Mini Terrariums

I made these with my son Dan in lockdown and some of them are still alive and healthy!

To make some terrariums you will need:

  • Glass jars with lids
  • sand and/or gravel (optional)
  • earth
  • moss
  • pebbles, twigs, etc for decoration
  • water spray bottle (or just water)

Put in the sand or gravel first if you them, then the earth, then moss and decorate with pebbles and twigs if you like. Spray or sprinkle some water over the moss and put the lid on the jar. Put the terrariums somewhere you can enjoy them!

To care for the terrarium, occasionally open the jar and add fresh water if needed.

Yoga Sutra Illustration 1.3

Then you will settle into yourself

tada drashtuh svarupe avasthanam
तदा द्रष्टुः स्वरूपेऽवस्थानम्

Yoga Sutras of Patanjali, 1.3

tada = then (at the time of meditation)
drashtuh = the self
svarupe = own form
avasthanam = settling, resting

Intellectually I’m not really sure what this one means, which is why the picture is a bit undefined and abstract! Though deep down I’m sure we all know what it means because it points to truth…

I drew a reflection in a lake because this sutra seems to be describing a state of enlightenment and seeing things as they really are and I’ve often heard this state described as a metaphor of a perfectly clear reflection, with our ‘usual’ state of everyday being more like a rippled water surface. Where our thoughts and emotions are the waves on the water surface and vary with intensity and magnitude. Still, lakes are beautiful whatever the weather ❤️

1min Okutama Stream Meditation

Here is a 1min stream meditation, created near Kori station in Okutama, Japan.

  • Start the video or audio, sit with a straight back, your chin slightly pulled in, relax your shoulders and close your eyes (or lie down if too tired!).
  • Relax and slow down your breathing.
  • Listen to the stream, each time you notice your mind has wandered, gently go back to listening to the river.

Download Audio File

2min Okutama River Meditation

Here is a 2min river meditation, created in Okutama, Japan.

  • Start the video or audio, sit with a straight back, your chin slightly pulled in, relax your shoulders and close your eyes (or lie down if too tired!).
  • Relax and slow down your breathing.
  • Listen to the river, each time you notice your mind has wandered, gently go back to listening to the river.

Download Audio File

1min Okutama Waterfall Meditation

Here is a simple 1min waterfall meditation 🙂

  • Start the video or audio, sit with a straight back, your chin slightly pulled in, relax your shoulders and close your eyes (or lie down if too tired!).
  • Relax and slow down your breathing.
  • Listen to the waterfall, each time you notice your mind has wandered, gently go back to listening to the waterfall.

Download Audio File

5min Tokyo Rain Meditation

Here is a simple 5min rain meditation – why not try it and see if it helps you feel more calm?

  • Start the video or audio, sit with a straight back, your chin slightly pulled in, relax your shoulders and close your eyes (or lie down if too tired!).
  • Relax and slow down your breathing.
  • Listen to the rain, each time you notice your mind has wandered, gently go back to listening to the rain.

Download Audio File