How to make a Zen garden

(OMTimes | Ministry Earth ) The Zen Garden, also known as the Japanese Garden, is recommended to bring calm, tranquility, and well-being to the environment and people. You can deploy it in your home or office in miniature mode. It is very versatile, can be made in different sizes, and will help you restore physical, emotional, and mental balance.

Create your own zen garden

The Zen Garden or Japanese Garden, which immediately announces its origins, is a space beyond unique. Usually made of gravel, stone, and fountains, it is the perfect place for those looking for mental rest or a moment of meditation.

With each passing day, Zen gardens are becoming more popular in the West as well. His drawings in curved lines, so characteristic, are the heritage of Zen monks who wanted to have spaces designed in stone and the inclusion of aquatic elements.

Easy to maintain, as they have a stone base, they are so simple to create that you will quickly realize that the primary concern during their implementation will only be choosing materials. Thankfully, we have ten excellent reasons for wanting to have a Japanese garden at home.

Zen gardens: the essential elements

Zen garden

The main characteristic of a Zen Garden is its simplicity. It is, in fact, the simplicity with which it must be built that must be transported to daily life. This element will help you live it in a more peaceful way and with more self-knowledge.

Remember: the Zen Garden is where you can hear what your body and inner self have to say.

Sand: sand represents the sea and is related to the peace and tranquility of spirit and mind.

In the sand, with the help of the rake, you can create waves.

The waves designed in a more extended, curved pattern symbolize rough waters, while straight lines represent calmer waters.

Stones: the Stones represent the rocks where the waves of the sea crash, symbolizing movement and continuity. They also refer to mountains, predominant elements of nature.

Curiosity: in the Zen Garden, the stones must be in odd numbers and asymmetrically placed.

Plants and flowers: plants and also flowers represent nature and, therefore, life.

Therefore, give preference to the most common species in Eastern philosophy, such as magnolias, azaleas, cherry trees, and small shrubs.

Miniature zen gardens – Step by step

You will need:

One shallow container. Its size depends on where you want to place it.

Granite, fine gravel, and white sand

Zen garden

Decorative elements such as stones, plants, statues, etc.

A rake

Step 1 Look for a foundation suitable for the size of the Zen Garden you want to install. We recommend something between 2 and 10 cm in height, preferably made of wood. It is not mandatory. It can also be of other materials. You can also assemble it in your container.

Step 2 Remember to check that your container does not have any space that will empty the sand. Please place it in a flat, stable place. I prefer a calm, peaceful environment with little movement of people to favor meditation.

Step 3 Fill the container with sand, fine gravel, and granite. Spread until evenly distributed throughout the container. If there are impurities mixed in, remove them, especially if there are weeds.

Step 4 Place the stones on the sand. Remember not to place too many stones as they can overwhelm the energy of your Zen Garden. And don’t place them symmetrically either. It’s better to put them intuitively without thinking about equal proportions.

Step 5 Decorate your Zen Garden surroundings as you like. You can add small plants (no exaggeration to maintain the essential simplicity of your Zen Garden). You can place small statues representing your desire for well-being, incense, candles, and whatever else you want. Always remember not to overload the place. It needs to be simple to generate tranquility and calm.

Step 6 Use the rake to make small waves in the sand around rocks and other elements, as if they become waves in the sea. By creating these waves, you naturally relax, releasing all your energy and stress.

Ten good reasons to have a zen garden!

They are great for relaxing.

Because you can have one anywhere and in any space.

Zen Gardens are easy to make and maintain.

They can be built-in miniature.

A Zen Garden is an excellent excuse to meditate.

These gardens don’t need much work.

Because they are perfect spaces to be daydreaming.

Zen energy stimulates the imagination.

They are perfect for taking care of bonsai.

All gardens are great for making you connect with nature.

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