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Spring Garden Meditation
With plants awakening from their slumbers and sunlight lengthening the time of outdoor living, it is an incentive to reawaken a dormant meditation practice.
As the days warm it becomes a comfortable option to sit outdoors and contemplate and meditate.
If you have a back garden that would be perfect for meditation. Pick a time of day when you have that space all to yourself. Perhaps, taking time just before you begin preparing dinner. The calmness and stillness of a garden is a place to calm down after a hectic workday. If you have children let them know you need to be by yourself for five to fifteen minutes, and that you'll see them when you come back in.
For meditation in the garden it is handy to have a wooden bench where you can sit with the soles of your feet firmly planted on the ground and your back held erect. A lounge chair might be too comfortable, sending you to dreamland instead of meditation.
Try to position your bench so you will be shielded from the neighbors' eyes, if possible. The next consideration is whether you want to sit in the sun or shade. A broad-rim hat is useful if you can't avoid sitting in bright sunlight.
Take a shawl or sweater outside to sit on or wear of you begin to cool down from sitting still. Drink water before you begin meditation, but do not eat right beforehand, or your body will be putting energy into digestion instead of taking a time out.
Begin your outdoor meditation with a deep cleansing breath and then close your eyes and begin even regular breathing. For example, take one count to inhale, and one count to exhale. Keep up this rhythmic pattern without actually saying the numbers. Breath calms the body, mind, and emotions, bringing them into harmony. This is useful after a hectic workday.
Stay with your even breathing and pay attention to each breath. This gives you a break from thinking about any problems that may have just been on your mind.
During this period note any answers that come to mind and after you go back indoors record them in your meditation journal.
To finish your meditation take a deep inhalation and slowly exhale. Open your eyes, stand up and stretch and think with appreciation for having a place outdoors to meditate.
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Article by Susan Helene Kramer
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