Sedona, Arizona (PressExposure) March 12, 2012 -- The author makes a case for the average person with no design experience being able to design their own sacred sanctuary. He does this by defining exactly what makes a garden sacred and goes through a series of design examples that develop what is called the "spiritual criteria". "In order to design something into a garden, you must first understand spiritual principles and more importantly which of those are meaningful to you on a personal level" says Leslie.
Spiritual Garden Design: How To Create a Sacred Sanctuary in Your Own Backyard is a new book released by author John Stuart Leslie, a Landscape Architect from Sedona, Arizona. "Ever since I first saw an advertisement for 'Meditation Gardens' in a holistic magazine 20 years ago, I have been fascinated by the connection between the simplicity of nature and man's yearning to find spiritual meaning and truth".
The inspiration to write this ebook came as a result of moving to Sedona, Arizona, known as a spiritual mecca worldwide and for its mystical vortexes and healing powers.
"I spend a lot of time in the Red Rocks of Sedona, sitting quietly reflecting upon the natural beauty, absorbing the presence of nature until my mind distracts me and wonders what time it is", says Leslie.
In a sea of gardening books, it is a nice welcome to find someone who explores the deeper meaningful side of gardens and that by learning about design, you are learning about yourself. Using the garden as a metaphor for your own consciousness, but then taken a step further, you realize that the garden is you and that you are actually designing a new consciousness for your own being. That concept is hard to encapsulate in the title of a book, but Spiritual Garden Design is a subject well worth exploring and discovering your "inner garden designer".