Cre­ate an out­door re­treat

Give your gar­den a sense of seren­ity and trans­form it into a place for deep re­flec­tion, med­i­ta­tion and sim­ple liv­ing

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our out­door space can help you to live more mind­fully in two ways. Firstly, it can pro­vide a place where you can re­lax and fo­cus your mind. Treat your­self to a com­fort­able gar­den chair or lounger or, if space is lim­ited, a large floor cush­ion will work just as well. Take a lit­tle bit of time ev­ery day (we’ll let you off if it’s rain­ing!) to sit out­side qui­etly, sim­ply lis­ten­ing to the sounds around you, or fo­cus­ing your at­ten­tion on one spe­cific plant, flower, bird or in­sect.

Se­condly, your gar­den can also pro­vide an op­por­tu­nity for you to live more sim­ply, en­joy­ing re­ward­ing tasks and con­nect­ing with the nat­u­ral world. Start to view your gar­den as a place where you can en­joy a deeper re­la­tion­ship with na­ture. From

Ygrow­ing your own fruit and veg to keep­ing chick­ens for fresh eggs, noth­ing beats the flavour of freshly grown home pro­duce and you don’t need acres of space to get started. You can grow straw­ber­ries in a bas­ket, or pota­toes in a deep pa­tio pot – even if you just have some pot­ted herbs on a win­dowsill or bal­cony, you’ll get a sense of sat­is­fac­tion from har­vest­ing your food.

Sit in si­lence

Mind­ful­ness is all about fo­cus­ing on the mo­ment. You don’t nec­es­sar­ily have to try and clear your mind – just con­cen­trate en­tirely on the pre­sent. If it helps to fo­cus your at­ten­tion, you could con­sider plac­ing an in­spir­ing ob­ject in your out­door space, such as a beau­ti­ful pot­ted plant, a statue or sculp­ture, or a wa­ter fea­ture.

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