“People usually consider walking on water or in thin air a miracle. But I think the real miracle is not to walk either on water or in thin air, but to walk on earth. Every day we are engaged in a miracle which we don’t even recognize: a blue sky, white clouds, green leaves, the black, curious eyes of a child — our own two eyes. All is a miracle.”
―Thich Nhat Hanh
On a weather-moody Saturday on Maui, my mother and I drove north to Pai’a and Makawao to soak in some north shore surfer-hippie culture and so I could share The Sacred Garden of Maliko with my mom. I had visited this sanctuary in February this year and felt the spiritual pull to return — to experience the peace, solitude, quiet, beauty, and calm of the place.
And of course, for me, the Buddha statues, stones, and labyrinths are of particular heart-full interest to me. I feel like I come home to myself when surrounded by the soft, gentle faces of Buddhas, the groundedness of stones, the winding paths of labyrinths that have been carefully drawn into the earth.
I could have stayed all day, really. Just my journal and me. A spot of tea. And indeed the sanctuary folks encourage it. But on this day, we were just little wisps of wind passing through, needing to tour and then find lunch and then be on our way again. One day, Sacred Garden of Maliko, I *will* spend an entire day finding my place of peace amidst your stone and gravel paths, fountains, statues, stones, and botanical wonders.
For now, though, I just have more photographs, which I will share with you, sprinkled with some of my favorite mindfulness quotations from some of my favorite teachers.
What are you most drawn to in these images and quotations? Where do you find yourself breathing more fully, smiling, tearing up in resonance, or feeling a sense of inner peace? I’d love for you to share in the comments below.