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How should I practise Zen in a garden? What is the role of nature in Zen practice?

Since we are living in society we are surrounded by an artificial environment. In former days nature used to be our natural environment ! From birth we have the ability to feel oneness with nature, yet since humans have created artificial things, it is only natural to feel uncomfortable and ask such a question. If all we see is artificial, we easily get used to it. It is the same when we get used to so many thoughts coming up. If I explain it this far, you understand, right? Sitting in nature is a HUGE energy. The problem though remains with ourselves. We perceive all through out thoughts, that is how we live our daily lives, thus it is so difficult to receive nature in the pure form it comes in.

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