As I am not always able to drive the 150 kilometres to sit in this wonderful garden I started to wonder, like always, when returning from an extraordinary place, whether or not I appreciate my immediate surroundings enough and if there is a place, which might become my personal Buddha garden. Besides my breathing room, I mean. I did come up with a spot in a park with very old trees here in my hometown.
Now I am asking you – do you have happy places nearby you really like and which have dropped out of your mind lately?
Maybe you could make a list for yourself of places nearby you might want to visit (with or without camera), being aware of the details you love about this place.
I recommend bringing a thermos with tea, maybe you are like me and enjoying tea slows you down in a healing way, too. ….so you are likely to sit down at your special place, slowly drink your tea, breathing in the scent of the tea…breathing out and living in the very moment.
Drink your tea slowly and reverently,
as if it is the axis
on which the world earth revolves –
slowly, evenly, without
rushing toward the future;
Live the actual moment.
Only this moment is life.
-Thich Nhat Hanh-