Zen gardens are oriental-style landscape designs for meditation and relaxation, heavily influenced by Japanese culture. They are formed in dry, using in small thicknesses materials such as sand, rocks of rounded geometry and gravel of prismatic geometry, both of different sizes, with different kinds of plants planted in circular, square, rectangular pots or on the soil itself properly fertilized, moss and some other natural element. Each of these materials evokes and has a meaning. We hope that this article and its images will inspire you to create your own Zen-style garden.
Rocks with rounded geometry
Rocks with rounded geometry, also called pebbles because of their shape due to the erosion of the water of the rivers where they are found, represent the obstacles and difficulties that a person is going to face throughout his life, no matter how big or small the problem you are facing, they will always leave you a teaching, which is a continuous learning, that will help you to solve the next obstacle more easily.
The Zen garden can be shaped in any way you wish
The Zen garden can have any shape you want, what matters is that you include the elements we have described above and that you arrange them in the space you have chosen in such a way that your energy is transmitted. These gardens don’t require much maintenance, so you don’t have to spend much time on them, whether they are indoors or outdoors.
The distribution of the different materials
It is well known that one of the best contributions that the Zen garden will give you is that you make it yourself with your own hands, since the very process of that execution, materializing your idea, will give you relaxation. You can draw with the pebbles, the gravel or the sand, the shapes that inspire you the most, and finally, add the plants with their different shades of green.
Sand absorbs and gives energy
In a Zen garden the presence of sand is very important, since it absorbs and helps to neutralize bad thoughts and negative energies and stimulates the emotions that are generated in the environment, enhancing the energy we receive. The aim that a Zen garden always tries to achieve is to achieve a feeling of peace and tranquility in the person’s mind.
The geometric form of the Zen garden must be modified
Another of the premises that a Zen garden has is that the geometric shape of it must be modified, that is, in a Zen garden the components of it must be in constant movement, moving the pebbles, gravel, sand and plants make the energies to be renewed and that these flow in a more positive way, achieving with it that our own life improves when the set of components of the Zen garden are renewed.
That the plants have different shades of green
Plants are the main component of a Zen garden, so we must bear in mind that plants have different shades of green, because this helps to maintain the person’s balance and at the same time makes it easier to connect with the right point of meditation and relaxation that every person seeks. If you don’t dare to create it, you can only ask a specialist gardener for help.