While visiting a friend’s home a few days ago, she showed me her back yard and I was taken aback.
While she might not have fully realized, she created an outdoor space that appealed to all of her senses which, in turn, increased her sense of well-being.
She created an outdoor space where nature ruled, allowing both humans and nature to relate and work together harmoniously.
We can’t live very well without creating a positive relationship with nature. Studies show that being surrounded by and integrating with nature can:
  • Reduce stress
  • Lower blood pressure
  • Increase well-being
  • Enhance problem-solving skills
  • Reduce fear and anger
It’s good, maybe imperative, to create outdoor spaces that speak to our soul. That allow us to be in harmony with our surroundings and with ourselves.
Your special “secret garden” needn’t be large or elaborate. Just a secluded nook that is peaceful and harmonious. A quiet space to quiet the mind.
Take a look at these photos. You’ll feel calmer just by looking at them. You’ll smell the trees and flowers; feel the grass beneath bare feet while enjoying a beverage; feel the warm air caressing your skin; hear a soft breeze ruffle the tree leaves; daydream and let fears drift away. You’ll enjoy just being.
Like my friend, your “secret garden” will engage all of your senses and feel glad to just be alive.
Until next time…
Blessings from my home to yours,
Nancy
Dedicated to helping you live your rooms—not the other away around
Photos via HOUZZ

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