Community//

Tips On Designing A Meditation Garden

If you are planning to turn your backyard into a beautiful and welcoming meditation garden, below are some tips and advice worth considering.

1. Choose Lush Plants

The abundance of lush green plants helps make the garden feel welcoming and relaxing. Give some preference to mint and various herbs that will help add a pleasant scent. If the garden is in an area that is warm, then consider adding some ornamental grass and bamboo whose rustling sounds will add to the overall calming effects of the relaxing atmosphere in the yard.

2. Incorporate Inspiring Objects

The inclusion of an image, be it a painting, statue, or fixture is a matter of personal beliefs, preferences, and traditions. However, you can play it safe by installing an arrangement of different rocks or even weather lumber, a bit of sand or gravel. Rake the sand or gravel to give it a good presentation.

3. Install A Fountain

Running water generates a soothing sound. You can create the same effects by installing a fountain in the yard. The water also generates healing negative ions as it flows. You can enjoy these benefits and incorporate them into your meditation sessions when in the garden.

4. Plan For Comfy Seating

Including a few seats is also essential, but not a necessity. You can opt to leave the grounds open so that you can bring in a throw cushion or an outdoor mat. You can as well opt to bring a portable chair that is comfortable, allow good posture with your back straight and feet rooted on the ground.

5. Build A Path

The inclusion of a walkway in the garden helps enhance the space sparking a sense of exploration. The path can be a trail of bricks, a paved walkway, or one made of gravel and sand.

When meditating in your garden, you should:

• Put aside distractions

Offload any internal and external distractions. If you are in a place that tends to be noisy during the day, then consider starting your meditation sessions at the break of dawn to avoid the background noises.

• Make distractions part of your practice

At times you may find it hard to override the external distractions because they are beyond your influence. The only other alternative is to embrace them in your practice. Make use of the different sounds of people talking, the planes flying, the car horns and the sound of the train to help you stay focused. It is possible to use these interruptions to help you refocus on your contemplations when meditating.

• Ward off the bugs

Insects can be a bother but you can avoid them without having to kill them. For instance, you can avoid foods, drinks, perfume, and bright colors that attract bugs. Also, the use of scented plants such as mint can act as a repellant.

The Thrive Global Community welcomes voices from many spheres. We publish pieces written by outside contributors with a wide range of opinions, which don’t necessarily reflect our own. Learn more or join us as a community member!
Share your comments below. Please read our commenting guidelines before posting. If you have a concern about a comment, report it here.

Sign up for the Thrive Global newsletter

Will be used in accordance with our privacy policy.

Thrive Global
People look for retreats for themselves, in the country, by the coast, or in the hills . . . There is nowhere that a person can find a more peaceful and trouble-free retreat than in his own mind. . . . So constantly give yourself this retreat, and renew yourself.

- MARCUS AURELIUS

We use cookies on our site to give you the best experience possible. By continuing to browse the site, you agree to this use. For more information on how we use cookies, see our Privacy Policy.