Reading for the spirit 

Reading for the spirit 

Researchers have noted for years that people need a connection to nature to be healthy. Understanding how older adults make this connection is part of the unique Second Summer™ approach to customizing your landscape. Using all of your senses - sight, smell, touch, hearing, and taste - to enjoy nature can revive and strengthen the brain's pathways. Your yard can include colors, shapes, sounds and fragrances unique to your life. Encourage experiences that bring back memories and that create new ones. It can be a comfortable place that's personalized to your ability to stay healthy and reduce stress. 

As you age, you may want to spend more time in contemplation. Reflection or meditation spaces of any kind fit well into a garden's uses, with seating or kneeling spots, perhaps even a statue or significant sculpture as a reminder of sacred texts or scriptures. Creating a spiritual symbol, a small labyrinth or a series of niches can be ways to recognize how the changes of the seasons support the spiritual. In later life, you may be more limited in your ability to participate in group spiritual practice such as church attendance.  A place of spirit in the garden can be a solace, even a special place to meet with your priest, minister or religious adviser. A personally meaningful garden area for prayer and celebration can have enormous impact on this important aspect of living long. 

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