One of the most important benefits of a Desktop Zen Garden is stress relief. By methodically arranging the stones and combing the sand you give your mind and body the ability to relax.
By focusing on the repetitive physical movements quiets your mind and enables you to truly experience the present moment, rather than worrying about the past or the future. Escape the stress of your busy everyday life with your Desktop Zen Garden.
You can even keep one at your desktop at work for when you need a break. You don’t need to worry about giving it sunlight or water, so maintenance won’t become another stress in your life. There is no right or wrong way to make your garden; you can achieve the benefits of stress relief just by mindfully tending it.
Meditating with a Desktop Zen Garden can help you gain a wider perspective and see beyond what is in front of you. You can choose specific concepts to meditate on, like the Zen ideas of impermanence, the absence of self, or dualism.
Develop a Sense of Beauty
Working with a Desktop Zen Garden can also help you develop a sense for aesthetics. Zen gardens are based on concepts of beauty that can be applied to your life, your home, and your creative projects.
Enhance Creative Flow
You can also use your Desktop Zen Garden to stimulate your creativity, or to practice seeing things from many points of view. We love this Feng Shui Zen Garden with Lotus Incense Burner because it not only helps to enhance your creativity with its mountain like rock features but it also has a beautiful built in lotus incense burner so that your nose and senses can also be entertained and delighted.
Miniature or not, working with a Desktop Zen Garden and practicing meditation can help improve your focus and patience. A study by neuroscientists showed that after just 11 hours, people who practiced meditation had actual changes in the part of the brain involved in focus and self-control.
Using the Zen Garden Kit
A Desktop Zen Garden includes objects such as a wooden tray, sand, polished stones or rocks, and a wooden rake. Try to find a quiet space to work on your garden. You can even put on some relaxing nature sounds or just enjoy the rare quietness and stillness.
First you’ll need to pour the sand into the tray. Then you can begin placing the stones into various arrangements, or simply begin raking as you please. Rake the sand in straight lines, swirls and ripples, or zig-zags. Create deep lines or shallow lines. Embrace the beauty of asymmetry. Pile the sand into mountains, rivers, and valleys. Don’t worry about making mistakes.
Just take your time and enjoy the sensation of creating your own dry landscapes. When you are finished, you can leave it to enjoy as is for days. Or, you can start over and create a whole new landscape – embrace the Buddhist ideas of impermanence and non-attachment.
When you are finished, don’t rush back to work or what you were previously doing. Take some breaths and refocus your mind. You are now ready to face whatever comes your way.