National Garden Meditation Day, annually on May 3rd, encourages everyone to take time for one’s self and relax.
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Working in the garden, tending to the plants and flowers, or resting quietly on a bench on a beautiful day in the garden are forms of meditation. Both can be restorative to the soul and a refreshing way to be out in nature.
Meditation and gardening offer many benefits. When you couple it with the outdoor peace of a garden, you also get to enjoy the benefits nature has to offer.
- Fresh air – Immediately we benefit from being in the fresh air.
- Audio therapy – Natural sounds of the birds, a water fountain, or a breeze through the trees offer a reprisal from the everyday chaos of the television, radio, and other appliances indoors.
- Eases pain – The physical activity of gardening helps to loosen joints and stretch muscles. However, meditation alone also helps to reduce pain.
- Vitamin D – A natural dose (though limited) dose of the sun’s bounty keeps us healthy and strong. Do wear sunblock or protective wear to reduce your risk of overexposure.
- Improve sleep – Rest better by communing with nature. Whether you spend time pulling weeds or focusing your thoughts among the flowers, sleep will come more easily.
- Ease anxiety – Worries begin to evaporate as our muscles relax, and we take deeper slower breaths. The exercise of gardening also allows us to forget about our worldly concerns for a while.
HOW TO OBSERVE #GardenMeditationDay
Whether you visit a park, a botanical garden, or sit quietly on the balcony looking out over the trees, Spend some time in the garden.
Use #GardenMeditationDay to post on social media.
NATIONAL GARDEN MEDITATION DAY HISTORY
National Garden Meditation Day is part of the Gifts from the Garden Every Day in May.