"My Dream for a Zen Garden"

Nancy Czerwinski By Nancy Czerwinski, 21st Aug 2014 | Follow this author | RSS Feed | Short URL http://nut.bz/2yyaew7l/
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This is a dream that I have to make a zen garden. I want to make it peaceful and serene. I want it to be a place to meditate.

Creating my zen garden

I have put a lot of thought into creating a zen garden. I want it to be a garden that is quiet and peaceful. My goal is to meditate in a beautiful place. For my first zen garden I'm going to make a smaller replica of a much larger one. If my first garden turns out the way I want, there will definitely be a second one. This idea first came to me a few months ago. I received an email from one of our neighborhood craft store. They were advertising zen gardens and kinetic sand. I wasn't sure what kinetic sand was so I did some research.

Researching Kinetic Sand

Before receiving the advertisement about kinetic sand, I had never heard of it. What I found in my research was that it's a different type of sand. It actually sticks together and does not separate. The one thing I found most unusual was that you can use it over and over again. It stays contained in one area. I found that to be quite unique. It never dries out. It also comes in many different colors. Over the years we have had sandboxes for the children and that sand goes everywhere. The children would get it on their clothes and bring it in the house. I will say cleaning up sand is not a fun thing to do. I'm excited about this new kind of sand. I think I will be quite pleased with the results. I went to my local craft store and found a display of this new type of sand. To touch kinectic sand is a very nice experience. It feels very soft to the touch. I think my replica of a zen garden will be everything I'm hoping for.

Bringing Serenity into my Life

I decided that I need to bring some peace and serenity into my life. I would like a nice, tranquil place to meditate. I have never actually meditated but, there's a first time for everything. I did try a few times but each time I fell asleep. What can I say? It's who I am. When I came up with the idea for the zen garden, I thought it would help me slow down and show me a calmer way of dealing with life. I've always had a very good outlook but I would like to find a way to be one with the universe. I have my collection of crystals but I wanted to go a step beyond. I think a zen garden is just what I was looking for.

A Trial Run

Since my zen garden is in the planning process I've come up with an idea. I'm going to go to my local garden center and purchase a clay pot. I'm hoping I will be able to find one with a drainage dish that is separate from the clay pot. This could take some time because I want to find just the right one. I don't want the pot to be too small. I'm going to need room to work. Once I've found the perfect clay pot I'm going to go over to our craft store. Once I get there I'm going to go straight to the aisle that has the kinetic sand. I want to find an earth color for my sand. I think that will be the best color for what I'm trying to create. When I have the pot I'm looking for and my earth tone sand I'm going to go home and start creating my zen garden.

Colors of the Earth

I'm going to use acrylic paint on my clay pot. I want to work with the colors of the earth.
I think a shade of brown highlighting the sun on a warm day. Once my clay pot has been painted it will take a while to dry. I will set it aside and come back to it on another day. The drying process is important. I want the paint to be smooth and dry. This is starting to seem like a time consuming project. I know it will be worth it though.

Assembling my Zen Garden

I've been doing my research on zen gardens. What I found was very interesting. Zen gardens have no water or vegetation. The purpose of a zen garden is to promote stillness. I love that concept. This is a new thought for me because when I think of gardens I think of flowers, vegetables and herbs. I'm always ready to create new and beautiful things. My zen garden will definitely be different from anything I've ever made before. I'm very excited to begin this project. I believe it would be good for all us to slowdown and add some stillness into our lives. A few minutes a day of stillness could change the world.

A Dream Come True

My zen garden is still in the planning stage. If I'm happy with my garden I will then make a zen garden on a much larger scale. It will be one that I can go and sit in. I will renew my energies and bring peace to my soul. My plan for my zen garden includes different sized rocks. I've always had a facination with rocks. I've been searching for the perfect rocks to put in my garden. My love of rocks will make my garden very special to me. Rocks are part of the earth and they signify to me, how old our earth really is. As you can see I've really been thinking this through from beginning to end. I want the objects in my garden to represent me and the things that I love. Our earth, sun, moon and the universe. That thought brings to me a question. Does the universe have a beginning and end? Just a thought.

Ideas

I welcome suggestions for my zen garden. Please feel free to comment because this will be a work in progress. I think this would be a wonderful community project. It's a beautiful thought to think of people coming together in peace, to create a garden of stillness. Priceless. I will update and share pictures along the way.

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Calm, Love, Meditation, Peace, Quiet

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I'm a mother and a grandmother. I love to write and be creative. If I can make one person smile I've done what I set out to do.

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author avatar Sherri Granato
11th Sep 2014 (#)

Such a lovely idea. Peace is sure to find you in a Zen garden.

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author avatar Nancy Czerwinski
11th Sep 2014 (#)

Sherri, thanks for reading my article. I love the idea of a Zen garden.

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author avatar Sherri Granato
11th Sep 2014 (#)

Definitely add a Buddha statue. Rippling water tinkling over small pebbles would be calming, but be careful not to put the water opposite any fire as they will cause conflict in your garden. Bamboo, lanterns and the traditional three-coin money charm would all be great accents. Good luck!

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author avatar Nancy Czerwinski
11th Sep 2014 (#)

Thanks Sherri for the tips for my Zen garden. I'm not familiar with what a three-coin money charm is. I love the idea of a Buddha statue. Thanks so much for the ideas.

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author avatar Lee Hansen
11th Sep 2014 (#)

I am sure that this dream will become a reality for you. It seems like you are on the right path. We all need a place to calm ourselves and meditate.

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author avatar C.D. Moore
11th Sep 2014 (#)

Wonderful ,I love zen gardens and being a long time meditator I know you are doing a great and healing practice Many blessings!.

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author avatar Chip Greene
11th Sep 2014 (#)

Good luck with the Zen Garden. If it doesn't need water maybe some cacti would be in order. They are very quiet plants. I used to practice Zen. But it was too noisy. Motorcycle Maintenance you know.

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author avatar Nancy Czerwinski
11th Sep 2014 (#)

Thanks Lee, C.D. and Chip for reading my article. Thanks for the blessings. Chip, I like the idea of cacti. Thanks! I'm so glad I shared this article because I really appreciate the fresh ideas.

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author avatar Delicia Powers
11th Sep 2014 (#)

Lovely Nancy...I think you already have a Zen garden, it is planted in your kind heart...:0)...I love your ideas...all sound serene and very beautiful!

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author avatar Nancy Czerwinski
11th Sep 2014 (#)

Thank you so much Delicia! You are a wonderful friend.

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author avatar snerfu
11th Sep 2014 (#)

Nancy! You should definitely include candle stands! If it is indoors, you definitely require a fountain. Flowing water stills the mind. AND keep us posted on your meditation.

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author avatar Nancy Czerwinski
11th Sep 2014 (#)

Snerfu, thank you so much for your comment. I like your ideas. I hope this is the year that I learn how to meditate. What is a candle stand? I like the sound of it.

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author avatar Phyl Campbell
11th Sep 2014 (#)

You and your garden will be SO ZEN! Delicia is right -- your kind heart and mind's eye are the most powerful start.

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author avatar Nancy Czerwinski
11th Sep 2014 (#)

Thank you so much Phyl. It means a lot to me that you said that. I finally figured out how to upload some of my pictures. It's like a miracle. I had to change computers and use my flash drive but I now have a picture with my article. It's my picture so I don't have to worry about copying someone's work thank goodness. I'm learning as I go.

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author avatar Retired
12th Sep 2014 (#)

Nice. I love Zen Gardens. My nephew is a landscape architect and made a Zen garden in my brother's back yard. May favorite part is the stream made out of smooth river rocks.

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author avatar Nancy Czerwinski
12th Sep 2014 (#)

Thanks Rama for reading my article. I would love to see pictures of your brother's garden.

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author avatar Retired
12th Sep 2014 (#)

Sounds absolutely lovely! My brother created a very beautiful and peaceful pond area that I feel very "zen" in. It's in the ambience, I believe.

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author avatar Nancy Czerwinski
12th Sep 2014 (#)

Lavenderblu, thank you so much for reading my article. I'm glad you liked it. I would love to see your brother's pond. It sounds beautiful.

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author avatar Sivaramakrishnan A
13th Sep 2014 (#)

Thought provoking Nancy, your ideas, thoughts and also the feedback. Blending with nature and finding peace within our surroundings give me tranquility from the world around that is rife with self-created misery - siva .

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author avatar Nancy Czerwinski
13th Sep 2014 (#)

Thanks Siva for your comment. I totally agree with your thoughts on the world. I think anything that brings us peace is a very good thing. Siva, I value your insights into the world. I would love to see the world as you do. It's harrd for me to be grounded when I deal with so much fantasy. Thank goodness I have you as a friend. I think I'm going to introduce "Zoey" to the world again.

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author avatar RBB1010
15th Sep 2014 (#)

I love gardening too, I hope your wish comes true.

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author avatar Nancy Czerwinski
15th Sep 2014 (#)

RBB1010, thanks for reading my article and for the very nice comment.

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author avatar Erly
22nd Sep 2014 (#)

Very nice article Nancy .I eel the beauty of the world of this...

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author avatar Nancy Czerwinski
23rd Sep 2014 (#)

Thank Erly for reading my article. I'm so glad you liked it.

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author avatar Utah Jay
27th Sep 2014 (#)

I was thinking of letting some folks who have no room for gardens come over to my place and plant what they like...nothing against the law of course, but now you have me rethinking things. You make it sound so fun.

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author avatar Nancy Czerwinski
27th Sep 2014 (#)

Thanks Utah Jay for reading my article. Do you have a lot of property? I'm so glad that you think this sounds fun. Smiles to you on this beautiful day.

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author avatar Mark Gordon Brown
27th Sep 2014 (#)

Gardens of any kind help the soul for sure a zen garden is especially restful.

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author avatar Nancy Czerwinski
27th Sep 2014 (#)

Thanks for the wonderful comment Mark. I think you are so right and anything that soothes the soul is a very good thing.

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author avatar Susan Heney
29th Sep 2014 (#)

Am more of a Wikinut reader than writer at present, Nancy. My interest in gardening has been a way to relieve stress. After a week at work I would be in my Florida garden for hours tending to my herbs and roses. I enjoyed your garden dream plan as it shows a carefully thought out plan to achieve your own peaceful place to retreat to. It inspires me to grow my small space container garden again. It helps to make the winter months more cheerful indoors.'.a wish to build a dream on', as the saying goes!

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author avatar Nancy Czerwinski
29th Sep 2014 (#)

Susan, thank you so much for reading my article. I love to share motivating articles and poetry. Smiles to you!

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author avatar Athlyn
29th Sep 2014 (#)

Lucky you, a magnolia! I had one of those and they are wonderful trees. I really enjoyed this article. I have done something similar in my backyard and have added a small pond or lake, a bench, and lots of perennials. The energy out there is amazing. I am blessed to live on 2 acres and share my time with trees.

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author avatar Nancy Czerwinski
29th Sep 2014 (#)

Athlyn, I see we share a love of trees. I feel very connected to them. At another house that I lived in, the city cut down a very old tree that I loved. I don't think I've ever gotten over it. It may seem silly to some people but certainly not to me.

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author avatar Robert Myles
19th Oct 2014 (#)

Maybe not directly in point to the Zen Garden, but interesting al the same: not far from where I now live in France is one of Europe's premier Japanese gardens. I've yet to visit but hope to do so soon. I'm including the link in case you want to have a look just in case you might be able to glean some ideas from there.Some of the views of the garden by night are quite spectacular: http://www.parc-oriental.com/english/history-of-the-oriental-park/116-from-the-begennings-of-the-park-to-today.html

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author avatar Nancy Czerwinski
19th Oct 2014 (#)

Robert, thank you so much for stopping by to read my article. Thanks for the link and I'm definitely going to check it out. I will let you know what I discover. Smiles to you!

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author avatar Retired
24th Oct 2014 (#)

I love to visit Japanese gardens - maybe they are similar to what you envision ?? :)

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author avatar Nancy Czerwinski
24th Oct 2014 (#)

R.C. Thank you so much for stopping by to read my article. I'm thinking that maybe you are right and Japanese gardens are similar. Smiles to you this morning.

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