Quieting the Mind
Blossoms fluttering in the breeze. Cloud-speckled sky reflected in a pond. A split path beckoning in two directions.
Focusing on those simple things can clear away the clattering clutter in our heads.
During my years living in Japan, finding a quiet moment to still the mind became a genuine necessity. City life meant crowded trains, crowded streets, hustle and bustle on every front: work, shopping, even leisure time. Stress—from outside, and from within.
Quiet places to escape the stressful cacophony are more easily found outdoors, but I learned in Japan to find my Zen moments anywhere. A small, second story window in a rattletrap apartment, too high to see out, provided the sound of a nearby bamboo tree swaying in the breeze. I still miss gazing up at the moving shadow of that bamboo tree, and the calming moments it offered.
But still, given the choice, I go outdoors to find mind-stilling spaces. The calming force of nature is also one of the best medicines I offer my special needs son.
Not every outing has to be a long hike. Finding a place to stop and contemplate falling flower petals can be just as reenergizing.
This week’s Hike Notes introduce a Japanese Tea Garden Stroll, an easy walk through the garden paths of the Japanese Tea Garden in San Francisco’s Golden Gate Park.
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Hike Notes 56: Japanese Tea Garden Stroll
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