Jennifer Garner Shared a Video of a Zen Garden — Here Are Some Calming Desktop Versions

published Jul 28, 2021
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Jennifer Garner recently reminded Instagram just how wonderful zen gardens are. Garner shared a video from designer and zen master Yuki Kawae, which he titled, “Line study & Light experiment,” and both Kawae and Garner make a strong case to bring back the tabletop zen gardens from days of yore. 

“A moment of quiet,” Garner captioned the clip. Actress and writer Mindy Kaling commented, “Thank you for posting this. It’s so zen-making.”

Kawae posts zen garden meditations to his Instagram feed, each of which feature tools he has handcrafted himself. The designs he makes aren’t very complex, but they’re introspective, a bit unexpected, and oh-so peaceful to watch come to fruition. 

Back in the early 2000s, tabletop zen gardens were in homes and offices everywhere. They offered a bit of peace in a world of chaos, but they’ve since gone out of style.

However, with offices beginning to open up after months of working from home, those who are having a tough time transitioning back into everyday work life may need more than a zen garden video to recenter themselves.

A great starter zen garden kit is the one from Etsy seller ZenfyBoutique. It comes with the black-stained tray, white sand, a bamboo rake and two decorative figures.

Marie Kondo also sells a desktop zen garden through her KonMari shop — a great option for those who may feel overwhelmed trying to get those Kawae-like straight lines.

Each garden is handcrafted in Portland, Oregon, and features interesting spherical shapes that create abstract art in the sand.

You can already feel the tension melting away.