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Summer Herb and Meditation Garden
Begin by choosing your location. I have a couple I like. First of all, my back garden because of the privacy it affords. But, I also like my recently replanted front garden making space for sitting in meditation.
What I did is clear out the ivy from underneath the central Magnolia Susan tree, and trimmed off the lower branches so about 4 feet high is clear. Then I laid a brick pathway around the circumference, keeping them about an inch above ground level.
I have about six feet of garden area across the circle. I filled this in with 25 liters of potting soil, and planted a mixture of herbs and small blooming azalea perennial bushes. I'm on the 52nd latitude and put in two kinds of mint, rosemary, basil, oregano, chives, parsley, and cilantro. The azaleas, mint, oregano, and chives are perennials, so will come up each year without replanting. The azaleas and rosemary stay green all year. Just a side note: I noticed that my neighbor adapted my plan, and put in a front garden of mixed flowers and herbs.
Then I placed two wooden folding chairs outside the circle facing out to the street with my back to the house. Sitting there I have a photinia tree and lilac bush between me and the street so I am sheltered from those on the sidewalk.
Along the outside perimeter of the herb plantings I nestled in a garden buddha statue that I backed into a small-leaved evergreen shrub, making an alcove for the buddha and facing it toward the chairs. This way it is not visible from the front street.
My point was to have a pleasant place to sit and meditate without it being a noticeable activity. I tell you, the smells wafting from the herbs make this an ideal location for me at midday, with the sun shining down over my shoulder. I protect my face by wearing a broad-rimmed sunhat.
If there is a heaven I surely hope that it is full of delicious smells such as a blooming garden and herbs emit. Even as I begin to meditate, my mood is lifted by the scene and warm smells of summer.
I invite you to join me in a daily world peace cyber group meditation. Click the article here to read about it.
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Article by Susan Helene Kramer
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