This bench is in my backyard and every time I see it I want to sit here and meditate. Even on a sunny day when a big hat is required. I feel reverent in this nature spot and even after a year, can hardly I believe that I get to live here. I bow in gratitude. I remember Roshi Joan’s story about asking herself this question: “What do I need?” The answer she heard was: “To cherish relationship and to be worthy of relationship.” Gassho.