Sand Tray Therapy Class Assignment: Zen Garden Student 4

by Student 4
(Mercer University)

Sand Tray Therapy Class Assignment: Student 4

Sand Tray Therapy Class Assignment: Student 4

The construction of the sand tray therapy zen garden was very fun. I did not have the resources at hand immediately so I got to go outside and dig around for the rocks and things that I wanted to put in the garden. I went out shopping to find my base and I found a big green bowl that caught my eye, the color was bright and attractive and made me think of things that go in nature. In the instructions I saw that it suggested to get some greenery. I did not want just little shrubs or anything like that so I found some daisies in my back yard that I thought would work well.
When I got to work constructing my sand tray therapy zen garden I found myself placing the rocks and things around the daises almost to represent how a real garden would look. I liked my end result a lot and found it very vibrant but still nice and relaxing.
I made the rake I used to move the sand out of toothpicks and hot glue. When it was dry and I had fashioned it to my liking I began to rake the sand. Circles were a little difficult for me to make given the placement of the objects in my garden, I did not want to disturb them. I found myself making arches instead that were more appealing to me and easier to maneuver. I found the exercise to be very calming and enjoyable. I have kept my zen garden and I plan to use it regularly, especially when I am feeling anxious. I think the garden will help me clear my head and calm down as it did when I first made it.

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