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Texas Health Southwest Adds Meditation Garden|
FORT WORTH, Texas — During times of crisis, a quiet, natural space can provide a much-needed sanctuary for reflection and prayer. Scenes of nature can even promote stress relief, according to the June 2008 Journal of Environmental Psychology.
To give patients, visitors and staff a calming retreat, Texas Health Harris Methodist Hospital Southwest Fort Worth constructed a meditation garden in its main courtyard. The 8,250-square-foot project, funded solely by donations, includes a labyrinth designed with engraved brick pavers, memorial plaques, Indian art, bubbling water fountains, benches and lighted paths.
“Being a provider of comprehensive care means treating an individual’s body, mind and spirit,” said Brett McClung, the hospital’s president. “Providing a peaceful space for our guests helps us helps us fulfill this mission.”
The main focal point of the garden, a labyrinth, forms a one-path design that symbolizes a meditative journey into the center of a person’s thoughts and back out again, said Tim Madison, the hospital’s chaplain. The design compels the traveler to retrace his or her steps during the journey back out.
“The labyrinth represents a journey toward self-discovery,” Madison said. “Often times, our patients or their families are struggling to deal with things that don’t make sense or seem fair. We hope this will be a place where people can find peace during a stressful time.”
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