With the hustle and bustle of every day activities, bonsai can provide you with a closer connection to nature. Similar to meditation, some have found that cultivating, pruning, and training bonsai help relax the mind and easy the stress from a typical workday. By focusing on the bonsai, you focus your attention away from your daily work anxieties and only toward the bonsai itself.
The Zen experience you feel is when you develop your inner peace through working with the plant. This can take the form of relaxing the tensions in your mind and by practicing controlled breathing. Although this may work for some, sometimes just appreciating the bonsai is enough to ease your stress.
So, the next time you are working with your bonsai, slow down and take the time to fully enjoy your tree.