diameter and is 2 ¼” deep. It is available in with either a red/gold brocade or solid black border. Order a tatami mat for yourself or someone special in your life, and plan on sticking to your resolution to meditate more this year.