Hello how are you, glad to be writing on meditation garden ideas today. Gardening can be a very fun hobby it can definitely help you relax, get your mind off your every day routine, focus on a particular thing, and ultimately lower stress. Gardening can also be rewarding if your growing plants that are edible. Me personally just getting home and going out to the garden pulling some weeds, tilling the ground, and water plants takes my mind away from the normal stresses of my job and responsibilities. I know it sounds like work, but it can be refreshing to your mind.
What are meditation gardens or zen gardens
A zen garden originated in japan in the 14th century along the time that zen Buddhism was a big influence. The gardens where designed with rocks placed around and a few plants. The idea was to harmonize yourself with nature or the universe.
Zen garden is also a place to go meditate and contemplate. Whenever you first start it takes focus and harmony to rake the sand into perfect proportions. This zen garden design is also beautiful and relaxing just to look at. It has remained popular even today.
You don’t even need sand if you don’t want I personally find it very relaxing to rake the sand into cool looking designs, but just having a place to go meditate outside in nature will help you relax and deepen your meditations. Sometimes I like to just have a place to go for, “me time”. A place I can go and set and look at the beauty of nature and just relax.
Some Meditation garden ideas
If you just want to make a small garden in your backyard. First get some black plastic, you can get this online, or from a local home and garden store. Lay it down in the area you want to make your garden and cut it to the size of garden you want. Get some railroad ties or bricks of your choice and make a foundation around the edges of your black plastic. We are basically making a sandbox.
Then you’ll need to decide what plants you want and where you want to put them. I like the small shrubs that don’t get too big, and only would use 1 or 2 to leave enough space for some good size rocks. Once you got your plants and know where you want to put them cut small circles in the plastic, where the plants are going, and plant the plants in the ground.
Now you are going to have to add enough sand to fill up your garden, I get the sandbox sand from your local store. Depending on where you live you can search the area and get some local rocks or find a store that sells them. Get the rocks of your choice and place them where you like. Then get your self a zen garden rake and you have you very own back yard zen garden. Click here for more ideas.
Adding a fishpond
A home made fishpond in the middle of your garden adds a whole new level to the appearance and beauty of your garden. Using the same techniques as above it is very simple and cheap to add a small pond. First just dig a small hole in the ground the size you want the pond.
Line the pond with the black plastic sheet. If you just want a really small pond you can actually just make one out of a 5 gallon bucket. I have made several out of a bucket, but I don’t live at those houses anymore and I wish I had a picture of them.Place rocks all around the edge of the pond. This will hold the black plastic or bucket in place and hide it. Now pick a spot you would like to have a waterfall.
Stack up a bunch of rocks to make a waterfall. Place a water pump at the bottom of the pond, have the hose coming from it hidden under the rocks you stacked up for the water fall. This will recirculate the water providing oxygen for the fish. On one that I made, on top of the rocks I stacked up for the waterfall I place a plant pot that had a cool design on top of the rocks.
The planting pot is the kind with the hole in the bottom. I laid the pot sideways facing the pond. I ran the hose inside the pot. I then put river rocks inside the pot to hide the hose. The water looked as if it was flowing out the pot down the waterfall.
Just build it and the ideas will come
I have listed some techniques I have used to build a nice, small, beautiful garden for meditating. I like to put a nice little bench in the middle of my garden so I have a place to sit and meditate. So you can plan out exactly what you want your garden to look like, but for me, once I just get out there and start building it, that’s when the ideas really start flowing. I usually have a general idea of where it’s going to be, and how big, but I get the best ideas when I’m actually in the process of doing it.
Build your garden, relax, and meditate
So that concludes my article on meditation garden ideas, I hope I have inspired you and gave you some ideas to build your garden. There are also mini zen gardens that are the perfect size for your table or desk. These are great to get some relaxing meditation in at work or at home if the weather outside is too cold or rainy to go outside. I have added a review of my favorite mini zen garden in the link above.
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