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Japanese Tea Garden in San Franciso

As you visit the Japanese Tea Garden, you’ll enjoy gorgeous landscapes and scenery complete with kaleidoscopic floral arrangements, waterfalls and koi ponds.  You will also see a rich display of Japanese culture by prominent structures such as the pagoda, a drum bridge and a tea house. What you probably won’t be able to see, however, is its rich history of the past – a past that many would rather forget. Most of the structures that you’ll see, such as the Mount Fuji landscapes, the pagoda, the Zen Garden, among others were actually additions made from 1960’s through 1980’s. The original gates, which are rich in history and culture, were restored in the 1980’s. It is a pretty big place to walk around and explore.If you get hungry or thirsty, there is a place inside where you can eat and drink tea while enjoying the scenery. Having a cup of Japanese tea while enjoying the sunshine is a wonderful experience. The small shop is worth taking a look too. I bought a Japanese wind chime, incense, …

Here comes the rain again

Today, I am thankful for the rain storms that are moving through our state, replenishing the aquifers and relieving the drought conditions we’ve had for six years. I marvel that wildlife survived through it all and I am sure there is a lesson in their example of perseverance. Makes me even more grateful to be warm and dry indoors. Rain drop by drop sun-showers I stand in half-light waiting to see something more the rain is here now Rain is here Cold air crackles with the hint of change Rainy silence filling the pale dawn small prayers Rain outside Mind after meditation A warm blanket May we all be a reflection of Divine Light and Love today. Love always, P

Walking and The Art Of It

When does your walking become an art? Art? It’s in the eye of the beholder. And in the mind of the creator… We can all find deep hidden meaning, or a forceful visual impact in the simplest things… Noticing, and maybe capturing, these moments can give a rich extra dimension to our walking experience… Often, we notice what others do not. Photos are of Torrey Pines Natural Reserve in San Diego when we hiked the Beach Trail.

Spirit Walk: A Meditation in Action

The simple act of walking has many rewards. It’s a great low-impact, cardio workout, an environmentally conscious mode of transportation, and walking is a wonderful moving meditation. I am able to enjoy the sights and sounds of nature and feel the sun, wind, or mist, all while being intensely aware of my body. Yet, walking meditation to me is more than just taking a leisurely stroll through the park. The result is a deep awareness of the body that carries through to a heightened awareness of my daily life. I live within a mile to a local park, bakery, restaurants, goodies store and many more: close enough that my feet are my transportation. My travel time would be greatly reduced if I rode my bike or a car instead of walking, and several times I have been asked why I do not do that. My reply has always been that I enjoy walking. My morning walks give me a chance to clear my head. I could worry about many things – family, people I’m mad …

The Flower Fields

Carlsbad Flower Fields is one of the spring picnic spots if you live in SoCal. The flower field is around 50 acres and has a burst of colorful flowers to watch. If you love flowers (like I do) then you must go and see this even for once in your lifetime The Flower Fields was truly a fun experience. It’s not something that lasts all day, but it’s a great way to kill a few hours… Beautiful flowers, the tractor is cute, and there is a beautiful photo opportunity at the top of the hill with the ocean in the background. There was a sweet pea maze when we went which was also pretty cute and fun. You’ll have a great time actually if you don’t take with you many great expectations. Just a fun, relaxing pretty day. This is a good activity for the entire family and those who just enjoy being outside with natural beauty and outside of the tulip fields in Holland, this was one of the best open air flower fields I’ve …

September

September brings the very particular sensations of fall. The clean, crisp air begins to fill us up with welcome relief from the summer’s heat and thoughts that journey back to days gone by. We reflect upon the past. A melancholy sometimes comes, a longing for people and situations that used to give us such joy. There is nothing unnatural about these thoughts. We let them come and we let them go. Our thoughts are cascades; our moods turn like the leaves. We let nature color our world without succumbing to sadness or depression.We allow nature to run her course through us in peace and understanding. P.S. I welcome me back! ⊂( ・ ̫・)⊃