All of us need a place to rest and restore. For many, it's the meditation hall at our local temple. For others, the place might be in a forest deep or along the ocean shore. For me, the place is in the mountains of the American west. Sometimes, if fortune shines on us, we can abide in this place of restoration.
My new Arizona home is located in the Mule Mountains. The property included a small out-building that had been used as an art studio. Now, repainted and cleaned, it serves as a personal meditation space: Resting Mule Pavilion.
The pavilion is simple and spare, containing a small altar, a calligraphy by Zen Master Seung Sahn, a gift from the dear sangha at Cambridge Zen Center, and a single mat. I practiced in the pavilion this morning and felt doubly blessed - first by the practice and second by having a home. May everyone find both.