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Wednesday, July 24, 2013

Meditation in Nature

Nature provides us with the opportunity to realign our self with some of the deepest roots of being. During the warmer months of the year I enjoy my mediation in various parts of our countryside property. I hope these photos will inspire you to find a quiet, calming place outside to practice your daily meditation.

Early morning meditation in the middle of the gardens. The rose garden as my focal point with the butterfly garden at my back.

If I get outside early enough meditating by the bird feeder I am often joined by the early morning feeding feathery friends. And the view of the butterfly garden is my focal point.

My favourite area to meditate outdoors is on the bridge. The flow of the water trickling by mixed in with the singing of the birds is beyond peaceful and soothing. My focal point is the array of wild flowers that grow along the banks of the stream.

On days when the weather is too cool or too humid/hot to be outdoors, I am fortunate to still be able to enjoy a bit of nature. In my writing studio I meditate looking out to the courtyard between the house and studio.

Mediation is a wonderful way to start and or complete your day. I find that meditating in the morning gets my day off in a most productive way. Whether you mediate in the morning, evening or both (some people even add a mid day meditation to their day) does not matter - what matters is that you take 10-15 minutes each day to relax and clear your mind.

Some tips for meditating:

~ Choose an area outside or in your home where you will not be disturbed.

~ If you are starting out in the practice of adding mediation to your day start with 5 minutes and work your way to 10, then 15 and if you wish to 30 minutes or longer.

~ Sometimes when starting out it's beneficial to use a guided meditation (the internet is a great resource for locating some brilliant ones - and they are offered in various time lengths).

~ If meditating with just some soft background music; in nature or in complete silence - use a timer set on vibration mode to alert you when your chosen length of time is up. I usually set my Smart phone to 5 minutes before the end of my mediation and then a final vibration alert at 15 or 20 minutes (depending what meditation I'm doing)

~ You can sit on a blanket, pillow or chair. What's important is that you keep your spine in an up right position. If sitting try to keep your feet on the ground.

~ Eyes may be open or closed. If you choose to keep them open, lower them and focus on a spot (or object) in front of you.

~ Your mind will wander ... don't worry this happens. Thoughts will come into your mind, again that is ok - it happens. Don't try to stop them or get frustrate. Simply acknowledge them and then return your awareness to your breathing.

~ Do not try to control your breathing. Relax your belly and let the breathe flow in and out through your nose. 

~ Have a cup of tea or water near by to sip after you finish your meditation

 Is Meditation part of your daily routine?

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  1. What a wonderful way to start your day in such calm and relaxing surroundings. I imagine at the end of the day it encourages a good night's sleep too. Great tips!

  2. Such gorgeous images and places to meditate. I have a gorgeously huge garden and have never thought of meditating outside. I am definitely going to try this :-)

  3. Such a lovely area to meditate in my friend! Just gorgeous.

  4. I also find the garden sacred. I do a lot of soul delving there. Beautiful photos :)

  5. Gardens are conducive to prayer, and I like your bridge meditation spot. I pray every day, especially morning and evening, and your routine of 10-15 minutes sounds good.

  6. Celia thank you for all of these wonderful reminders to sit or walk and enjoy what God has givena us in nature!

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  7. Dearest Celia,
    No, so far I have not yet set time apart for meditating... When our renovations are done and we get back into normal routine this sounds really like balm for the soul. Even more so for today's hectic life style.
    Loved your bridge over the stream; made me feel happy for finding someone else with a wooden bridge!
    Hugs to you dear friend.

  8. What a beautiful spot you have. i sometimes start my day with some meditation on the the porch. i have been thinking of doing it more often though.

  9. Love the tranquility with which you surround yourself. I have tried meditating in the past, but don't stick with it. I know it can be good for my soul. I really need to make time for it. Enjoy.

  10. Thanks for these tips. We could all use some quiet time in nature!

  11. Inspiring post. Thanks for the tips on meditation.I haven't tried it yet but will try it now:)Beautiful garden area.

  12. what a great post! gardens are so calm and a great place to meditate!
    it feels like forever since I had time to sit and enjoy everyone's posts...I am so glad I could drop by today and see your addition to my little party! Thank you so much for linking into my little party this week...I appreciate and enjoy every post!
    I hope you will link in again and again!
    I am also sharing your post to the Tootsie Time Facebook page!
    Have a great week!

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  13. love this post. I meditate in my garden all the time. I also do yoga!
    That is when the mosquito's arn't so bad they are turning me into a buffet!
    Gardens are so therapeutic in so many ways. love the many views you shared.

  14. You have the best place for meditation, i also love the water sound. And you don't need to visualize a lovely garden because you are literally in the middle of it, you are so privileged. I was a meditator before but stopped for some reasons of mainly laziness. I love to do it in a group, so without it i somehow laid low and then stop. I hope to regain that habit, but my previous deed already produced results i am realizing now. Am glad i saw your site, i will list it to follow. thanks.


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