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Rest, Repose, Meditation, and Sentimental Pleasure

October 13, 2007

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. 

2 Comments leave one →
  1. Jo Fothergill permalink
    October 14, 2007 11:41 am

    thanks for sharing this … something to put on my list of things to do/places to visit – but also somewhere to go for quiet meditation

  2. melyndahuskey permalink*
    October 14, 2007 11:32 pm

    I think everyone in the whole world should go there. It really is the most amazing place–my pictures don’t do it justice at all.

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