How to Create Soulful Outdoor and Garden Spaces

If you could associate springtime with a room you wouldn’t find inside the home, as it would be outside in the garden. Our yards are where many of us enjoy spending time in the warmer months. Whether you are an experienced gardener or a weekend patio grower the time is fast approaching to incorporate new ideas to your garden. Local yard and garden centers are filled with new and unusual choices awaiting your imagination. You can find art for the garden in a variety of yard decorations. Statues along with many other items like birdbaths, chimes, bells, candles, whirligigs, flags, water gardens, and much, more. In part these items are influenced by the new design trend of moving the inside out and the outside in. One of the most prevalent influences that impact the soul of the design of the garden is Feng Shui.

According to Feng Shui, and many other metaphysical and soulful traditions, the internal and external is a mirror of one another Physical external spaces reflect our states of mind and contribute in a positive or negative way Cluttered yards filled with no-longer-needed or loved items, often reflect cluttered thoughts.

Soul Feng Shui, the type of Feng Shui that I work with, is concerned with how to create spaces that align a positive flow of energy for the benefit of health, vitality and success of those using the space Gardens are especially important for our well- being as they provide spaces that help us to move us toward an inward experience With time stopped, or at least greatly slowed down, we can contemplate and reflect.

To begin to incorporate a soulful approach to your outdoor spaces consider the following ideas: Have all paths follow the lines of a gentle curve This encourages us to slow down Another idea is to choose specific type of garden areas that reflects specific moods A shade garden represents the hidden aspects A moon garden whose flowers only bloom at night conveys the wild mysterious parts of us. A rock garden is a wonderful contrast in color, texture and feeling next to the multicolored flower garden Encourage yourself, and others, to spend more time in the garden by placing a hammock, benches or chairs. A solo chair, called a spirit chair, is placed in a very intuitive place as reminder to invite visitors of a celestial nature.

You can heighten your senses by adding sights and sounds Planting bamboo or other ornamental grasses, as well as adding chimes, whirligigs or anything that moves will make sounds Let other critters call your garden home Other life forms like butterflies, dragonflies, fish or birds, bring good luck and provide the missing link in the connection of the human, plant and animal worlds Whatever the size and type of garden you have, bringing a soulful feeling to it can infuse new life into those spaces and provide a deeper richer experience

Entering the garden is like passing through a mystical gate.

Thomas Moore

Home for the Soul

The Garden is a space, in which time slows down; A place where one naturally moves inward into contemplation and reflection moving yet deeper into gratitude and communion with things greater than oneself.

Soul ideas in creating a Garden

  • Curved lines – energy likes to follow a subtle gentle, measuring path Yin in nature Relaxing, yielding, reflective, mystical, serene, tranquil, the garden takes this balance.
  • Sound – Chimes, birds, grasses are some ways to bring in auditory stimulation. Sound awakens the space.
  • Statues – these items imbue the space with their meaning providing added meaning to those who visit.
  • Water – Birdbaths, ponds, waterfalls, water gardens, pools, rivers, oceans is the element that brings the soul quality into the space.
  • Natural – Gardens are the microcosm of the macrocosm the universe. Use color sparely.
  • Vitality – Catch the wind, in windsocks, flags, whirligigs and trees or tall bushes. Balance sunken areas with light or an outcropping of trees, plants or rocks.
  • Bridges – Represent the movement of the passage of time, past, presents to the future.
  • Privacy – Screens or hedges separate social and private areas.
  • Words – These vibrate and alight the mind symbols to the space.
  • Stones – Anchor the energy and provides stability One stone in particular acts as a controller of energy and is never moved.
  • Entrance is the birth canal, the invitation of the garden.
  • Lighting – Candles, pathway lighting – help lift moods or physical depressions
  • Different moods – Places that allow particular emotions choose the dominant feelings you wish to convey.
  • Gates – These distinguish one level to another, provide a deeper commitment into the garden
  • Benches/chairs are the greeters for both visible and invisible visitors A spirit chair is an invitation for the invisible forces, departed or separated loved ones even angels to come into the space
  • Plants have their meaning in culture as well as individual. If you talk to your plants you will find they carry wisdom and they are willing to share it with you.