Meditation 101

Everything You Need To Create a Beautiful Outdoor Meditation Space—Even if You Don’t Have Much Room

Emily Laurence

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One of my first “pandemic projects” was creating a home office for myself—a little nook in the corner of my bedroom with a desk, chair, and stack of colorful notebooks. When I made the transition from working on the couch to having a proper work space, it was truly transformative. Not only was my posture better, but it actually made me excited to flip my laptop open in the morning and get to work.

Having a dedicated meditation space is similar. Let’s be honest: cultivating a meditation practice isn’t always easy. But when you have a space that enhances your practice, you’re more likely to look forward to it and make it a habit. If you have the luxury of having a backyard or small balcony, now could be the perfect time to create such a space outside.

Certified meditation and mindfulness teacher Laurasia Mattingly says meditating outside can create a whole added layer to your meditation practice. “Going outside is a beautiful way to connect to your meditation practice. It allows you to wake up to your senses and the beauty of the world,” she says.

Mattingly explains that, often, we live our lives on autopilot, but spending time meditating in nature can change that. “I often have my students go outside and really listen, and they’ll tell me they never noticed the sound of the birds before,” she says. “I tell my students to take a moment and savor the sun warming their face. Nature can be our reminder to be present, to live life fully awake. It’s why a lot of silent retreats take place in beautiful places of nature.”

Creating an outdoor meditation space doesn’t require a ton of room either. Even if you just have a few feet to work with, you can make it look really beautiful. For inspiration, here are nine products that will make your meditation space so dreamy that you might not want to even close your eyes.

9 products for a dreamy, outdoor meditation space

outdoor meditation space decor
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1. Shop Succulents Soft Hued Collection, $34 for 6

Succulents are one of the easiest ways to upgrade your meditation space and these ones are small enough that they work with any size space. Plus, they’re super low-maintenance which is a major perk; the last thing you want to worry about while meditating is if your plant babies are dying.

Buy it now: Shop Succulents Soft Hued Collection, $32.99 for six

meditation cushion
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2. Peace Yoga Meditation Pillow Cushion, $30 – $36

A proper meditation cushion can help make sitting for a prolonged amount of time easier on the body. This cushion comes in six different colors and will brighten up your whole outdoor space. It’s also weather-proof, so it’s okay if it gets a little wet.

Buy it now: Peace Yoga Meditation Pillow Cushions ($30 – $36)

hammock swing chair
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3. E Everking Macrame Hammock Swing Chair, $60

If you have a bit more space, a macrame hammock chair will give your meditation space major boho vibes. Sitting still definitely isn’t a requirement of meditation; enjoy the breeze gently moving you.

Buy it now:  E Everking Macrame Hammock Swing Chair ($60)

outdoor rug
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4. Rugshop Modern Bohemian Indoor/Outdoor Rug, $62

Something as simple as a rug can make make a huge difference. Also, if you’re creating your meditation space in your backyard, it can help set it apart and designate it as a special area. It’s also kinder on bare feet!

Buy it now: Rugshop Modern Bohemian Indoor/Outdoor Rug ($62)

meditation rug
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5. Ustide Cotton Braided Porch Doormat, $19

If you don’t have space for a full rug, a small doormat works just as well. It’s an inexpensive way to make your outdoor meditation space feel truly special.

Shop now: Ustide Cotton Braided Porch Doormat ($19)

outdoor meditation space decor woven basket
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6. BlueMake Boho Woven Seagrass Belly Basket, $18

If you like using meditation beads, tarot cards, singing bowls, or other meditation tools, a woven basket like this is a great place to store them.

Shop now: BlueMake Boho Woven Seagrass Belly Basket ($18)

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7. Astarin Outdoor Wind Chime, $54

Part of the benefit of meditating outside is enjoying all the outdoor sounds, and a wind chime can add to the outdoor symphony. While before a gentle breeze might have gone unnoticed, now you’re sure to pay attention to it—and it will sound beautiful.

Shop now: Astarin Outdoor Wind Chime ($54)

candles
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8. Yinuo Candles Citronella Candles ($25 for a set of 4)

Candles are often used to enhance a meditation space and these help keep mosquitos away at the same time. The fewer distractions the better, right?

Shop now: Yinuo Candles Citronella Candles ($25 for four)

fairy lights
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9. Minetom USB Fairy Lights, $12

Not only do fairy lights add a whimsical feel, they also come in handy if you meditate early in the morning or in the evening.

Shop now: Minetom USB Fairy Lights ($12)

You certainly don’t have to spend a lot of money to make an outdoor meditation space. After all, nature is already beautiful enough. But adding a few personal touches that not only make meditating more comfortable but also reflect who you are can make it feel really special.

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