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How To Design Your Own Meditaton Garden

Updated on December 5, 2009
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feng shui basics

your own space: part one

We all need a space, somewhere we can step out our daily routine and be still. The world we have built is a noisy, crowded place. The sense of urgency and the need for speed can infect us even if we live in a small community.

To handle the pressures that surround us, the messages that almost drown us, we have to have an escape; a healthy escape where we can renew.

Gardening itself can be a meditative activity but there are times when something more is required. If you have a garden or a space whee you can create a garden you are indeed fortunate.

The size of this space does not need to be great, a meditation garden may be only a few square feet. This is a situation where size does not matter but what you place in the area and how you approach the space.

There are a number of different ways you can begin; feng shui is one. The basics of feng shui, are simple enough to achieve, for example, whn you are selecting and creating your space consider the quality of air, quality of light, a clutter free space and good flow of energy.


You do not need any advance courses of study to create your own meditaion garden wll you need is the desire to do so. Once you have that the first step is to decide what elements, such as plants, colours, sounds, will help.

I believe in keeping thins simple, the main purpose of my meditaion garden is to allw me to step aside and have some time when my mind is not filled with the what if, what's next and the why's that demand my attention.

The garden is set at the base of a large old maple tree, I planted chives which have a mild odour, can be used in cooking and produce a pretty purple flower.There is a small goddess figure there and that is all. This small agrdn sits on teh side of the tree that is oppsoite the house so when I sit there the huse is not visible if I am close enough to the tree.

There are two bird feeders about five feet away and when I sit there quiet enough bird come to feed. A bird bath is nearby.

This is all i need.

What do you need? A rock, some gravel or sand and a pot of water can be very restful if placed in a space where you can sit undisturbed and simplyy watch. You are not looking for anything specific just looking.

When it comes to colours I find both yellow and lue to be comforting so if I was going to add some colour to mya garden I would select plants that have yellow or blue flowers. I like the two colours together so would most likely use both.


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  • Bob Ewing profile image

    Bob Ewing 8 years ago from New Brunswick

    That would be a real gardening challenge. thanks for dropping by

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    The Good Cook 8 years ago

    A meditation garden sounds divine. I have an area that would be perfect if it weren't for the fact that it backs onto some other very overgrown (the "cottage" look at its worst) gardens and is swarming with mosquitoes, bees, birds and sandflies. Sad really.

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    Bob Ewing 8 years ago from New Brunswick

    I have always wanted a porch swing but have not yet had a porch big enough. thanks for dropping by.

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    marisuewrites 8 years ago from USA

    I love a porch swing, and years ago, it was part of my daily unwind. I will have one again when we complete our move back to Oklahoma!! =))

  • Bob Ewing profile image

    Bob Ewing 8 years ago from New Brunswick

    A place of our own is a good idea, thanks for dropping by.

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    Rebecca Graf 8 years ago from Wisconsin

    This is great. I need a place SO bad! With spring coming I might be making a place just for me this year.

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    Bob Ewing 8 years ago from New Brunswick

    You are welcome, thank you for dropping by.

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    Bob Ewing 8 years ago from New Brunswick

    You do not green to create a meditaion garden but if you do want it cacti can be very helpful. Rocks, water, sand a cacti can be very peaceful. thank you all for stopping by.

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    Katherine Baldwin 8 years ago from South Carolina

    Hi Bob

    Meditation is indeed good for you, although, it's hard sometimes to find the time for it. Using herbs for your garden is a great idea. Plan an extra 20 minutes or so to your herb gathering for dinner and there you go - free meditation time!


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    Barbara 8 years ago from Stepping past clutter

    Hey Bob, I did address canvassing for the Census this past month and loved the homes that had meditation gardens. This is timely for me, though in Colorado it's a bit challenging with our water issues to create lots of green. Still, there is much that can be accomplished and I am determined to get going. I especially loved the homes with entry ways that shut out sound from the greater outdoors. It was like entering a sanctuary. And one had a meditation corner in this sanctuary complete with Buddha and mini-garden. What a gift that was. Thanks for the hub!

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    C.Ferreira 8 years ago from Rutland, VT

    Great Hub! We definitely all need to take a step back from this crazy, busy world. This is absolutely a great idea to relax and get in tune with yourself and your natural surroundings.