Are you looking for quiet and tranquility? Perhaps you could take a cue from the Japanese culture and create a Zen experience in your garden. You could even make a small Zen garden for inside your home.
6 Ways to Create a Zen Experience in Your Backyard
Beautiful gardens are an important part of Japanese culture. When you want to create a calming, meditative space in your backyard, take some inspiration from Japanese gardens. Raked sand, stone accents, and quiet spaces bring solitude and tranquility to your garden. Adding Zen inspirations to your garden will create a retreat for the mind right on your property.
Your garden is your connection to nature in your backyard. Make sure you can walk through it and enjoy it by creating pathways. Make a plan within your landscaping, then place flat stones to craft an easy DIY path through your backyard. When you’re gardening, be sure to shape the trees and plants around the path to make walking easy.
Clutter is distracting, and it takes up space you could be using for bonsai trees, a fountain, or lovely flowers. Get any old garage junk, broken lawn equipment, or other clutter out of your yard before starting a garden project. If you’re not into landscaping, hiring someone to remove your clutter can improve the look of your backyard significantly. You’ll enjoy a calmer experience outside with a de-cluttered yard.
Japanese rock gardens, called karesansui or Zen gardens, feature raked sand on a dry landscape instead of lots of grass and plants. Create an enclosure with wood to hold your sand, kind of like a sandbox for adults. Pay homage to the origins of this practice by raking your sand. It’ll look amazing, and since you have to go slowly to rake it properly, you’ll get some quiet time in nature every time you rake.
Accent With Stones
Japanese rock gardens also feature stones placed strategically on the sand. Raking sand around the stones creates beautiful patterns and adds authenticity to the karesansui aspect of your garden. Stones are a wonderful accent for people who don’t have time to tend to plants or who aren’t skilled enough gardeners to keep many plants alive.
Make Space for Meditating
Create an open space on the grass with a bench or in a gazebo where you can be alone in silence. Whether you practice meditation or simply need some solitude, create that space for yourself within nature so you can use the relaxing ambience of the outdoors to de-stress.
Harness Running Water
The sound of running water is a wonderfully calming accent to your Zen outdoor space. Install a pond with a rock waterfall or fountain to add the soft trickle of water to your garden’s ambience. The water sounds will also help mask any noises that float over your fence from the street.
Design and install the garden that makes you happiest, whether it creates a space for meditation, helps you enjoy spending time in a beautiful outdoor environment, or simply cleans up backyard clutter. This Zen outdoor space is for you to look at and to relax in, so choose the elements that will bring you the most peace.
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