In Japanese culture, Zen gardens They symbolize the universe itself. They are representations on a dwarf scale of the traditional gardens of the Japanese Empire. For centuries they have been used as a technique to meditate and are made up of different pieces that are symbols of the different planes of personal reality. At present there are many who are pointing to this new trend and there are even those who have created a life-size in their own garden.
Because of their genuine beauty, Zen gardens (called karesansui in Japanese) are also used as ornamentation for any environment. If you are one of those who seek balance and peace through the art of decoration, you may fall in love with these small gardens, which aim at mental abstraction, promote relaxation and release internal stress and fears, combining aspects of the Buddhist philosophy with gardening.
They are constituted by a small box in whose interior we find a plot with fine sand of little depth, stones and a rake. These are the main components, although they can be accompanied by other decorative elements, such as candles, figures, seashells, bonsai or bamboo.
This ancestral method is based on the fact that negative emotions can be neutralized by raking different figures in the sand. This minimal scenario comes to represent our own inner world: we can also capture our desires and draw them. The sand is the pit on which these desires materialize, while the stones symbolize the obstacles we encounter along the way.
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