Zen gardens have always been associated with serenity, calm, well being, and balance and we can all do with a bit of that right now. While they were originally used by ancient Buddhists for meditation, during this COVID year of lockdowns, and social distancing the peace and resulting wellbeing created by Zen Gardens make them an ideal Biophilic feature in any home or office.
Japanese Garden Image Credit - Digsdigs
Zen, the state of being peaceful and relaxed, is not always easy to attain however a calming Zen feature of rock formations, sand tracings and exquisite Bonsais make them an ideal low maintenance garden.
Zen Garden, Image Credit - Financial Times
The Adachi Museum Garden in Yasugi designed by Zenkō Adachi in 1970 during the Shōwa Period, shows how scenery and plants were manipulated to look like a traditional East Asian painting.Photography: Malcolm Raggett
The Function of Rocks, Trees and Plants in a Zen Garden
Create your own Zen Garden, Image Credit - Digthisdesign
The Benefits of Zen Meditation
- Deep breathes regenerate our oxygen levels in our body
- Our blood flow is encouraged away from our sympathetic nervous system, which is responsible for controlling our flight or fight behaviours decreasing depression levels.
- We can experience increased creativity
- Feeling of happiness and joy are raised
- stress levels are lowered
- energy and productivity are boosted
Facing House Designed by © MANIERA ARCHITECTS & ASSOCIATES CO (Image Credit)
Tanagata-cho, Sasebo City, Nagasaki Prefecture,Image Credit - Eidai House
Benefits of having a Zen Garden at Home
Japanese Zen Garden, Image Credit -Robert Izumi
With a Zen garden you get to reduce your stress levels and increase relaxation, which are key to maintaining both productivity and health. Lastly, remember to make time for a Zen garden in order to reap those amazing benefits.