HOW TO ADD ZEN TO YOUR BACKYARD

How to add Zen to your backyard without spending a cent!

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How to add zen to your back yard without spending a cent

If you’ve got a big backyard (or perhaps even a small one) that is a yawning blank canvas waiting for some attention, then you have come to the right place for inspiration.

Where to start?

When there is a huge space to fill it can be hard to know where to start.  When you do start, one of the first things you’ll start to see are the dollar signs left right and centre. 

If you are renting you are probably to scared to even start for fear of investing money only to have to move again soon, or doing something that will get you kicked out after the next inspection.

Well my lovelies, I found this neat idea to not only fill in the yearning blank space in your yard, but also add some zen to your life at the same time!

(PS I didn’t spend a cent!)

Enter the Labyrinth

No I’m not talking about the David Bowie movie, I swear I still have nightmares from watching that movie as a kid.

I’m talking about a circular-ish patterned path that leads in towards a centre.  Not a maze as such since there is only one way in and one way out.  There is no puzzle to solve and no wrong path to choose.

ADDED BONUS: A labyrinth is a single path or unicursal tool for personal, psychological and spiritual transformation. Labyrinths are thought to enhance right brain activity.- via labyrinthsociety.org

There you have it,

Adding Zen to Your Life

Now when I started researching this project, I didn’t realise I was going to get so many benefits out of it….I thought I’d be getting a cheap way to landscape my back yard.

Instead, what I got was:

>>> Grounded : I love walking the labyrinth barefoot, not only do I get connected to the earth, but it stimulates the sensations in my feet.

Getting Grounded

>>> A Breath of Fresh Air : Having a novelty in the yard gets me outside more often when I’m at home.  And once I’ve stepped outside I am reminded to take a deep breath and slow down from my usual daily busyness.

>>> Meditation : I always think of meditation as sitting lotus position and trying to still the mind.  What I’ve found is that walking the labyrinth has become a walking meditation.  I don’t need to think about where I’m going or where I’ve been, just placing one foot in front of the other and letting the rest of my mind wanderings float away.

>>> Inner Guidance : Once all the mind chatter dies down, I’m often provided with a flash of insight to a problem I’ve been stuck on or a new way of looking at a scenario that I’m a part of.

“Step by step, we make our way.” ―Labyrinth

How to Create Your Own Labyrinth

A little planning never goes astray, and once you have the plan and a mower you are pretty much done with this DIY

1. Find a labyrinth pattern that will work in your space. 

2. Decide how you are going to mark out your labyrinth.

>>> We mowed ours so that the grass will grow out within a couple of weeks for when we need to move out.  I recommend either a lot of rope, or a can of spray paint to mark your path.
>>> Otherwise gather up a load of large pebble stones and leave a Hansel and Gretel path behind you as you walk.  Starting with a seed pattern or spiral pattern will make this easier.

3. Get marking, make sure the path is wide enough to fit your mower and yourself.

4. Start up your mower (if you are using one) and set it to a low setting…just not so low that it kills the grass.  It is better to let the grass grow for a couple of weeks while you are deciding on your labyrinth pattern so that you don’t need to take drastic measures on the lawn length.

5. Now you get to enjoy your labyrinth.  Take a deep breath and off you go.

6. Don’t forget to share your labyrinth with us in the comments below.

If you can’t make your own labyrinth, see if you can find one in your local area.  We just walked a beautiful big labyrinth at The Crystal Castle in Byron Bay.

Walking the Labyrinth at Crystal Castle

Add this to your own Outdoor Inspiration.

Stay tuned for a little more Gypsy Whim in your life.

Stay Zany Lovelies XX