Bring Some Serious Zen to Your Outdoor Living Space
Sometimes all you need in your day is a little serenity. Achieving this in your own backyard doesn’t need to be difficult. Adding appropriate statues can help bring a sense of Zen to your outdoor living space. Including a water feature can help you in your relaxation and meditation, as water sounds are often used to achieve deeper levels of calm. We’ve got some suggestions for items you can use to transform your backyard into a place you can work to reach Nirvana.
Zen III Garden Water Fountain
Featuring three frogs in the familiar Lotus Pose, this piece is both playful and productive. Placing the 18-inch tall Zen III Garden Water Fountain in your garden or wherever you may choose to do your outdoor meditation will almost certainly help guide your efforts with the calming sound of water as it flows twice over. Thanks to its relatively small size, this fountain can work in a multitude of locations, though you’ll want to keep it away from anything too tall, as to avoid covering the amphibians holding up the 20.5-inch basin. I could see this working very well in the middle of a circle of fragrant flowers, with a comfortable bench or seating area nearby. The Zen III Garden Water Fountain can be found among many of our other Cast Stone Fountains.
Cubist Floor Fountain
When I first saw the Cubist Floor Fountain, I was swept away to a Japanese temple. Quiet and calm, with stones and cascading water, this fountain is an impressive sight. Standing at nearly three feet tall, the fountain features straight lines with water bubbling from a large center column. It flows down the face of the column onto river stones in a wide, beveled basin below. The design gives it a smooth sound, as opposed to a fountain in which the water moves through streams. Thanks to the inclusion of the stones, the water constantly moves through different patterns, never quite sounding the same. Since it is designed for both indoor or outdoor use, the Cubist Floor Fountain can go absolutely anywhere you want to add a little bit of Zen. Our Asian Fountains are a sure way to invite zen into your living space.
Low Zen Sphere Garden Water Fountain
Don’t let the short stature of this fountain fool you, because what it lacks in height, it makes up for in calming qualities. After water emerges from the top of the large sphere in the middle of the nearly 40-inch basin, it flows along the sides, gently kissing the surface of the liquid below before again making the journey. This process is not different from the Buddhist concept of reincarnation, which is something on which you can meditate as you enjoy the sight and sound of this beautiful fountain. Placed in a clear area of your yard, or even in the middle of your patio, the Low Zen Sphere Garden Water Fountain makes an eye-catching addition to any outdoor relaxation space. Garden Water Fountains come in a variety of sizes, making it possible to have the sound of soothing water even in small spaces.
Buddha Head Garden Statue
Sometimes having the right scenery is all you need to set the mood and get a good Zen feeling going. This Buddha Head Garden Statue is so intricately designed one might think it came straight from a Buddhist temple in India. With its closed eyes, the Buddha statue evokes a calming sense of peace. One or more of these would make a great addition to a garden deck. I can picture two of these on the corner of a deck, flanking a circle of pillows on which you and your guests can sit and relax, meditating over the day’s happenings. If this sounds like something you would enjoy, our Buddha Statues are one of a kind!
Buddha Outdoor Water Fountain
If you’re digging the Buddha Head Garden Statue but want to kick it up a notch, this incredible piece is right up your alley. It is striking in both its size and symmetry. The intricately made Buddha head makes its return in the middle of a 75-inch basin, which features 12 platforms symmetrically placed across its surface. This is something designed to withstand the test of time, both in its construction and its style. Placed in a lush green area, or something that stands as a contrast to one of the incredible color options offered, the Buddha Outdoor Water Fountain is sure to catch every eye that turns its way. Thanks to the water sounds and Zen style, this fountain will help you achieve whichever state of relaxation you desire. If you long to make an impression on others - or yourself, Modern Outdoor Fountains are a sure way to do it!
Yoga Dog Cast Stone Garden Statue
What better example of calm and serenity is there than the loyal dog? During play times, they may be loud and happy as they run around, but so do we all. When the time comes, though, a good dog will relax with you and stay by your side. The Yoga Dog Cast Stone Garden Statue pays tribute to man’s best friend, featuring a relaxed pup in a pose similar to the Burmese meditation position. With a smile on his face, the dog inspires calm, happy feelings, and at its small stature, it will fit anywhere you need it. If you need more of man’s best friend, our dog statuary will surely capture your heart!
Yoga Cat Cast Stone Garden Statue
Not to be forgotten is the more fickle of man’s companions, the cat. The Yoga Cat Cast Stone Garden Statue features a flexible feline, reaching into the air while sitting in the full lotus pose. Much like their canine counterparts, cats can be feisty. In my experience, however, they are most often found relaxing, lounging in a ray of sunlight or balancing atop a tall structure. Fickle though they may be, cats are calm and collected, almost as though they are in a constant meditative trance. Just be sure to keep them away from the catnip. If the feline style is calling to you, we have quite the collection in our cat statuary.
Whether abstract or artistic, fluid or static, adding something a little extra to your outdoor spaces can help you reach the Zen style you may aim to achieve. Bringing in a statue or water feature is a great way to help your small part of the world feel much more calming than the one outside, it doesn’t matter if you’re aiming for aesthetics or trying to hit those deeper levels of meditation. Keep these things in mind as you continue to shape your world into whatever you may wish it to be.
- Candace Osmond