Guest Author - Letta Meinen
Muso Soseki, a Zen priest and poet known as the father of the Zen rock garden, was born in Japan in 1275, and died in 1351 where he had created one of his last outdoor rock gardens.
A Zen garden can create a feeling of space in your home or office - or impart a sense of order and a spirit of tranquility and calm. The gardens are a means to discover the sources and strengths of our natural humanity which, according to Zen teaching, is calm, sincere and capable of facing all matters in life with calmness and perfect composure.
The indoor Zen garden is an enclosed shallow sandbox containing sand, gravel, rocks, or other natural elements. The main elements are rocks and sand, with the symbols not of water but by sand raked in patterns that suggest rippling water. Zen gardens are often, but not always, meant to be viewed from a seated perspective.
Zen Rock Gardening is an ancient stress relieving activity. Zen Gardening helps clear the mind of the chaos associated with everyday business life. This Web site company offers indoor Zen Rock Gardens are for contemplations, finding truth and personal enlightenment while sitting at your desk. Check out their Web site to order a Zen Garden to suit your intertest we recommend the Golf Zen Garden. http://www.officeplayground.com/zengardens.html. This one is neat because not only is it a sand Zen Garden, but it's has a golf theme and features a flag stick, two small golf balls, sand and a rake.
Zen Gardens may seem a bit silly at first, but they are really peaceful to have on your desk. It gives you ten minutes to relax and looking at it helps settle your mind. With the golf Zen Garden you can dream of that sought after birdie or an exciting game you have played. These would make a great gift for that avid golfer in your family or for yourself.
There are many things that can relax the mind and body. In all things that zen can teach you it should relax you and calm your mind. These are all good things to use when playing golf. Relax with your Zen garden and take that feeling with you to the golf course.