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Merriam-Webster defines meditation as the act or process of spending time in quiet thought or the act or process of meditating, but in the modern stress filled life that all of us seem to be in, meditation means just a few minutes to ourselves. Meditation has been found to aid in the treatment of depression, reduces blood pressure, and can help clear the mind for the next task at hand so it is important to have a special place that can be dedicated or at least multi-purposed for meditation.
Any outdoor space can be converted into a meditation garden. Backyard, patios, and even an apartment balcony can become a meditation garden with a few basic elements. Meditation garden elements are made up of the four earth elements of water, wind, fire, and earth. Water elements consist of a small fountain, bowl of water, or even a stream. Wind elements are not as simple as placing an item in the environment. Plant material that blows in the wind such as native grasses is one possible component along with wind chimes and windsocks. The fire element while literally can be a decorative outdoor fireplace or fire pit but can also be interpreted as candlelight. But for safety, if candles are used, only light when present and place them in enclosed glass containers such as mason jars or LED lights. The earth element is the most flexible of all the elements. It consists of anything made from earth bound material. This includes plant material dead and/or alive, stone, or wood just to name a few.