Happy Saturdayyy! I purchased my first mini Zen Garden (they go by different names such as: miniature zen garden or desktop zen garden) a couple of days ago. I was so excited to set it up and put it to use.
I’m currently looking into how I can efficiently meditate. I struggle to be able to clear my mind and relax. I’m always stressing out about what needs to be done next, so my mind has no rest period. This causes me to be tensed and stressed all the time which leads to many other things. I am finally making it a priority to find something that works for me.
Here a little bit more information about the mini Zen Garden:
What is the purpose?
The mini zen garden is very powerful. It’s used for the following things:
- It aides your mind with stress-relief and relaxation
- It enhances your meditation skills
- It strengthens your focus and concentration
- It also encourages your creativity
How do you use it?
There is no right or wrong way to use your mini zen garden. Below are the elements of the garden, what they represent and how to incorporate it.
- Sand: Represents bodies of water. The rake helps create the flow of water through the garden.
- Succulent: Represents timeless love. They conserve water and flourish in non-ideal circumstances. I’ve rearranged it many times, for the simple fact that I know it will grow wherever I place it.
- Pavilion: Represents my safe place. I use it as my mind’s hideout from my thoughts.
- River Rocks: Represents strength and harmony. They are the most important part of the garden. They can be viewed as mountains or water flows. The five rock categories are: Kikyaku (the element of earth), Shintai (the element of water) Shigyo (the element of fire), Reisho (the element of metal) Taido (the element of wood).
- Rake: Is the tool used to create the flow in the sand.
Here how I built my first mini zen garden
1. These are the items that came in the package
2. Placed the sand into the base
3. I added in the succulent to the sand
4. I added in the pavilion to the sand
5. I added in the rocks to the sand
6. Lastly I used my rank to comb through the sand
I know everything takes time and you can’t rush the process. So far, it has increased the amount of time I can relax my mind but I am still unable to have it relaxed for more than 2 minutes. I did notice I have to be in complete silence and have as little distractions as possible around me (my phone, tv, computer, noise and people). My goal is to be able to keep my mind relaxed for up to 10 minutes. I know the challenge I’m facing, but I got this!
What methods help you mediate?