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Practical Wisdom: Creating Sacred Space Outdoors

Pracitcal Wisdom with Rev. Dr. Ahriana Platten

Every year, around this time, my sweetheart starts digging around in our yard, and wow, does he make magic happen! He’s built a little pond that’s got its own mini waterfall, planted so many flowers I’ve lost count, created a watering system for our veggie garden, and added all sorts of colors and shapes to our little patch of earth. It's such a gift to find paradise right outside our door.


And it’s not just pretty to look at; it’s therapeutic!


It’s where we go to take a deep breath, shake off our worries, leave work behind, and really enjoy being alive. Our family and friends gather in this space, and we all enjoy an escape from the hustle and bustle.


My objective today is to inspire you to make your little corner of the world a little more soul-soothing as we move into the season of sunlight and growth.


Here are a few ways to create your own “sacred space” outdoors:


Water Works


Adding something like a small fountain or a pond isn’t just for looks; the sound of water moving is so relaxing. It’s nature’s way of telling you to be present and enjoy the moment. Maybe you’d like to add a pond with some water plants or even a few fish!


Plants


Speaking of plants, consider adding a few: flowers that pop, herbs that smell amazing, and trees that give you shade. Each one makes your garden more special. My favorites are the annuals. As they grow and blossom, the familiarity of their appearance each year makes me feel like I’m welcoming an old friend.


A Place for Yourself


Find a spot for a swing, a comfy chair, or a hammock (my favorite) that can be pulled into the sunlight or tucked under a shady tree. You’ll want a go-to spot for daydreaming or getting lost in a good book. Sometimes I just lay in the hammock and watch the clouds float by. It reminds me of my childhood habit of looking for shapes in the clouds.


Nature’s Décor


Stones, wood, and paths made with natural materials can make you feel even more connected to the outdoors. The more natural things feel, the easier it is to relax in your new sacred space.


Wildlife Welcome Mat


Bring in the birds and the bees with bird feeders, a bird bath, special foods, and colorful displays. Watching these little guys do their thing adds a whole new field of enjoyment to your garden.


Chimes


I love the sound of harmonized chimes as they catch the wind. I often imagine the breeze is singing to me. Find a beautiful sound you can enjoy in your sacred space.


Seasonal Swaps


Depending on the weather and the environment, you can change things up as the seasons change. Add some pumpkins in the fall or string up some lights for cozy evenings. It keeps your sacred space available for a longer period of the year.


Making your garden a fun and peaceful retreat is all about letting it mirror what you love about nature and life. It’s your daily invitation to enjoy the simple, beautiful things that make life a bit brighter.

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