Gregory and I had a glorious day recently at the Portland Japanese Gardens strolling through the chi-filled gardens of verdant green moss, bright pink flowers and gentle water features. It's such a marvelous place for restoring your energy and mind--if you're in Portland, you must go!
We were so honored to particpiate in a Hana Matsuri ceremony (the 8th day of the 4th Lunar Month) celebrating the birhday of Buddha. This Hana (flower) and Matsuri (festival) was celebrated by placing a young Buddha in the middle of a flower-strewn altar and we lit gorgeous incense before him and poured sweet tea over Him after awhile of deep, resonant chanting.
We were also moved to tears to add our prayers to a memorial for the Japanese victims.
And our spirits lifted by the beautiful Ikebana--kept thinking how gorgeous it would be in our master bathroom with our Japanese soaking tub!
I have been spending time resting in our Meditation and Tea Garden out behind our townhouse.
In the mornings, I love to sit out here with pots of lapsang suchong tea and just BE--listening to the gurgling of the water feature next to Kuan Yin and the birds.
At night, Gregory and I light candles, the fire-bowl, incense and the over-head lights as we moon-gaze, listen to the frogs and drink sleepytime tea.
Although small, this wee garden has lots of fantastic Feng Shui: all five elements are represented; there is sound and movement with the bird-feeder and wind-chimes (not visible in the photo); the chi is easily able to meander through the space; it was deep cleaned to remove all stagnation; there's moving water with the fountain (with the flow going towards our home, not our neighbors'!); and it's filled with lots of love and prayer!