Creating a meditation garden is a great way to appreciate the great outdoors while simultaneously enhancing your meditation practice. The act of creating and maintaining your meditation garden will actually be a form of meditation itself. The goal of crafting a meditation garden is to create a place to retreat and relax, a place free from stress.
You Decide What to Include
Begin by simply imagining your ideal meditation garden. Ask yourself:
- What do you see?
- Do you imagine plenty of plants?
- Do you smell fresh flowers?
- Are you surrounded by decorative rock?
Write down your ideas. You may even wish to sketch your ideal meditation garden ahead of time. Remember, there are no right or wrong ways to build a meditation garden. Everyone's garden will look different – and that's perfectly fine.
Take the Time to Plan Your Garden
Once you've spent some time imagining your ideal meditation garden, it's time to get down to the planning. Consider each of these questions thoroughly:
- What is the overall size of the garden?
- What are the sound levels of the garden?
- Is the terrain flat or hilly?
- What types of views do you have?
Each of these questions sets the stage for what work must be done to transform your space into a meditative area.
Depending on how you answered those questions, you'll now know how much work is ahead of you. You may have to flatten out the terrain, erect a fence, or plant some trees. It's time to write down a to-do list. Write down everything you'll have to do to get from point A to point Z. Consider every step along the way, such as buying decorative rocks or finding a comfortable seat for meditation.
Include Some Research
After you've created a list, it may be helpful to take a look at examples of existing meditation gardens. You'll likely be inspired to add a few more to-do items to your list, or completely redesign your meditation garden. Ultimately, what matters is that you design a garden that will provide you with a peaceful space to close your eyes and pursue inner peace.
By now, you'll have a to-do list full of actionable steps you need to take to make your meditation garden a reality. It's time to start buying any additional items you require and doing the work involved to make your garden become a reality.
You'll be faced with multiple decisions as you proceed with building your garden. Always keep in mind that you're pursuing peace, and let that be your guide in making the right decision for you.