I made a Montessori Peace Table for my home, and I am happy to report that it has worked to decrease conflict and increase peace. A peace table (or peace corner) is a space dedicated to grounding thoughts and feelings, practicing meditation or silence, and resolving a conflict.
My peace table will likely change and evolve, but it currently has a canopy to visually dedicate the space, a sheepskin rug and two pillows, and on top of my chest (which stores throw pillows): an essential oils diffuser, a woven basket holding stress balls and bubbles, a muslin baby blanket, and a framed handwritten mantra, You are made of light. The only things I didn’t already have around the house were the stress balls, which I purchased at my kids’ request.
A peace table doesn’t have to look a certain way, but it should feel calm, focused and comfortable. There are endless options for objects to include in your peaceful space, but I think it is easiest to consider what will bring balance through the five senses. Of course, this is just a framework, and you should choose what best serves your needs and resonates with you and others in your home.
Everything on the peace table should be appealing, inviting, contained, and soothing. Natural materials and colors tend to be more grounding. Any patterns on the blanket, pillows, rug, chair or art that you find beautiful are wonderful. If you wish to go deeper in symbolism, consider patterns which are closed-ended (such as a maze), spiraling, cascading, looping (circles or infinity), or flowing. A peaceful image can be as literal as two people hugging, or simply beautiful, such as an image of a flower, a sunset, or abstract art.
Many people respond well to flowing sounds like a gentle fountain or calming music, or listening to a conch shell. Even at-home ambient noise can become tiresome, so (for anything other than conflict resolution between hearing people), noise-cancelling headphones may help.
A comfortable place to sit and a blanket to wrap up in provide physical comfort. Other touch sensations include paying special attention to the sensation of breathing with breath work exercises, or by blowing bubbles. Hand work like squeezable balls or putty, or simple fine motor work like a sand rake or rock art are also engaging ways to release tension and balance emotions.
One scent or a simple blend from only source of scent is ideal for a peace table. The brain is easily distracted trying to identify or reconcile multiple scents. Scent is a powerful memory motivator, so consider what associations you wish to invoke or avoid. Essential oils diffuser, incense, candle, a satchel or even a heat pad (so great for touch, too) bring in lovely scents.
I have not yet seen this incorporated into a peace table, but it may be worth experimenting with taste. Often, the body will produce the sensation of a bad taste when it is trying to expel an unwanted emotion, or a stress reaction will lead to a bad taste from acid reflux. Peppermint is good for the gut and while it is often used for perking up, I think it works well for grounding, too. (I associate it with cleanliness and sleep because of toothpaste.) Sense of smell is so closely related to taste, though, that the scent of edible natural material like citrus, mint, lavender, sage, vanilla or chamomile may double to account for the sense of taste.