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....



  1. This looks just amazing! Very peaceful and relaxing place to stay. Nice share!

  2. Thanks Angela and Brisbane....serene and green!


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