Next, the first steps of childhood lead to hemlock maze, reflecting a period of ADVENTURE.
You definitely cannot see over the hedges unless it is on a decline.
At the top of the hill one discovers the TREE OF WISDOM, a white oak whose nuts contain the seeds of knowledge.
Continuing upriver, mid-life also brings the first taste of SORROW. In this garden the frame of a Native American teepee embodies our collective snse of loss.
After a time of sorrow, some are lucky enough to find a time for FORGIVENESS, depicted here by a stand of bamboo pols reaching for the sky. The gift of forgiveness is often followed by a period of JOY symbolized here by a garden of blueberries and raspberries for all to share. After leaving the garden of berries, the path turns to the left and climbs a gentle hill.
Once rested, the garden allows for a period of CONTEMPLATION, and Buddha is discovered overlooking a stone labyrinth. As old age settles in the path to the center of the labyrinth becomes smooth and level.
As a final gesture, the pilgrim re-enters the tunnel from which life began in the opposite direction. When traveling towards the West, the tunnel represents the GATEWAY TO ETERNITY, and so our story closes.
I hope it speaks to you at whatever juncture you are in your life as it spoke to me.
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