A Meditation Garden For Your Lifestyle | gardening

A meditation garden, sometimes called a contemplation garden, is a fairly new concept. Of course gardens and meditation has been around for centuries, but the combination of the two as a specific serene spot you can create yourself is more of a modern concept.This type of garden shouldn’t be confused with a Zen garden that you would find at a temple. Many of the temple gardens in Kyoto for example are meant to be observed from a particular angle. There are also strolling gardens that allow you get a little closer to nature, however these are different concepts than creating your own space at home. A dry rock garden for example is minimalist by design and it encourages the observer to use their imagination when it comes to a portrayed landscape of mountains, rivers, and temples.This is definitely one route to go when designing your own meditation garden, as long as your incorporate a comfortable sitting space as well. Two great feature of a dry rock garden are:1) They are low maintenance. The lack of many flowers etc. allows you to spend less time with upkeep.
2) In an area like Buffalo and Grand Island, where we have pretty severe winters, the garden still maintains a unique form even when covered in snow. Using various size large rocks creates a wonderful effect in winter.The initial start-up costs for the dry rock garden may be higher due to the prices of small boulders, but yearly maintenance and upkeep fees are minimal at best.Others may wish to go a different route and create something that directly touches all of the senses. A good Japanese garden is one that has incorporated something for all four seasons into it. That way the garden is always alive and seen from a different perspective. You want to create a meditation garden that you are comfortable and intrigued in all throughout the seasons.Western gardens also tend to use a lot of plants and flowers so this may look more natural given your housing situation. The Japanese garden is often restricted by boundaries that create a feeling of it being a sacred space. The idea of a sacred space is what we are aiming for when thinking of a meditational garden. Even in a larger more open yard, for example, you can start with something in a corner and think of it as a separate but connected room. When you enter this room you want to be surrounded by things that lend themselves to calmness and serenity.A Sanctuary for the SensesFlowers create a scent memory that can draw you back to the garden from time to time. A bench or area on the grass supplies the sense of touch and gives you the comfort and stability to meditate in the garden. Visually you want something intriguing or mysterious, but not too distracting. Remember, CLARITY is the goal of a meditation garden, not a color smorgasbord to impress the neighbors walking by. A water feature is also a great relaxing stimulus for the ears. Watching a small stream of water can have a great calming effect, but because we have so many memories and images of flowing water, the mere sound of it trickling can also be a refreshing stimulus. The more you can stimulate all of the senses the more connected to nature you are likely to feel.The Sanctuary Gate You want to create a place that you can call your sanctuary. A place you are comfortable and protected in. For me, shaded spots seem to have a more enclosed feeling, and can also be a nice retreat from the direct summer sun.A path or entranceway is also something to consider as a starting point of the meditation garden. The Japanese Roji, or pathways up to the teahouses, are great examples of a space dedicated to calming and preparing you to enter a world different from the one you just left. Sometimes they can be quite narrow at the beginning of the path and I like to think that this was intentionally designed as the place to leave your problems at the door. An actual entranceway such as a Japanese style gate or a pergola with hanging wisteria for example can also be a great way of distinguishing the different areas.This site about Japanese Gardens is recommended for more detailed information and interesting videos with accompanying ambient music. Whether you are aiming for a meditational garden where you can sit quietly or do yoga or tai chi, it should be a place you are comfortable in and you can focus on the nature around you.

General Accepted Accounting Principles | accounting

The differences of financial accounting and managerial accounting are very prevalent. Some of these differences include precision, mandatory external reports and emphasizing financial consequences of past activities. These characteristics are describing financial accounting. Financial accounting is a way of measuring economic performance. This type of accounting summarizes data to prepare balance sheets and income statements for the firm. The specific difference discussed in this piece will be the difference of the Generally Accepted Accounting Principles (GAAP). Financial accounting must follow GAAP, while managerial accounting does not need to follow GAAP.The Generally Accepted Accounting Principles help steer firms in recording business transactions. The GAAP are not rules, but guidelines for a firm to follow for recording. The principles set a minimum level of regularity in statements. There are many positives in compliance with the GAAP. The principles maintain creditability because it informs outside companies that this company using the GAAP is being portrayed precisely. Stockholders and analysts can read a report knowing that it abides with the accounting principles.There are many principles to be discussed for the GAAP. The six principles to be discussed during this article are economic entity assumption, accrual basis accounting, revenue recognition principle, relevance, reliability and consistency principle, materiality principle, and cost principle. Economic entity includes any organization in the economy. Examples can include schools, hospitals, governments and churches. Every event must be recorded by a specific entity. Another part to this principle is that records can not include any personal assets or liabilities relating to the owners. The second principle is the accrual basis accounting principle. Accrual basis accounting captures financial aspect in each event in the period of occurrence. Revenues are recognized when the business receives the cash. Expenses are recognized when the business pays with cash. Furthermore, the revenue recognition principle is when revenues are earned upon the finishing of a product or service, but without view to the timing of cash flow. The last principle in the GAAP discussion is relevance, reliability, and consistency. Information must be useful. To be useful, this information in accounting must be relevant, reliable and in a consistent method.Relevant information will help a decision choice understood properly by examining the businesses past performance, and the future position. Detailed information is needed for internal users to estimate the company’s value. Reliable information must be confirmable. Otherwise, this information cannot be used or trusted in preparation of financial statements. Lastly, the information must be consistent. This means that the methods must be the same for each accounting period. Comparisons can be made between accounting periods if consistent. Consistency will help a company evaluate the methods of the accounting periods. The materiality principle states the requirements of any principle may be ignore, if and only if, there is no consequence on the users of the financial information. An example of this principle would be tracking individual staples used in a department of an office. There is no definitive gauge to calculate the staples used. This judgment of dollars is not a significant entity to a large corporation, but it may to a small, privately owned business. It will depend of the size of the company. The cost principle is dealing with the recording of the company’s assets. The assets equal the value exchanged at the time of their attainment. Assets consisting of land or buildings value with time. Land and buildings do not need to be appraised for reporting.So what is the difference of why managerial accounting does not need to follow GAAP but financial accounting need to follow the principles? Managerial and financial accounting is two separate types of accounting, so each one needs a specific method for financial reports to help that type of company. Managerial accounting is not bound by the General Accepted Accounting Principles. In managerial accounting, managers set their own rules for financial report methods. Using the General Accepted Accounting Principles set a common ground for external users to rely on when evaluating a company. The GAAP help reduce fraud and catch misrepresentations on financial reports. Managerial accounting prepares reports only for internal use of the manager. This information helps to make decisions on the company’s future. There are no specific required reports, only the reports what the manager sees fit to help make decisions. The reports are normally focused on departments of the organization, not as a whole. Financial accounting relies on reports for perspective of the organization. It focuses on specific information because it is used outside the company. This is why financial accounting must follow GAAP for external reports.

Wedding Day Transportation | transportation

Most soon-to-be-married couples think creatively when planning wedding transportation. When planning for wedding transportation it is very important to look at original ideas. Most couples making wedding plans, use the telephone book as the starting point, looking for the limousine service with the lowest prices. It is no doubt that using a limousine is very fitting transportation, but it is also the least creative. If you want your wedding day to stand out, you need to get creative. Some transportation challenges to look at prior to the wedding day are mentioned here as well as some alternative transportation ideas you may not have thought about.Don’t delay making the arrangements for the transportation for your wedding. These plans should be made at least six months to a year in advance of your wedding date. Planning the wedding transportation should be on your checklist right after your have finalized the location for the wedding ceremony and the reception, and once you have decided on the number of attendants you want in your wedding party. Why is planning the transportation so important? Well, the arrangement for the transportation has to do with the time it takes to move your wedding party from point A to point B and then to point C without leaving anyone behind as well as meeting the time schedule you have set.Begin with transporting the bridal party from where they will be dressing to the wedding ceremony.If you decide to transport the entire wedding party it may take multiple trips to get everyone to the reception. Concerns about transportation end once the wedding party arrives at the reception.Since all the logistics have been resolved it is now time to start the search for your wedding transportation. First, re-look at the wedding budget worksheet Looking at your wedding budget worksheet to check the amount of money set aside to cover transportation is the first step to take. The options for wedding transportation can be very expensive. Besides limousines, you can make a grand statement by being transported in a stretch Hummer or SUV, either of which can transport large groups. Classic or vintage cars are a stylish option. You may want to consider other ideas such as the use of a beautifully decorated horse-drawn carriage or a hot air balloon that would land on the driveway or lawn of the location of the ceremony. If your budget permits, make a dramatic entrance in a helicopter, or a less expensive alternative could be a motorcycle and side car. Really any transportation idea that you may have that fits with your theme is an idea worth investigating. Of course a personal vehicle is always a fine option and is the least expensive.Be sure to ask about wedding package deals like a free bottle of champagne, or transportation at the end of the evening. And always carefully review the contract before you sign. Verify that it states date, pick-up times, total costs and payment schedule, and any other details, the driver’s name and what he or she will wear, and the cancellation/refund policy.