Home and Garden: DIY Zen Garden
Have you seen a zen garden you really like and wish to craft your own? Perhaps you have one already and need tips on how to personalize it. Whatever your needs, these steps can help.
Start with a tray that is at least two or three inches deep. Use a tray you have on hand, build your own out of plywood, or reuse a storage container lid. Make sure the tray is seamless. Choose a style sturdy enough to contain several pounds of decorative sand. Store tray on a flat, hard and sturdy surface and make sure the tray has proper footing before adding sand.
All Sands on Deck
Fill tray with decorative sand and rake to spread evenly. Once your tray is full of sand, the weight will increase significantly. For best results, be sure to place your zen garden on a clear and sturdy surface. Keep in mind the weight of sand when designing your garden. Be sure not to choose a tray that is too large or too heavy for the space you wish to fill.
Place garden objects throughout tray. Objects commonly found in zen gardens include: stones, crystals, wood, candles, potted succulents, etc. It is important not to overcrowd your zen garden landscape with too many objects. Be selective and minimal to follow zen tradition.
Now it’s time to dig in and start to create! Experiment with alternative materials to rake designs into your sand garden. Use different sized rakes, make your own tools or even use your fingers. Be creative and expressive with various textures and thickness of lines.
Protect and Maintain Your Zen Garden
Make a ritual to cleanse your zen garden with sage-smudging. Tend to your zen garden by switching out the objects frequently and by raking sand daily.
If you feel spiritual, try to meditate as you draw in your garden. Set an intention for well-being as you rake the sands. Let the slow steady dragging of the rake focus your mind, steady your hands, and release the vibrations from inside your soul.
Lessons In Letting Go
If you have trouble raking over that nice design from yesterday, don’t worry. It’s common to want to hold on to the past. Let the zen garden teach you how to truly let go. One of the great lessons the zen garden has to offer is how to embrace the present, while building on the past.
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