Monday, November 5, 2012

OUR WORLD - A Zen Moment

Having to go into the metropolis to see our accountant about
our quarterly tax statement (not the greatest pleasure in life), 
I went a little early so I could spend 20 min.
 in the Japanese garden.

The day was muggy and hot and the light was scattered
and grey

yet, once you were inside, the gentle order and peace seeps 
into ones very soul

and makes a tremendous difference to one's day.

After such a short space of time, I left refreshed in body and soul.
Inner peace is such a wonderful commodity and guess what? 
Its free for the taking in just a few minutes.


  1. I am all in favour of inner peace ArijA - to me it is the most important thing.

  2. Feine Momente der Ruhe und Meditation. Wunderschöne Fotos aus dem japanischen Garten...

    Zen 禅

    Sanfter Glockenklang...

    Schwingungen versetzen in Meditation
    Stille wird hörbar gehörtes fühlbar
    Düfte wandeln sich in Atem
    Grenzen werden geöffnet

    Herz und Seele weiten sich aus
    Ruhe wandelt sich ins Unendliche
    Harmonie erfüllt das Innere
    Wandeln im Garten der Unendlichkeit

    Gedanken werden geboren
    Verschmelzen sich langsam
    mit der absoluten Einheit
    in die Unendlichkeit des Seins

    © Hans-Peter Zürcher

    Herzlichst und liebe Grüsse Dir


  3. Why do we like Japanese gardens or formal gardens? Do you think it is because we have an innate desire to order things? As much as I love the wild nature, I relish formatted gardens. Hope the tax business is done. Good luck. Take care, dearest Arija. Tsup!

  4. thank you, arija, you made me stop for a moment and breathe.

  5. I love your captures for the day!! Our Japanese gardens here in Seattle are so very lovely as well and you can't stroll through them without finding moments of beautiful, inner peace! Hope you have a good week, Arija!!

  6. Beautiful place. It does look very peaceful.

  7. One would be greatly at peace in such surroundings. Lovely photos Arija, I hope your day has gone well.

  8. One of my favourite places, and always so quiet in the middle of the hustle and bustle. The waterlily is beautiful -such a pretty shade of pink.

  9. Beautiful Japanese Garden...there's one in Portland (about 100 miles from where we are) and I really wanted to visit it again this year, but I don't think we're going to make it. So thanks for sharing your moment of Zen..I needed it today.

  10. Seems like those gardens are the perfect respite from the tax man.

  11. The Japanese Gardens at Cowra have the same wonderful effect. I love the use of colour and form and the innate tranquility.
    I hope your peace and serenity lasts.

  12. It looks like a beautiful and peaceful place - well worth a little earlier start to the day.

  13. A very peaceful and beautiful 20 minutes. Gorgeous photos, thanks for sharing this lovely garden!

  14. You are so privileged to be in that lovely garden, it really looks so meditative, cleansing our spirit!

  15. Beautiful and peaceful garden. I too love Japanese gardens.

  16. What luscious greens...beautiful.

  17. Delightful way to calm the mind before visiting the tax office (and maybe afterwards also)!

  18. Nice pictures you show :)
    Hanne Bente

  19. 20 minutes to delight the soul and spirit and give one beautiful. Love, hugs and blessings your way~

  20. So beautiful! The water lily shot is just lovely.

  21. Husband had an appointment at St. Andrews on South Tce yesterday -we drove past the Japanese gardens and I thought of you. Hope you are having a good week.

  22. Serenity and bliss. Free and gained in only 20 minutes. Someone should bottle that and make millions.


  23. A beautiful place to find inner serenity!

  24. We all need a bit of peace in our lives now and then, and what better place than with nature. I can only imagine how you felt when you left.
    Take care my friend. You are ever in my thoughts.

  25. I think that this could be the first time a post has included "tax" and "zen"! Looks like a good looking garden.

    Thanks for the comment on my blog - I've been in Oman for a week hence slow reply!

    Cheers - Stewart M - Australia

  26. Hi there (again!) - I sad to say that i spent almost all of the time I was in Oman in Muscat - I was presenting at a conference and had to leave almost as soon as it was over - I did manage to get a few hours out of Muscat, but I only really saw the dry coastal area.

    I'm not sure there will be a next time there, but if there is I'll try harder to get some extra time!

    Cheers - Stewart M - Melbourne.

  27. What a delightful garden. I like to mix unpleasant tasks with pleasant ones. I usually go to a garden or museum when I have doctor's appointments, time permitting.


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