creating a sacred space in your garden
“According to mystics, spaces aren’t sacred because of their location but because of all the prayers said on that land,” Chris Prelitz says. He offers these tips for creating sacred space outdoors.
• Find a place that’s quiet and peaceful. “Your best clue is to notice where your cats hang out,” Chris notes.
• Transform an ugly spot. Damaged land offers an opportunity for healing. Spending time in meditation and prayer at a certain place helps sanctify it.
• Remind yourself of your oneness with Creation. Place statues, art, water, candles, crystals, or stones engraved with inspiring words in your garden.
• Make places to rest. Place a chair or bench in a comfortable spot, then sit quietly. Spend time “being” rather than doing. Set your Zen Timepiece for a 20 minute meditation.
Zen Timepiece, tibetan singing bowl timer and clock
• Create ceremonies. Burn incense or sage. Write your prayers and intentions on colorful strips of paper and bury them or tie them to branches. Plant a tree as part of a ceremony. Host a wedding. Start a garden meditation circle with family and friends.
Use our unique “Zen Clock” which functions as a Yoga and Meditation Timer. It features a long-resonating acoustic chime that brings your meditation or yoga session to a gradual close, preserving the environment of stillness while also acting as an effective time signal. Our Yoga Timer & Clock can be programmed to chime at the end of the meditation or yoga session or periodically throughout the session as a kind of sonic yantra. The beauty and functionality of the Zen Clock/Timer makes it a meditation tool that can actually help you “make time” for meditation in your life. Bring yourself back to balance.
adapted from Natural Home Magazine, June/July 2005 by Marsha Scarbrough
stillness in the garden
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