Books & Music
Food & Wine
Health & Fitness
Hobbies & Crafts
Home & Garden
News & Politics
Religion & Spirituality
Travel & Culture
TV & Movies
Building an Outdoor Meditation Altar
If you spend much time meditating in your garden, it may be worthwhile to spend the energy to build an outdoor meditation altar.
When I lived on a cleared lot in a pine and oak forest at Yogaville, in central Virginia, I built a couple of secluded altars that blended in to the existing trees.
First, I raked out an area that was open enough to place the altar and sit in front of it, without having to cut down any trees or shrubs.
Then I raked a winding path from my driveway to the altar area. Again, I did not cut out any foliage. The path was just about twenty feet long leading off the driveway, so it was just secluded enough that you wouldn’t see me sitting there unless you were looking for me.
I placed the altar layout so I would be sitting facing east. If you have a clearing prepared you can do this, but that is not the most important aspect. What is best is to have a place to sit that is level.
I could have made a mounded rock formation and placed small plants in the nooks and crannies, but I went to the local garden center to see what statues they were selling that appealed to me.
For the altar in the photo I chose the Buddha and wedged it into a clay pot filled with small stones to weigh it down. I sat the potted statue on a level concrete block and cemented it in place. Then I placed 6 inch diameter rocks to the sides so it appeared it was sitting on a little mountain amongst the stones.
At each end of the altar a sat a flowering chrysanthemum . That completed the altar arrangement.
In front of the altar I laid out two boards to sit on, to keep me dry when meditating at the altar.
I loved being able to walk out of my house down the path to my little woodland altar. Being in nature has always appealed to me; I feel uplifted smelling the natural scents, listening to birds of the season, feeling the weather against my face.
If you have the opportunity and place, I highly recommend building a personal woodland meditation altar exactly as you wish, with or without garden statues.
I invite you to join me in a world-wide cyber meditation every day of the year. Click on this link to read about it.
I invite you to join me in a daily group cyber meditation for personal and planetary peace. Click the article here to read about it.
Meditation Lessons for Teens and Adults
More than 70 offerings, from guided meditation techniques to on-the-go stress relief and relationship meditations interspersed with verse, and a section of special occasion prayers. 114 pages. PDF Ebook | EPUB | Paperback | Mac Users | B&N NOOK eBook
Meditation for All Kids
Sitting, walking, dance and group circle meditations, along with positive affirmations, verses and benefits of meditation for kids of all ages and abilities in a 100 page book with illustrations. PDF Ebook | EPUB | Paperback | Mac Users | B&N NOOK eBook
Sign up below or in the right-hand column for our meditation site newsletter. It only requires your email address and is never given out or sold to anyone. If at any time you wish to stop receiving it, each newsletter contains a link to unsubscribe. Each person must sign up themselves. We can't sign up for you. It is an easy way to keep abreast of new articles on the meditation site. Make meditation part of your daily routine and let the bellaonline meditation articles help you select just what kind of meditation is right for you, whether you are a child, teen, or adult, a beginner, or advanced practitioner.
Article by Susan Helene Kramer
| Related Articles | Editor's Picks Articles | Top Ten Articles | Previous Features | Site Map
Content copyright © 2014 by Susan Helene Kramer. All rights reserved.
This content was written by Susan Helene Kramer. If you wish to use this content in any manner, you need written permission. Contact Susan Helene Kramer for details.
Website copyright © 2014 Minerva WebWorks LLC. All rights reserved.