Posted by on 1/3/2021 to Let's Talk Meditation!
Meditation Anywhere! Ideas to DIY an Outdoor Meditation Space
Meditation can be done in any area of your home! It can even be practiced on the go, and a great way to explore the boundaries of meditation is by setting up your own beautiful outdoor meditation space. Outdoor meditation is the ultimate way to get in touch with nature, your mind and your body!
The combination between meditation, relaxation and being outside, just seems to make the practice that much more beautiful. Outdoor meditation spaces in particular, can also be a fun DIY project for you to work on while you are stuck at home, specially during this worlds, crazy times!
Ever thought about trying to set your own meditation space-up? Well, whether your have or have not it's actually easier then you might think. Now of course, it's dependent on how elaborate you want your space to be.
In this discussion we'll be talking about why you should make your own outdoor meditation space, some tips and ideas that will help you make your very own outdoor oasis!
Why You Should Create Your Own Outdoor Meditation Space?
1. You Will Have a Place to Focus and Concentrate on Your Meditation Practice
Columbia University researchers state that meditation can actually change the structure and function of the brain through relaxation. This therefore can help increase focus, concentration and attention span.
It’s true that you can meditate practically anywhere, however you'll want to find a quiet and comfortable spot to meditate on your own for the best benefits. Sometimes this might not be possible for everyone. Maybe your house is loud, maybe you have a busy family who never seems to have a quit moment.
It could be that your room is cluttered and not the best place to meditate as well.
Regardless, you'll want to meditate in a place that is entirely your own from time to time. This way you are able to fully concentrate and focus on your meditation and your own self. DIY outdoor meditation spots are perfect for this. You can have your very own dedicated meditation space with just a little bit of work and proper decorating.
A study in 2016, showed promising results that even brief meditation sessions can improve allocation of attentional resources. So it's important that even if you can find just 10 minutes out of your day, that you regularly focus on yourself and daily meditation practice.
2. You Can Customize Your Outdoor Space to Your Liking
Privacy and quiet are important for deep meditation, one of the best parts about DIY outdoor meditation spaces is your ability to customize your own outdoor space. Your outdoor meditation spot might not be large, but you get to create your own little world, and make it as quant and cozy as you'd like.
Having a place that you design for peace and relaxation can do a lot for your practice. It will be easier to get into a meditative state. You can also take the time you need to fully lean into your meditation, making it possible to meditate with only a brief "available" moment in the day.
3. It’s Easy, Fun, and Improves The Look of Your Property
Finally, outdoor meditation spaces can be a great weekend project for you and your family. It's not hard to customize your own space in just a few hours of shopping, for the right supplies of course, and then setting up your home space.
Now it's true, others in your house may have no interest in the practice, but creating an outdoor meditation space is the perfect excuse to spruce up your backyard, and decorate the outside of your home.
Doing this may even spark ides to create some cohesion within the rest of your yard, and/or home, as meditation spaces usually "scream" relaxation!
You can add your own touches and personalized look and feel to your meditation spot. Don’t be afraid to get some input from the people around you. Everyone in your house can enjoy a nice "Zen" type space. Accent it with your favorite greenery, comfortable meditation cushions, and set an amazing ambiance!
DIY Ideas For Outdoor Meditation Spaces:
1. Create a Cozy Spot With Blankets and Pillows
One of the aims of outdoor meditation spaces is obviously for comfort and relaxation. You don’t have to create some spartan-like environment though to meditate in.
In fact, you'll want to bring only things in the space that are personal to you, that make your feel comfortable and cozy, whether that's a blanket, throw pillows, cushions, plants, sculptures, water elements or even music.
Try thinking of your favorite places for vacation and bring some of that culture or color schemes into your DIY space. Maybe you have a dream destination spot, try imagining yourself there. What would your perfect, comfy-cozy spot have?
Sometimes less is more, even if you have a rather large space to utilize, don't take up every inch, you want to feel peaceful and free of unnecessary clutter. Medication is for stress management, not to add more to your plate!
2. Make Your Own Lanterns
Lanterns are the perfect addition to your outdoor meditation space. They can be super personalized and easy to make. You can get lanterns at your local store or vintage shop. The important thing is to purchase something that speaks to your tastes and looks aesthetically pleasing. Setting up an outdoor meditation space is all about intention and calm.
So, get a lantern and other items that make you feel at ease and in harmony with your meditation spot. Neutral colors and other calming colors are recommended. You can even paint your lantern into your desired color if you want to customize it a little!
However here is a way to make your own customized lanterns below!
Then add candles, or other types of light to fill your lantern and give you the right lighting for your mediation practice! You may want to choose battery run candles as they will be safer for your practice, as you will not have to be concerned with a real candle flame. Battery powered candles nowadays, look as good as the real thing, and they are safe. Some, even have timers so they can be set to your sessions.
The downside of course is the you will not get that nice aroma from the real thing. To solve this, maybe invest in some essential oils, incense sticks, aromatherapy diffusers as well.
3. Create a Meditation Garden
Meditation gardens can be created by hand with stone, sand, and a rake. This is a simple DIY idea that can help bring calm and Zen into your outdoor meditation space. Choose neutral colors that induce calm, and create fun and unique patterns with your sand and stones.
We would also suggest looking at other people’s mediation gardens, as well. Obviously we are all different and want different things in our gardens, but you can truly get a lot of inspiring ideas from people who have already created their own. These are not hard to make, but you'll want to familiarize yourself with the look of a meditation garden before you make your own!
4. Add Live Plants and Flora
Plants and other live flora can also be added to your outdoor meditation space as well. The addition of live greenery is important to the aesthetic of your meditation area, and plants to some, bring greater piece of mind. Plants will make your meditation space look more interesting, colorful and fun. In addition, the live greenery may also help tie your space better and help connect with nature more easily.
Meditation is not just about reaching into ourselves, as we meditate, we want to interact and see the world around us. Plants require care and attention, so simply having to take care of them, may help bring a sense of calm and tranquility before you meditate.
5. Install a Fountain or Water Source
This last suggestion, like many of the others, is totally optional. Not everyone has the time or money to install a fountain or water source in their meditation space. However, nowadays you can actually find some fairly inexpensive, easy to set-up, portable water elements. The sound of water falling or moving can be a beautiful sound for stress relief and helping you meditate better.
There are all kinds of fun ways you can do this. You can get a small fountain, something simple and minimalistic, or take a huge leap and even dig out your own pond and add fish to your backyard to enhance it's tranquility.
You should, at least consider the benefits of having water running while you are meditating, not only is the sound of importance, but the aesthetics are also an added bonus!
These are clearly just some starter ideas for designing and organizing your very own outdoor DIY meditation space, there is so much opportunity to customize the look and feel of your special spot. One last suggestion is to start simple, and add to the space as you go. During your sessions, you may start to visualize other aspects or items that would look perfect in the space and also be beneficial to your practice.
It's okay to start small, simple, and grow your practice into something that can truly be life changing.