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you need to know how to unlock your imagination with garden meditation

It’s National Garden Meditation Day

To celebrate National Garden Meditation Day, I recently visited Hanoke Estate and Gardens, an 18 acre Japanese Garden, located in Saratoga, CA.

One of the things we lose as we pass the age of 7 is our creativity and imagination. This happens because we begin to use our Executive Attention Network more. We become focused on memory, problem solving, and reasoning. This is great for academics and our future work lifestyle.

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Unfortunately, activating the Attention portions of your brain, deactivates the Default Network. The default network lies deep in the prefrontal cortex.

The Default Network is when you let your mind wander. You are not hyperfocused. You daydream. You begin to imagine the what if’s.

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The constant bombardment of data and input results in mental fatigue, burn out, and just feeling overwhelmed. When you digitally disconnect you escape the information overload.

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I didn’t stay digitally disconnected. Bart caught me catching pokemon. I tried my best, but I am addicted to my iphone. Thanks Steve! Plus, there were 5 or 6 pokestops at the garden. I could play, hike, collect pokeballs, catch pokemon, and hatch eggs.

Lord knows I tried to disconnect.

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The garden is situated on a hill. You can see me just left of center as I hiked up. A lot of creative people use body movement to overcome mental blocks. Some of my most creative moments happen when I am hiking in nature.

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For others, sitting quietly near the source of running water can be inspiring. We met this lady who was part of an art group. She was near the waterfalls doing watercolors.

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I love the concept of a Zen Garden or as Hanoke called it a Dry Garden. Traditionally, you see sand, a few rocks, a plant, and a rake. You use the rake to change the sand pattern.

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At Hanoke, they used white rock in lieu of sand. It was visually pleasing. There was a small mid-shin high railing and signs staying to stay off the actual dry garden. =*( There was no rake and there was no opportunity to let your creative juices flow. I will admit, I do understand the “LOGIC” of this in a public space.

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I am sure you are asking, “Why do I need to know how to unlock my imagination with Garden Meditation?”

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Research shows that getting digitally disconnected, having strenuous exercise, and being exposed to nature has a ton of benefits! Some of the positive effects on you include: increased positive feelings, people are kinder, happier, calmer, and generally more peaceful.

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When we reconnect with nature, we also begin to reconnect with each other.  This leads to us becoming more trusting, helpful and generous.

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Finally, because we are in a more imaginative state, we become better problem solvers.

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Take the time today to get out in nature. Move. Sit quietly. Listen to your inner voice. Let your creative juices flow. Slow down. Rest. Relax. Most of all, de-stress.

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I hope you enjoyed a glimpse of my attempt to unlock my imagination using garden meditation at Hanoke Estates and Gardens.