Soft Candlelight, Smooth Pebbles, White Sand: Three Forms of Relaxation Price$$20.4839.99$$18.9929.99$$39.9528.98$$34.9918.86$$9.9930.99RakesLong-handled rake, bamboo rake, boomeranged rake, pen rake, T rake1Grooming rake and digging shovel6 bamboo rakes1111Rake and 2 shovelsExtras2 ceramic cranes, polished stones, meditation bookletBoat bridge and overstocks, incense, incense burner, 2 candles, sand, Buddha statue Sand, sand pail, seashells, starfish, sun umbrella, beach chair, sandcastle White sand, stones, Zen stone, 2 figurines Sand, Buddha figure, lotus figures, incense burner Sand, stacking stone tower Sand, rocks, candle holderRocks, sand, 3 figurines4 magnets and iron powderSize9 x 9 in.9.4 in.
Let’s contemplate together the components, size, and features each of these kits has to offer. There’s no “magic measurement” though–they just need to be a good deal smaller than your garden.
You use the prongs to draw out waves, and the cylindrical end to rub them out. If you want a really smooth surface to work with, see if the set includes a giant T-shaped rake.
If the sand’s too light, it’ll fly out of the box at the slightest breeze. It’s also a bonus if the set comes with extra sand because you do lose some over time.
It’s a break from tradition, but building gardens in three dimensions is quite absorbing. If your desk looks like a tornado’s been through, then you’ll have to settle for a matchbox garden –smaller than 5 by 5 inches, maybe.
Narrow gardens are easy to squeeze along the edge of a desk and seem to take up less room. Circular ones are also lovely to draw on, and the lack of sharp edges somehow makes everything even more calming.
Traditional Zen gardens use rocks to represent islands and mountains. Some gardens come with holders for incense or tealight candles, if you want to attain inner peace through your nose.
You can find your favorite scents and just inhale as you quietly tend to your garden. The animals often symbolize different meanings: cranes for luck and longevity, oxen for strength.
And for beach-dwellers: there’s now tabletop Zen gardens with little umbrellas and pails and shovels. Serenity, religion, and rest can feel very distant from the roar of everyday life.
These Zen gardens aren’t much, they’ll help you take a breather. Whether it be the contemplative face of the Buddha, the aroma of incense, or the look of a sandy beach, we hope you found what slows down your pulse and makes you happy.
If you have come across this post then my guess is you have a little of knowledge about desktop Zen gardens, and maybe you want one for your home or office. Desktop Zen gardens are a great addition to any room and really add a relaxing feel to the setting.
Raking the gravel into patterns can represent streams, ripples of water, or waves. It can be very difficult to perfect a new pattern, so monks use raking gardens as a way to strengthen and help their concentration.
Creators should place full emphasis on the complete harmony of the composition. Meaning, no one area or rock should be the center of attention of the entire garden.
They are essentially exactly what the name applies and are just Zen Gardens that can be placed on your desk at work or kitchen table at home. Use it to get lost in the simplicity of the process and give meaning to each aspect of your design.
The slower you perform these tasks the more relaxed you become, and you will begin to feel an inner peacefulness. I have seen people bring tabletop Zen gardens into their office to help relax when meetings get out of hand or deadlines get tight.
Some tabletop Zen gardens are made purely for decorations and may come with a statue, candle, or incense holder. These gardens are difficult to use for meditative purposes but do add to the overall feeling and mood.
The practical gardens are more simplistic but can actually be used to make patterns with the small rake and rocks. Deluxe Garden Office Decor I chose this garden first because of its simplicity and practicality.
The only reason this office Zen garden did not make it higher on my list was there were a few complaints of the item showing up damaged from shipping. I also notice that more and more office zen gardens are being added every day, so make sure to browse the full list in case you see one you really like.
These table-top Zen gardens are just the ticket to boot the overwhelming feeling of everyday life, and get yourself into some next-level spiritual calmness. This garden measures 26 x 23 cm, and features the basic sand and rake combo, as well as a tea light holder for some midnight meditation.
The small pebbles can ground your mind, while the 10 × 7 inch dimension gives you plenty of freedom to go outside the lines and find yourself. Like walking through a miniature picture perfect Japanese garden, this set-up allows you to draw your rake under a mini bridge and around a range of fake trees.
Let your imagination wonder as you create paths and waves in the sand with your free rake, and watch as Monday blues become a thing of the past. The COCO RO Deluxe Garden is a brilliant way to help you focus, feel relaxed and meditate by gently creating patterns and placing the accessories on top of the sand.
Well maintained and carefully raked patterns in sand play a central part in zen gardens. The lines are meant to mimic the ripples found in water, while the stillness of the sand inspires a feeling of tranquility.
Rocks are added to the sand in careful arrangements to create a miniature landscape representing either hills or islands. The meditation garden at Osmosis Day Spa Sanctuary in Freestone incorporates a small waterfall feature running through the rocks.
If you have a large backyard, boulders can be used to represent mountains, or add an organic sculptural element. According to zen philosophy, a boulder represents being unmovable in the face of adversity or difficult times.
In Japan, raising and breeding KOI is considered an art form, and when they’re added to a zen garden they serve as a reminder of life in motion and transition. While KOI ponds are absolutely gorgeous, a few things need to be considered before deciding to have one installed in your backyard.
First, if you have a small backyard, it may not fit: the ideal size for a KOI pond is considered to be over 1,000 gallons and at least three feet deep. If you have cats or raccoons visiting your yard, a KOI pond may not be a good idea.
Bamboo fences can be used to separate the Zen garden from the rest of the yard, creating a more private space for meditation. The Wildwood Nursery in Kenwood is host to 250 different Japanese maples, 50 varieties of dogwoods, and companion plants.
(Photo by Don Van Dyke) Editor’s Note: Travel, dining and wine tasting can be complicated right now. If you visit restaurants, wineries, and other businesses during the pandemic, remember to call ahead, make reservations, wear a mask and social distance.