Do your days seem to fly by?
Do you never feel like you have enough time to get done everything you want, both in your personal life and in your professional life?
If you answered yes to either of these questions, it may be hard for you to find times when you can relax. However, it is critically important that you make resting a priority if you want to be happy, healthy and balanced in your life. Have you considered setting up a private space, a place where the stress of the day simply melts away?
A meditation garden could be the answer for you.
Gardens can help you mentally and physically. For hundreds of years, people in both the Western and Eastern cultures have found gardens to be a place where they can go to relax, meditate and even learn.
Advantages of an Outdoor Meditation Area
Studies indicate that nature can help you to feel better. At Texas A&M, researchers held a study where participants were shown either natural scenes/elements or urban scenes.
When the participants looked at the natural scenes, they felt more positive overall and they were attentive to what they were looking at. In addition, they were less likely to feel stress.
However, when the participants were shown urban scenes, their alpha rates went down.
These alpha rates have to do with being wakefully relaxed. Studies like these are the reason that people often gift plants to friends or family members that are sick; the plants help them to feel better.
Creating A Meditation Garden
If you are creating a meditation garden for your outdoor space, you need to choose the right type of plants. For example, lavender, chamomile and aloe are all considered medicinal plants and they are great for the garden.
In addition, plant flowers in a variety of colors. You also want flowers that smell great, so they will be pleasing to your senses.
Water is also a very calming addition to a garden and a large outdoor fountain can add this aspect.
Furthermore, if you live in a neighborhood with a lot of activity, plant trees that will grow tall and give you some measure of solitude while you are in your garden. Finally, consider how much of a green thumb you have.
If you are not used to caring for plants, choose species that don’t take a lot of work.
While plants are a crucial part of any garden, there are other elements to consider as well. Think about making a path out of stone that takes you to an area where you can meditate.
Add a bench or a yoga mat so you have a place to sit. Other decorative pieces are nice as well; outdoor art will give you something beautiful to look at and candle lanterns allow you to use the space in the evenings.
You can easily find your own meditation spot by going outdoors and camping! There will be plenty of options for you once you get out there!
It doesn’t take much to set up a meditation garden; you can do as much or as little as you would like. And, when you are done, you will have your own special retreat.