This holiday season I’m going to be sharing some of my favorite gift ideas for you guys to give to that friend, family member, significant other, boss, or anyone you’re not sure what to give to show you care this year!
Being highly into mindfulness and meditation, I’ve always wanted a Zen Garden. However, I never really thought about getting one for myself, this is what makes this gift such a universal fit. All of us could use a little relaxation and mindfulness in our lives, especially at the end of a long and busy year.
I’ve heard about Zen Gardens being a great way to relax, mindfully engaging in a creative activity, without a certain agenda or goal in mind. This is why a Zen Garden is such a great gift. They can be placed at your desk, coffee table, kitchen counter, or anywhere one might notice it and remind themselves to take some time just to “be” every now and then.
These gardens are a great way to clear the mind and get out of one’s own head. Buddhist monks practice the art of mandalas, creating a beautiful design out of colorful sand, which can take days or even weeks to complete, just to wipe it away. Why would they do this? This practice is used to show the impermanence of life, encouraging detachment from both mental and physical aspects of life, allowing one to be free and cope better with feelings of loss.
To read more on this ancient Buddhist practice, check out this article form the Huffington Post: https://www.huffingtonpost.com/sister-joan-chittister-osb/mandala-why-destroy-it_b_970479.html
If you’re wondering what to get someone this holiday season, consider this affordable gift idea, which can be gift-wrapped and shipped to your lucky person or to your home, either for yourself, or to give to someone else, available at https://www.amazon.com/dp/B01II9PHI4
With 14 different style Zen Gardens to choose from, which include various sand tools, garden accessories and extra sand; this is the perfect present for any taste!
I chose the yin-yang design Zen Garden because it is the most mindfulness and meditation related one, plus I love the look of it. The yin-yang symbolizes seeing the good in the bad, and the bad in the good, something I like to remind myself of daily. The idea of this ancient Chinese symbol is that everything contains these two energies, they cannot exist without one another, and they are never separate, in a way, they complete each other.
Check out a video of me using my Zen Garden at: https://vimeo.com/243560395
Available on amazon at https://www.amazon.com/dp/B01II9PHI4
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“Impermanent are all compounded things. When one perceives this with true insight, then one becomes detached from suffering: This is the path of purification.” –Buddha