Meditative Gardening as a Goal Toward Peace
I’ve been working hard in the garden over the past several weeks, now that the weather is nicer and Spring is here.
I have a lot of work to do, and will have to hire a gardener or two to pull weeds and trim bushes and shrubs. But I’m still doing a lot of work landscaping my backyard/meditation garden.
Spring in San Diego is quite moderate and similar to a Mediterranean climate. Right now my area is sunny with cool breezes in the afternoon. During the Summer months it gets really HOT in my backyard because it’s facing South and the micro-climate is such that it’s a dry, hot pocket of heat during Summer.
So, I’m very active in getting the garden back to shape, and trimming and shaping to create a peaceful garden for meditation, lounging and reading.
Roses are a big part of the garden, but I’ve always enjoyed the different shades of greenery. I enjoy shrubs and bushes that are shaped and contrast with one another. It adds to a more subtle texture and aesthetic throughout the garden.
For me, gardening is just as much meditation as is the act of sitting in lotus posture with eyes closed, focused on breathing.
Sweeping meditation is a big part of my routine if I can maintain it regularly, but it’s a vital part of keeping the garden clean.
Making Over the Buddhist Shrine
The hard work that goes into creating and maintaining an outdoor Buddhist Shrine and garden can be quite difficult. Through trial and error I’ve managed to improve on the shrine. And like the basic law of impermanence, nothing remains the same and is always ever-changing. Nothing lasts forever, but we can create something new in return.
Here are a few photos of the garden, as I continue to shape it and make it a beautiful garden for peaceful meditation and reflection.