Since we are living in such a hectic and fast-paced world, having a place where you can relax and escape from reality a bit becomes virtually mandatory. If you have a backyard, the perfect choice for such a place is definitely a meditation garden.
These gardens are meant to provide you with a beautiful and safe place to retreat and put your mind at ease while spending some much-needed time surrounded by nature. The best thing is that you don’t really have to know anything about meditation either! The raw beauty of nature will evoke the feeling of peace and serenity which will instantly allow you to decompress and unwind. And who knows? It might even help you to learn how to mediate in the end. So, if this sounds appealing to you, let’s see how you can create a meditation garden in your own backyard.
Before you begin, make sure you sit down and think about your ideal garden. This should encompass everything – from the position of it in your yard, the overall layout, the plants you wish to plant, the furniture pieces you wish to add all the way to the budget you wish to spend on creating it. This way, you’ll be in better control of things once you start making your idea a reality.
However, if you’re not sure about any of the aforementioned elements of a meditation garden, you should seek additional inspiration. For instance, you can drive around your neighborhood and try to see what others have done in their yards or you can consult with the internet. Alternatively, you can even look for ideas from different countries and allow them to inspire you.
Now, once you’ve come up with a certain outlook, you should start making your idea a reality. Here, you should first make sure you take care of all the groundwork before you move onto other elements. Therefore, make sure you measure the area where you want to create a meditation garden so that you know the exact size of the space you’re working with. Furthermore, make sure that the area you’ve chosen is a quiet one so that you can truly relax in it once it’s all done. Finally, make sure you level out the area so that you are left with a favorable terrain.
When it comes to surfaces, you need to consider what will be below you as you walk, sit and rest. Do know that you won’t really be able to relax fully if the surface below you is too rough, cold, warm or unfavorable in any other sense. Therefore, you can choose to create pathways with decorative concrete and allocate certain grassy areas for when you want to have a direct and unobstructed connection with the nature that surrounds you. For the grassy areas, you can even opt for ground covers such as moss and similar plants if you’re not particularly fond of the grass itself.
Furthermore, you should fill your meditation garden with various objects that will help you boost the sense of serenity. These include different statues and sculptures – you should choose these according to your personal tastes, water features such as fountains or bird baths, interesting rocks or even small altars; again, the choice is completely up to you.
Finally, no garden can do without beautiful, carefully selected plants. In a meditation garden, you should consider planting not only plants that look beautiful but also the ones that have other valuable features, such as the smell, feel and purpose. For instance, you can choose tall shrubs to fence out your garden from the rest of the yard for an additional done of privacy and fill the rest of the garden with plants such as rosemary, lavender, lamb’s ears and even some night-flowering plants, so that you can enjoy beautiful fragrances even when the sun goes down.
As you can see, creating a soothing garden in your backyard that will appeal to more than one of your senses is not difficult at all. You just need to identify all the things that make you feel serene and help you calm down and incorporate them into your garden’s design. And, of course, don’t forget to enjoy your new garden.
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