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"the perfection of zen
is to be perfectly and simply human"--alan watts





i cross over and court an unhurried contemplation of the garden's beauty.



"for the man who says
he tires of his child
there are no flowers"
--basho



in this circular garden i greet the possibility of opening up to another way of viewing my "self"--i find my pace: unhurried, reflective--an essential observer.



"that soon they will die
is unknown
to the chirping cicada"
--basho

reflect: to become shelter, to become fortress, harbor, shield, protector . . .

to be in the presence of things that are growing, to still the mind, to be in the presence . .

to become one with that ever positive, ever moving force . .awake!



"the fireflies
fear their reflection
in the water"
--sute jo
the greening of the mind, the possibility of renewal and regeneration . . . growth!



stepping along this path, passing through this garden space, i am more attuned to how i am wandering through my own day to day life . .what is the level of consciousness i bring to my everyday tasks?
what is this wildness that waits in me?



i begin to imagine a simpler life, something pared down to what matters most.




"cry not, insects
for even stars in love
must endure separation"
--issa





contemplation, surrender to invisible breath, and return to the structures and routines that wait for me in a place i call my "home" . . . though this garden is always inside of me.

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