Meditating outside can be very rewarding. Depending on the time of day or night you can use the energy of the sun or moon to amplify the energy of your meditation. It is also very simple to do as well, without gaining the attention of neighbours, or random strangers walking by. It can be as simple as just laying a blanket outside and either sitting or laying down on it. All you need to do is quiet your mind and to tune out the world around you. If you're looking to add more to your outside meditation follow these tips:
- Utilize the elements. Since each element is associated with a direction, place something that represents each element in each direction. In the north place a feather to represent air. East represents earth, so some leaves would be a good start. South is fire, so lighting a candle is perfect (remember your fire safety). Finally west is water so a simple bowl of water will suffice. If you want to find out more about connecting with the elements check it out here!
- Be in direct sunlight or moonlight. Don't look up at the sun, just be in its presence. Let it wash over you. Both of these will bring you a lot of positive energy. Depending on what time of day you decide to meditate, you can take advantage of the different energy the sun gives off. Meditate in the morning and you will feel refreshed, and ready to start the day. In the afternoon, if you meditate, you will get a burst of energy to continue your tasks for the day. In the evening at dusk, meditation will help you to relax and just unwind for a good night sleep.
- Add yoga to your meditation. It's not uncommon to see people working out or doing yoga in their backyards, or in a park or by the lake. Without all the distractions near by, it is easy to just relax and focus on your meditation.
- Utilize your crystals. Some crystals are fantastic to use outside during a meditation. Sunstone, carnelian, quartz are just to name a few. Bring them outside the next time you feel like meditating. Some stones fade while in the sun. These stones are: aventurine, amethyst, aquamarine, beryl, citrine, kunzite, sapphires, fluorite, rose quartz, smokey quartz. It's best to keep these ones indoors.
Do you enjoy meditating outside? How do you do it? Share your tips in the comment section below. We would love to find out!