Welcome to the month of May flowers. Today, May 3, is Garden Meditation Day, a day that encourages everyone to take time for themselves and relax in nature.
So, if there's ever a day to take a break and go outside-you got it, it's today!
By the way, meditation doesn’t always have to take place cross-legged on the floor. Working in the garden, tending to the plants and flowers, or resting quietly on a bench all count as meditation because they are restorative to the soul and a refreshing way to embrace nature, stay healthy, and gain a fresh perspective.
Here's how to do Meditation Outdoors:
Let your eyes be soft as you take in colors, shapes, textures, light, and shadows. This is very restful for your eyes, your mind, and your spirit.
Open your inner ears, allowing the sounds around you to filter in and out, without attaching a story to the sound. Meaning, if you hear a bird singing, let that sound come in one ear and out the other without figuring out which bird is singing. Or, if you live in the city like I do, when a truck barrels its way down the street, let go of placing annoyance on that particular sound, or labeling it as a negative, interfering sound.
Allow the sounds entering your ears to filter through from one ear and out the other.
Breathe easily and naturally- in and out of your nose.
Notice how relaxing with nature affects your mind, your emotions, your breathing, and your body.
I hope you can enjoy some of your day spending time relaxing in a garden. I'll be soaking up some nature, the sounds of birds, and fresh air today with a visit to my local Botanic Garden.
What about you? Which garden will you relax and meditate in today?
Leave me a comment. I love hearing from you.