Zen gardens are Japanese rock gardens, or “dry landscape” gardens. These zen gardens create a miniature landscape composed of rocks, moss, and mini trees. The sand and rake are used to represent ripples in water.
A miniature Zen garden added to your home or office can provide you with a sense of calm and an outlet for stress and anxiety. Zen gardens are a traditional Japanese landscape used for meditation, primarily within Buddhist monasteries. If you do not have the time or money to create a full-sized Zen garden, you can construct a small-scale version and incorporate some relaxation and meditation into your busy and hectic life. (Source)
DIY Zen Gardens
You will need:
Creating a mini zen garden:
Pick a theme for your zen garden that speaks to your heart, mind, and soul. The goal is simplicity, so keep that in mind while crafting your garden.
Fill your container about halfway with sand (I buy mine on Amazon). Add smooth stones or other items, but remember that zen gardens are not supposed to be cluttered. Less is more.
Rake the sand with a plastic fork, pen, or another object that will create the designs you're looking for. Make soft ripples to represent calming thoughts of the ocean.
For me, creating zen gardens is very relaxing and a great way to ease into meditation.
Zen Garden Design Ideas
The great thing about creating your own zen garden is that you can change the design at any time!
Want to buy a zen garden instead of making your own? It's okay! You can do that, too.