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If you need something new in your life, follow along with me on this blog, Create & Change. Together for 365 days, we will take tiny steps to make something new. As you move along, report back along the way. 

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Day 65 - Tiny Zen.

Day 65 - Tiny Zen.

Day 65 - Hi There. It's Saturday. Hopefully it is a day of relaxing for everyone. Wasn't this week stressful? I found myself plopped down in front of my computer, my blood boiling and steam coming out of my ears a lot this week. Sitting in traffic and getting cut off by people who think they are more entitled than everyone sent my blood pressure soaring. Factor in over stimulation from a bunch of electronic devices, daily demands of life and copious amounts of caffeine and it's a perfect stress storm.

Nature always makes me feel better. Studies show walking in nature positively changes the brain. More information on "How Walking In Nature Changes The Brain" can be found here at The New York Times. However, we don't always have time to get outside to nature so let's bring the outside in.

Today's project is to create a Tiny Zen Garden for a desk or side table. Here is what you will need:

Tiny Zen Garden Project List

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First, let me start by saying finding the right sand for the Tiny Zen Garden is key. Extra fine powdery sand is needed for this project and it was hard to find. I looked in 3 or 4 stores and then ended up just ordering it from Amazon. Next, absolutely find a container for your Tiny Zen Garden that has a lid or use a dish that can be placed into another container. The sand does tend to go everywhere when not enclosed.

Once the container and sand are collected, take a 10 min walk and find natural objects. Flowers, rocks, moss and a small stick for drawing the sand. Bring the objects back and assemble the Tiny Zen Garden. Pour the sand into your dish, place the natural objects and the Tiny Zen Garden is ready to go

Do some drawing the in sand. Move some rocks around. Switch out the flowers. I found it pretty incredible how much better I felt just dragging the stick through the sand as I sat at my desk.

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What do you think?  Will you try to find your Zen today?



Day 66 - Botanical Adventure.

Day 66 - Botanical Adventure.

Day 64 - You've Been Gnomed!

Day 64 - You've Been Gnomed!