An outdoor meditation space is an area to practice mindfulness and be in touch with nature and its elements. It should serve as a sanctuary and an inspiring reminder that meditation is now part of your daily life. Creating a space that is purposefully peaceful, cozy and relaxing can make your meditative practice even more enjoyable (and frequent).
Even though I have a meditation space inside my house, I also have a special spot outside. Both are very important to make meditation a daily habit. Besides meditation, this is also my favorite space to practice yoga: the fresh air helps me breathe and I feel much stronger as I connect with the sun and the trees.
Your outdoor meditation space can be a section of your garden, under a tree for example, or a corner on your porch. It doesn’t have to be big, but it has to be special. The key is to find your favorite space and then add some items to create a welcoming and inviting space. And remember: it should be a reflection of yourself, so go ahead and include some of your own personal touches.
I invite you to scroll down and read my tips and ideas to help you create a backyard meditation space.
Create a sense of enclousure
Suncatchers take the positive energy of the sun and energise the area by spreading that light around in the form of rainbows and flecks of light.
When sunlight passes through a prism, it breaks down into 7 colours that are found in the rainbow. Add a suncatcher to your meditation space and it will be one of the most beautiful elements to look at. Its beautiful energy in your space it will contribute to creating a zen meditation space. (Buy a Sun Catcher on Amazon)
A Meditation Cushion
You can include a meditation cushion that will help you with your posture, ensuring proper alignment of your spine for a longer period of time. Comfortable seating to help you achieve mental clarity and concentration.
When it comes to style, you can find all kinds of cushions nowadays. If your meditation space has a bohemian style, you could go for this Large Meditation cushion for example. You can also take a look at the amazing collection of cushions (zafu), mats (zabuton) and benches from Dharma Crafts, experts in meditation supplies.
Personally, I have bought this simple meditation set by BeanProducts, as it offers perfect support for my spine allowing a comfortable position, which is essential for meditation. The zafu is filled with buckwheat and the whole set is made in USA with sustainable fabrics.
A Water Bowl or Fountain
A Yoga Platform
Bring serenity to your garden with weather-friendly outdoor statues. If you are looking for a reminder of enlightenment, of mindfulness and compassion, go for Buddhist decor. Buddha statues purify the mind, build up the serenity within oneself and motivates to overcome negative emotions, uplifting the mind and focusing the attention on the reality of the materialistic world. Besides, when you buy a Buddha statue, you get a permanent reminder to meditate and to follow dharma.
Increase the peaceful mood of your meditation space by surrounding it with more plants. The plants act as a partition, signifying the space is special and unique to reaching a state of mindfulness. The plants also enhance your meditation experience.
Place potted plants nearby to give off a fresh fragrance and when your eyes are closed, you’ll have that aroma to breathe in. To create more beauty, find flowers that bloom in pleasant colors or plants that possess unique textures. An affordable option is to incorporate succulents into the space. They come in a variety of shapes and only need a little water every now and then to stay healthy.
Since you are using your garden meditation space mostly during spring and summer, consider adding a canopy or a tent to get some shade. You can try making your own boho canopy with some sheets and ropes (Youtube video) or you can just get a resistant one on Amazon for example, like this one from love story.
, that offers 95% UV protection.
Wind chimes are thought to be good luck in parts of Asia and are used in Feng Shui. Whether you enjoy meditating or yoga, a wind chime provides a peaceful backdrop to aid in relaxation and spiritual journey. There is a sense of interaction with the outside world that occurs when wind chimes blow. The sound of the wind tinkling the chimes reminds us of the natural world.
Bells and chimes play a significant role in Buddhism and Feng Shui. In Buddhism, bells play a role in honouring the Three Treasures: the Buddha, Dharma and Sangha.
There are lots of types of chimes but I personally love the bamboo chimes as the sound reminds me of the natural sounds of the forest. If you’re looking for one, I recommend Nalulu wind chimes as they are natural, sustainable and eco-friendly.
Candles & Lanterns
Once you have decided where is your special space and set up everything you need, it’s time to meditate. If you have difficulties concentrating or you are still new, take your phone and listen to your favourite yoga or meditation instructor. I truly recommend Juliana from Boho Beautiful. I love her approach to life, the calm and simple guided meditations and of course, I love her workouts.
Remember, you don’t have to go out and buy all of those things. What is important is a clean and clear environment to keep your mind open. Just choose whichever resonates the most with you and start from there.
If you want to create a meditation space indoors, take a look at my article How To Create The Perfect Meditation Space In Your Home.
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