Peaceful Surroundings - Peaceful MInd



     No doubt when your environment exudes peace, so do you. The easiest place to begin is the outdoors.  The outside sets the tone for the rest of your environment which in turn impacts how you feel. There are several easy things you can do to surround yourself with peace, beauty and harmony. Here are just a few suggestions:

  •  Do some gardening. This is a wonderful way to move the body and soothe the mind. Vary the task according to your state of mind - heavy digging when you feel like a work-out; gentle weeding when your more spiritually inclined. Enjoy the process and the beauties while you work.
  •  Weed your garden. This might seem like a daunting task; however, you can turn your weeding into a checklist of inner resolutions, pulling out unwanted thought patterns and emotional imprints that can hold you back. Think of every weed you uproot you are eliminating bad habits.
  •  Plant some seeds. New growth represents new beginnings. Everyday you start anew just as the seedling purges through the soil and transforms into a beautiful plant. Being able to see something of your own making (or at least facilitating) grow to maturity is one of the privileges of being human. Nourishing new growth you learn to still the distractions of the ego.
  •  Make a Zen garden. There are tons on books on how to create a Zen garden. In a little sandpit you can artfully place rocks. Rake the sand around the rocks. Meditate on the beautiful pattern you have created. As an alternative to sand you can use gravel as it is lower maintenance.
  •  Plant a tree. This is great for your mental health to take actions that require patience before results are seen - even stretching beyond your own lifetime. 
  •  Feed the birds. You can feed birds, squirrels or any other wildlife especially during the winter when food source is scarce. It is always good karma to feed animals. Besides, you can also enjoy watching the birds and other animals eat the food.
  • Install a water feature. A small pond in your garden is fabulous. You can cultivate waterlilies on the surface of the water to symbolize abundance. Place interesting rocks around the edges to create a sense of harmony between the pond and the surrounding environment. 
     A nourishing environment has a way of calming the body and the mind. Engage in different ways to beautify your surroundings and notice the physical changes that occur. Then, notice how these external changes impact you!  

Om!
Mary Jane Kasliner - Feng Shui Yoga Girl - www.fengshuiyoganj.com

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