Πέμπτη, 26 Μαΐου 2011

Zen Garden


I am absolutely amazed by the Zen Gardens. It is enough to see a photo of one to bring feeling of calmness in me. I decided to make one. Indoors. The one that you can make yourself can hold it own meaning as long as you keep to few rules. In needs to be on minimal side and what you place in your garden has to have a meaning for you. "The main concept behind  Zen Garden is that of peace and openness, bringing together good luck and prosperity . It is about celebrating humanity's place in the universe." 


Here is what you need:

  • Container
  • Sand
  • Rake
  • Objects that hold some meaning in your life


Step 1: Decide on a Location
 It can either sit in a living area, a bedroom or even a patio. 
Step 2: Building a Frame
Once you have decided on the location, you need to build the frame for the garden. There are no hard and fast rules regarding the frame structure or type. You can make anything as long as it holds some significance in your life and makes you feel good.  A bottom panel will be required to complete the indoor frame for the garden. 
Step 3: Sand and Objects
 Fill the box with a sand. Add a few calming, soothing objects to your garden. These could be pleasantly shaped and colored old, weathered rocks or stones, or any other object you please. It is advisable to keep plants on the minimum since the sand will not nourish them appropriately. The zen garden has to be open and have a feeling of tranquility about it. 
Step 4: Raking the Sand
Using a rake, rake the sand in curving patterns, much like ocean waves. You do not need to rake deep inside the sand, There is no defined shape you need to rake it in, do what feels best to you.
Enjoy your very own Zen Garden:)

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