Meditation Garden Ideas For Breast Cancer Healing

There is good evidence that various types of meditation may help improve quality of life for cancer patients. Studies have shown benefits for mood, sleep quality, and the stresses of treatment. Meditation can be recommended as a form of support for cancer patients. With some thoughtful landscaping, those out-of-the-way spots can emerge as meditation gardens for breast cancer healing. Meditation gardens are created to raise consciousness and reduce stress.

A meditation garden should be:

  • Sensory-rich
  • Rich in plants, trees or shrubs that are aromatic
  • Soothing to the ears
  • Appealing to the eyes

Meditation gardens have calming background sounds such as the breeze-driven rustling of ornamental grass, the delicate clatter of bamboo, and water gurgling from a fountain. Muted foliage works along with the scent of blooms or herbs.

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Key elements in gardens for reflection and meditation:

  • Comfortable seating
  • Moving water to masks distractions like the noise of traffic
  • Plants to provide shade, visual interest and oxygen
  • Natural lighting

Many of the elements designed into meditation gardens are borrowed from Zen or temple gardens. Examples include:

  1. Rocks, gravel and sand that can be groomed with a rake to symbolize a look or anything your imagination might suggest.
  2. Natural pieces reinforcing the look of the immediate surroundings.
  3. Treescaping or landscaping with trees, you can create some interesting shapes with the trees you have growing in your yard.
  4. Labyrinths, pathways and gently curved planting beds.

Just as there are many forms of meditation, people have a variety of needs from a meditation garden. Any space where people feel comfortable and safe will be a good place to meditate.

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Dawn Breast CancerAbout Dawn Bradford Lange:  Co-founder of Breast Cancer Yoga. Dawn is making a difference with Breast Cancer Yoga therapeutic products designed to support you emotionally and physically during breast cancer . We want to give you the attention and personal service you need so please email us at info@breastcanceryoga.com if you have questions.

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