How to Create a Meditation Garden to Reduce Stress
With the way things can stress us out in our daily life, we all crave a little peace and time for ourselves. And with all this urban chaos going on, there’s no place like your garden where you can try to find some solace.
Still, for your garden to be a zen point, you need to know how to arrange it. A plant here, a piece of garden furniture there – these little things may turn your garden into a haven that will temporarily take you away from the city chaos. And here are some tips for you to do it.
Find the perfect meditation spot
For your garden to transcend from a regular garden to a meditation garden, you need to make sure that everything there feels relaxing. Granted, it’s likely that you can’t just move your garden entirely – but you can choose in which point you can sit to relax.
When you’re looking for a relaxing, meditation garden, you don’t want it to be too cold or too hot, too lumpy or bumpy, too hard or too soft. You want to be sitting on a bed of soft, green grass where everything is perfect.
If that’s too difficult to achieve, try going for a spot that has a wooden bench or a deck. Wood is very efficient at absorbing the heat when it’s cold outside, and it can repel it when the weather is just too hot.
Make sure that the perfect spot is away from noisy areas (e.g. the street), and that it’s hidden from any prying eyes. Your meditation spot should be a private one – not a place where car honking can ruin your mood or old Joe across the street can see your every move.
Plant aromatic flowers and lush plants
When you are taking a relaxing bath, you use oils with soothing fragrances, such as lavender essential oils or rose oils, right? Pleasant fragrances help us relax, as they can immediately calm our senses. As a result, it’s a good idea to plant some aloe, rose, jasmine, lavender or chamomile in your garden.
Moreover, an abundance of beautiful green plants can create a relaxing environment. Hearing the rustle of the bushes or watching the climbing flowers grow more every day can lead to a very relaxing experience.
Install a fountain
A water source is something very pleasant to have around, as we all like to listen to the sound of moving water. It is also the reason why rainy indoor days or little streams tend to be so very pleasant. However, since you don’t want the rain to ruin your sunshine time, and you might not have a stream pass through your garden, your best solution is a fountain.
Fountains are not only pleasing to look at if you choose an architecturally beautiful one, but they can also provide that running water sound that we all adore. Plus, it can mask the background noise, bringing the flow into your life and healing all the negative thoughts.
Create a small grilling space
Meditation gardens are not only for sitting on the grass, in the garden, singing Kumbaya with your eyes closed as you listen to the sound of running water. Meditation gardens are all about relaxing – and there’s nothing more relaxing than cooking your favorite meal outdoors, enchanted by the smell of food as it is getting prepared over the coal.
There are many simple models of grills that you can add to your garden that will give your food savory and aromatic flavor, but you may want to choose one that goes well with the overall aspect of the space. It doesn’t have to be some fancy and expensive grill. If you can’t find something with an interesting frame, you may want to build one yourself, from stone or brick. Make it as interesting as you can by doing the right DIY work.
Arrange comfortable seating
The last but perhaps the most important part of creating your perfect meditation garden is to ensure that you have a place where you can sit back and relax – so, picking uncomfortable furniture that will only make your body hurt will put a big dent in everything.
If you like to sit on the ground, make sure that your favorite spot remains clear so that you can bring a mat or cushion outdoors with you. If you prefer actual furniture, make sure that it’s comfortable and promotes good posture. If you don’t feel comfortable while you are sitting, all your “zen” will go away in less than 10-15 minutes.
Gardens can be a great place for you to relax and spend a little quality time with yourself – but the secret here is to arrange it properly. You can have an average garden – or you can have an oasis that can take all your stress away. You just need to know what to pay attention to.