“The only Zen you find on the tops of mountains
is the Zen you bring up there.” ~Robert Pirsig
Yesterday I took a break from my post at my laptop to stroll Longwood Gardens with my husband Ralph. We took many pictures of daffodils and tulips and grape hyacinths and Spanish bluebells. There was a lovely silver garden filled with cacti and the trees were bursting with blooms. Robins, squirrels, and bees were enjoying the lovely spring day, too.
The garden was packed with visitors of all ages. Our friends, Mary and Paul, joined us for part of our walk. It is always amazing how I love to walk when I am there, From our home, it takes a little more than an hour to get there, or I would go several times a week. We hope to get back this week to see the rest of the tulips that are ready to pop!
Looking for peace of mind or that sense of serenity can be found in a place like Longwood Gardens, but only if you are ready to embrace everything around you. That means you can’t be looking at your watch or your Fitbit and you can’t be thinking of the work you left behind. It will still be there when you return. What you can do is breathe in and out (the hyacinths filled the air with a sweet smell – better than any store-bought perfume), take in the scenery, smile, laugh, hold your husband’s hand, take a few selfies, find a few places to sit, rest, relax, wonder, dream. Let the outside in; let the inside out. You hold the power to bring balance to your life.
A dear friend of mine, Janice Ewing, once told me to look at the blank squares on my calendar and mark one of them each week with Lynne or Lynne and Ralph before they fill up with work and organizational commitments. I have not been true to this practice, but recently, I have returned to it. This time is for renewal.
Here is the beauty of Longwood Gardens: