Muffling the World in a Garden

 Meet everyone and everything through stillness
rather than mental noise.

 ~ Eckhart Tolle

Stillness is a state of mind. 
And it is also a state of being, best felt outdoors in a natural locale.
The stillness of a landscape filled with birdsong and babbling water induces a sense of peacefulness, where  'mental noise' may cease and quietude reigns.  In this atmosphere, uplifting thoughts begin to take root...
Pico Iyer wrote about this beautifully:
“I loved the quiet places in Kyoto, the places that held the world within a windless moment. Inside the temples, Nature held her breath. All longing was put to sleep in the stillness, and all was distilled into a clean simplicity.”  ―  Video Night in Kathmandu: And Other Reports from the Not-So-Far East

Gardens created with a 'clean simplicity' are very special indeed. They are at the heart of serenity outdoors. 

enkou-ji, Kyoto

These landscapes must be muted - whether it is by plants, screens, the sound of water or the dimness of shade - the muffling of the world outside helps us to focus on the stillness within.

Cascade by Johnsen Landscapes & Pools

Put together, these design elements buffer and insulate to create a place of repose where we can feel the stress of the day simply slough off as we walk....



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