Morikami Museum and Japanese Gardens

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I always find it. Always, always. No matter where we live there are places, where nature is honored and preserved. Today I “took the day off” and went to Morikami Museum and Japanese Gardens. It was lovely.

About 10 steps onto the path, I could feel my heart rate begin to settle down. It had been a very stressful week. Flashbacks of some of our most painful days-gone-by were front and center. Of course we are not in that exact place, but the PTSD part of my brain felt like we were and I had to do more work than you can imagine, on so many levels, to get us all on track. On top of that, all of us but HT were sick. Having to bring your A game when you are sick, is awful.

But anyway, the Japanese Gardens. So lovely. Driving in I was just appreciating so much that someone made this. Someone saved this. Someone, lots of someones got this going and people maintain it, and keep it up, and there are sacred places like this everywhere if you look for them.

The brochure answers the question, Why aren’t there signs on the plants to tell you what they are, etc.

The answer is they want the gardens to be restorative. Oh, think about that word.


They don’t want to trouble our minds with learning all the flora and fauna. They want you to chill out and just be there. Just be. Enjoy it. If you are someone who’s gotta know…there is a library on site where you can find out every little thing, but for the love of God, when you’re out in it, just be. And people do. Most of the people I crossed paths with today were reverent, quiet. The place kind of commands that.

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Despite my attempt at empty-minded reverence, I couldn’t help but learn a little. I learned that bamboo can be very, very thick. And noisy. It creaks and moans. And sometimes it sounds like a rooster when wind causes the trees to rub against each other. It would be very scary to be in a bamboo forest at night.

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I can’t ever come across a purple flower without thinking of The Color Purple:

“I think it pisses God off if you walk by the color purple in a field somewhere and don’t notice it.” 

I don’t really think it pisses God off. I don’t think God ever gets mad at us or offended. That’s humans creating God in their own likeness. Period. But I love that book and I loved the movie. Whoopie Goldberg in pure brilliance. Watching her Celie grow from the most timid insecure thing into a being possessing dignity and self-love was so beautiful.

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We could all stand to love ourselves more, couldn’t we? I know I could.

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“You yourself, as much as anybody in the entire universe, deserve your love and affection.” – Buddha

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The music of a waterfall is one of my favorite sounds.

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Blessings, blessings, pouring down.

Every breath a chance at restoration.

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Restore me.


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9 Responses to Morikami Museum and Japanese Gardens

  1. Carrie Link says:


    And for the LOVE of God, I agree with you. Just be for God’s sake!

  2. This was a breath I needed to take. Love I yearned for in my heart.

    Thank you, dear Michelle.

  3. kario says:

    Thank you for sharing that with us. I hope this week brings health back to you all and a sense of rebalancing. And I hope you have many more opportunities to visit that glorious place.


  4. Dee Ready says:

    Dear Michelle, thank you, in the midst of a tense and stressful time for you and your family, for taking care of yourself and going to the Japanese Garden and then sharing it with us through text and photographs. Restorative. Yes. I’m feeling that today with an expected rain shower and a coolness that bodes well for the coming of winter I need to simply take the day off and live in the present. It restores me to balance and equilibrium and a sense that at the deep center of myself I am One with you in that garden. Peace.

  5. question says:

    Off topic (sorry about that) but I was wondering if you know how the services are in Florida for kids on the spectrum once they age out of IDEA. Do they have any decent adult day services? It seems like so many states are awful at providing for adults with disabilities and wondered if you knew if Florida was a stronger state in this area.


  6. I’m sorry but I really don’t know about anything beyond high school in Florida. We’ve only been here a couple of months and we are one-day-at-a-timers, squeaking through middle school!

  7. Nina says:

    Really loved this. My grandfather was really into Japanese gardens and he built a small one (small statues, small bridge, etc) in the backyard of the house he built. After he died my parents bought the house–the house where I grew up!

  8. Meg says:

    Lovely. I’m so glad you found a quiet place for reflection in your new venue.

  9. Tanya Savko says:

    Gorgeous. The bamboo pic reminds me of the movie House of Flying Daggers. There’s a breathtaking scene in a bamboo forest.

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