Rest, Repose, Meditation, and Sentimental Pleasure
I had to travel earlier this week for work. Lucky me, that meant a trip to the Japanese Garden in Portland, Oregon, one of earth’s sacred places.
Professor Tono, designer of the garden, wrote that it provides “secluded leisure, rest, repose, meditation, and sentimental
pleasure . . .”
It’s true. But more than that, after a little while in the garden, something shifts in my brain, and the world comes into focus. Each view, each leaf means something. Nothing is accidental. Nature communicates.
I didn’t take a picture of the most beautiful thing I saw: a small maple tree in a clearing, soaked in sunlight and rain that flowed over the dark, wet boughs and turned each tiny golden leaf into a fiery, burning star.