Find Your Zen In Ten

Spring is here in all of its sun-shiny glory, making it the perfect time to put your shades on and step outside for some fresh air. Take in a few breaths, and exhale all the stress that has built up from last year. But if that doesn’t do enough to clear the cranium, here are some of my favorite places to get in some solid meditation time to aid in alleviating any stressors, all within ten minutes of FSU’s campus.

Alfred B. Maclay Gardens State Park

Escape to a wonderland of flowers, trees, and calm waters. The park includes walkways, a reflection pool, and secret, walled gardens. There's no way for you to be unhappy in a place that tickles your nose with sweet scents while you have numerous options of activities. In Lake Hall you can swim, fish, canoe, and kayak — there are even pavilions and grills for picnicking along the shore. If a casual stroll sounds more up your alley, there are two short nature trails overlooking the lake, where bikers and equestrians are also welcome. High blooming season is now! January through April is the best time to come and watch the flowers in their peak season, so make the short drive and take in all that’s being offered from our sweet mother Earth.

3540 Thomasville Rd. 32309

$5 for entry per vehicle

$6 Garden Entry during blooming season

Lichgate on High Road

Ask yourself a question before entering this maze, and while you walk, contemplate, and meditate. The purpose of this simple yet effective practice is for you to find your answer upon reaching the center. The maze, along with beautiful canopy trees and the sweetest cottage you’ll ever see hidden in the forest, makes for an enchanting environment, perfect for clearing your mind. Sun salutation classes are also held every Wednesday at 4:30 pm for free!

1401 High Rd. 32304

Taoist Tai Chi Society

Tai Chi has numerous health benefits, both mental and physical, through its stretching and movements. It improves your circulation, balance, posture, strength, and flexibility all while reducing stress. Restore the calmness and peace of mind often lost through the desires and anxieties of daily life. Come and take a free beginners class. By visiting their website you will find a calendar full of daily classes to begin your spiritual training.

2100 Thomasville Rd. 32308

San Luis Mission Park

Some of you may even be able to walk to this park, it’s so close! Mission Park is one of my favorites, especially if you want to go for a trail run under the trees and cleared out areas. Bring your dog out for the day, as there is a designated area for the kiddies to run free! Or whip that fishing pole out of your (or your man’s) closet and cast away all of your worries. Any and all activities are always FREE here, which is music to any Collegiette's ears. Bringing out a hammock, some snacks, and finding a hidden spot to hear nothing but the birds is highly recommended for a quick vay-cay.

1313 San Luis Rd.

Cypress Tree Zen Group

Railroad Square has more to offer than artsy backdrops for your profile photos. Here you can find basic instruction on how to meditate and release the nagging sounds constantly swimming inside your noggin. The Tallahassee Buddhist Community located right off of Railroad Avenue and just south of Gaines Street offers free practices every Tuesday at 7 p.m. Never been Zen-ed? That's totally fine, because they offer meditation instruction for beginners at the same time as regular meetings! And guess what… it’s also FREE! Check out their website for more details!

647 McDonnel Dr. in Railroad Square