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National Garden Meditation Day, annually on May 3rd, encourages everyone to take time for one’s self and relax.
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.