Monday, November 08, 2010

The Meditation Garden

It's so depressing when the time changes in the Fall. I loathe when I get off work and walk out the door and it's dark outside. I think to myself every night when I go to bed: "I'm going to get up early and be at work at 7am so when I leave work I still have a couple hours of daylight!" Yeah, whatever. A morning person I am not! Each night I set my alarm to get up and end up snoozing for over an hour. The bed is so comfortable that I'd rather lay there being annoyed by the alarm. Most times I actually reset the alarm so I can sleep longer. I've never been one of those people who can jump out of bed at the first sound of the alarm. Those people are annoying (but how I envy them!)

This time change is really cramping my "favorite time of day" photo taking time! You know that time of day when the sun is setting and it turns everything a beautiful golden color and everything glows? Seeing the sunset on the city like that always reminds me of a day I spent in Bath, England. Most of the buildings I saw in Bath were made of this gorgeous honey-colored stone that just glowed in the sunlight! Every time I see the sunset and the glow on the city, I'm always reminded of the day I spent in Bath. So beautiful!

The other day after CupcakeCamp I told Robin that I wanted to go over to St. Francis Hospital (where I had my thyroidectomy) to check out the new meditation garden. My friend Joan of Charleston Daily Photo posted a blog entry with photos of the garden that she took on a recent foggy morning. So gorgeous! I just had to go see what it was all about! We headed over there and it was a race against the sun since it was around 5:30pm. I think we arrived just in time!

What a beautiful, peaceful spot! It's just another reason to love Charleston!
(See the full set of photos HERE)


Joan Perry; Sidewalk Curator said...

They are lovely! Isn't it a beautiful spot? You don't realize it until you are under those giant oaks. So peaceful. I will link to you photos when I get a chance. Thanks!

Clytie said...

What a wonderful place for meditation. Those giant oaks are breathtaking, especially when draped with the spanish moss ... and the sun peeking through to say goodnight.

I would go there to meditate. Definitely.

Pamela said...

@Joan - the oak that is split in the middle... do you know what happened to it to make it like that?

I think the garden is a wonderful place for people if they need a break while visiting a loved one in the hospital - especially in a terminal situation. I can't tell you how I wish I had something like this available when I went through situations like that. Waiting on a bench outside a hospital ER to get some fresh air just isn't the same as this gorgeous place!

Joan Perry; Sidewalk Curator said...

I love that tree. I don't know what happened to it. One morning when I walked by there were crutches laying on the ground next to the tree and I tried to start the Legend of the Healing tree, imagining that it had been struck by lightening and had positive energy.

Pamela said...

I would LOVE to put a cache there - it's too amazing not to see. Do you think the hospital would approve it if it's done respectfully? Who would I contact? I love the idea of the Legend of the Healing Tree! Didn't you post photos in your blog of them? How does someone forget their crutches? A mystery that will never be solved...