My very good friend, Lynda, suggested we have dinner recently so we chose a restaurant that had been recommended to me but I knew nothing about.
Govinda's has been tucked away in a quiet, old established neighborhood of Tucson for over 20 years and is centered around the oldest of the modern religions, Hinduism. There are beautiful gardens and a temple on the grounds and I saw that many of the guests that evening stopped in the temple for some meditation before or after dinner.
We skipped the meditation but, since Lynda has a dairy allergy, we chose the night that featured a vegan buffet. I would not have expected it to be so good, but it definitely was, and very interesting.
...and a koi pond. By the end of the evening I was feeling pleasantly relaxed and de-stressed. Good food and good conversation are the best meditations I know of.
I found this sign in the garden and it seemed a worthy motto until I realized the Peepal Tree looked like the freeze got it. All that was left was a thin brown stalk.
But this is now growing in my cup holder and filling the RV with the loveliest scent. It is a gift from another of my friends, Debbie. It is now my substitution for gardening and provides a modicum of meditation for my soul...."Do not pluck the lovely hyacinth plant!"