Even though you can practice mindful meditation just about anywhere, often it’s much better and more rewarding if you have a special meditation garden to help you through the process. The whole aim of having a meditation garden is to give yourself a place where you can retreat to. It becomes a place to get away and unwind after all the stresses of the day. You don’t even have to know a thing about meditating to create a peaceful and calm meditation garden.
Here’s a little bit of help to get you started on a meditation garden.
Imagine What a Meditation Garden Would Look Like
Take time to think about what a meditation garden means to you and what things would help you relax and rid yourself of the stress. Let the thoughts come and once they do, jot them down on paper or in a journal. Take your thoughts and put them into the practical ideas you can use to create your meditation garden.
When thinking about the garden, remember that this meditation garden is your own garden, it’s intended for what counts and matters to you, not what others want or think it should be like. Also, remember that there is no wrong or right way to create your meditation garden. If it inspires and calms you at the same time, then it will have accomplished its purpose.
It’s important that you try to think of your meditation garden as a room that’s outside. It needs to be a place for you to be able to relax, recline, and rest.
You also want to make sure that it’s one that fits your budget. You don’t want to spend money you can’t afford to spend because that will only cause you more stress.
To get ideas take a look at others gardens around you, check out gardening magazines and books as well as online to help you visualize easier what you might be looking for in your own meditation garden.
Do Basic Ground Work First
When creating a meditation garden there are always going to be some basics you need to think about when you first start. Consider the following:
- The size of your garden. You will need to figure out how big you want it and how much space you have to accommodate your meditation garden. Unless you live alone, you need to make sure that you plan it so that it accommodates others as well. You will also want to think about what kind of barriers you might want, benches, fencing, types of plants and so on.
- The sound is important as well. It’s best that you find an area of your yard that seems to have the least annoying sounds possible. You want to be able to hear the sounds of nature because natural sounds help you focus better when trying to mindfully meditate.
- You also want to consider the types of views that already exist in your yard and you may find something that you will want to “frame” as your focal point for your meditation garden. Find something that inspires you that you can use. If there is nothing, then consider adding something that will fill you with inspiration.
Garden Style Examples
Open yourself up to the possibility of being inspired by garden styles from different parts of the world to use as your meditation garden. Here are just a few styles to consider:
- Japanese Gardens – These gardens are ones that incorporate fine gravel and sand patterns. They also often include different Zen elements, Japanese maple trees, cherry blossoms along with the simplicity of geometry.
- Chinese Gardens – Many Chinese gardens include things such as fish ponds, trees that overhang, small bridges, stone sculptures, stone pathways, and even small pagodas.
- USA Southwestern Gardens – These gardens will often include a design that is simple that includes cacti, succulents, and a small shade tree.
- Traditional English Gardens – These are often walled and filled with various flowers and hedges that are native to the area.
- Australian Native Gardens – These gardens often include gum trees, fragrant plants, and a lot of different areas that are shaded to offer relief from the sun and its heat. Eucalyptus trees are often included in these gardens.
- North American Gardens – These often include carved items made of wood and trees that include fir, oak, and birch. They include many different deciduous plants so one can enjoy the fall colors. They also include lots of plants and bird feeders to draw in the birds.
In the end, though, your meditation garden and what it looks like is totally up to you and what inspires you.
Start Your Plan
If you already have an existing garden then your plan should incorporate some of what already exists because this will make creating your meditation garden far less stressful. Remember, the whole idea of a meditation garden is to have a place of peace and relief of stress.
Make sure to keep your plan in a folder or a binder. This way you can even add magazine clippings or photos in it that will help you put your garden together.
Buy Things That Will Increase the Peacefulness of Your Garden
- Sculpture – You might look at local artists for sculptures that might appeal to you. Or you can go to a garden center and find something that inspires you. You also might want to make a small memorial of someone you really love or has inspired you in life.
- Water Features – Water is probably one of the best calming elements on earth. Water is soothing and calming whether it’s running or still. You might want to add water bowls, a fountain, a trickling water feature, or a fish pond.
- Rocks – Rocks and rock sculptures are always a great addition to a meditation garden because they offer solidity and peace to a garden.
- Small Altars – Altars are great additions to a meditation garden because you can use them for candles, flowers in a vase, incense or other kinds of spiritual items that bring you peace.
- Statues – Statues need to be something that means something to you personally. Don’t just pick one because you’ve seen it in some other garden. Statues need to be personal.
- Leave Empty Space – You need to leave some empty space in your meditation garden. This is because that some empty spaces are quite restful and they simply need nothing to fill them up.
Pick Plants That You’re Inspired By
When it comes to plants for your meditation garden, you need to make sure that they are plants that really inspire you. The plants that you choose for your garden need to be ones that bring you a feeling of calmness and they should be plants that really don’t take a lot of your time and energy to take care of. You don’t want to go to a meditation garden that makes you feel like you need to get up and do some weeding or trimming to tidy things up while you’re trying to relax or meditate.
Update and Change It Up
It’s always a good idea to create a garden that allows you to update it or make changes to it easily. You need to be able to change your meditation garden when your needs might change. You don’t want your garden to be one that looks like it’s stuck in time. Always make sure to refurbish and replenish your garden as your needs evolve so too does the needs of your garden.
Pick Best Spot
Finally, it’s important to note that the spot you pick for your garden is important. The area you choose should be one that is cool, as quiet as possible and calm. Remember this needs to be a place that will bring you peace and calmness. A place for you to get away from all the stresses of the day so that once you are done you feel well refreshed and ready to get on with life.