Most people who live in L.A. will quickly tell you that we are here for one reason: to be outdoors all year. “72 and sunny” says a lot about our city, as well as it’s inhabitants healthy outlook. We already know that nature’s healing powers are undeniable; and according to the journal Environmental Science & Technology, as little as five minutes per day in nature will benefit your mental health.
Whether it’s walking at sunset on a sandy beach, listening to birds from your porch, hiking up a mountain ridge or hearing the wind blow through the trees during a rainstorm, being outdoors and connected with the world’s beauty can make you feel energized, alive and at one with our higher power.
Meditating outdoors offers not just a different type of meditation, but often times a more profound one. Do your body, mind and soul some good and incorporate these local L.A. meditation zones into your next centering.
Peace Awareness Labyrinth & Gardens is a day retreat where people can relax in nature without leaving the city of Los Angeles. Come and walk the hand-carved stone outdoor labyrinth, find peace and quiet in the meditation garden, or chant the names of Gods and Goddesses in the Sacred Tones Workshop.
Tucked into the beautiful Pacific Palisades,the environment here is a bit of heaven on earth that can help guide your mind into a state of tranquility. Join the abundance of swans, fish, turtles, and butterflies here — an array of life to pop you out of your busy mind and into the Now. In addition to the beauty of the retreat, visitors can discover group meditations, lecture services, personal counsel and more.
Tuna Canyon Park preserves 1,255 beautiful acres in the mountains between Topanga and Malibu. Despite being relatively unknown and under-visited, the park delivers some of the grandest ocean views to be found anywhere in the Santa Monica Mountains.
Located in the Santa Monica Mountains in Malibu, Solstice Canyon brings the Now Effect into daily living. The Santa Monica Mountains Conservatory opened Solstice Canyon as a public park in the 1980s; the space is filled with winding trails, grand alder and sycamore trees, and quiet beauty. Step away from Los Angeles’ hustle and allow yourself to become aware of nature’s beauty all around – you can’t help but get in touch with your inner wisdom.
The temple is open daily to the public. Temple activities include a daily worship, meditation and vespers services, special puja celebrations, Sunday lectures, classes, Ramnams, retreats, seminars, and workshops. In Hollywood, the Vedanta Society has a monastery and a convent.
When we’re outside, we have a clearer, more focused mindset. There is more to see and we get a chance to turn off the world and turn on our spiritual intuition.
Where is your favorite L.A. meditation zone?
Look for our feature tomorrow on our favorite indoor meditation places in Los Angeles!
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