Slowing Down: Japanese Gardens
What’s the rush? — This past Sunday, I explored the Japanese garden at Frederick Meijer Gardens with my parents. Upon arriving at the entrance gate, my father said, “it’ll be quicker if we go this way.” This utterance took me aback. Why rush? We went to the garden to experience nature and calmness. Our calendars were empty. The first sentence of the Japanese garden’s description on the website reads, “Tranquility, simplicity and beauty are the very essence of a Japanese garden.” Urgency and tranquility don’t coexist.