Mayumi Oda, I Opened the Gate, Laughing: An Inner Journey
Mayumi’s inner journey meant getting divorced from her husband (John Nathan) and reconnecting with the Buddhism of her youth, as well as finding her path through gardening and connecting to the earth. This book has many colorful prints of her garden, fruits and vegetables (radishes, cabbages), other creatures (frogs, spiders, and insects) and strong women role models, aka goddesses (Green Tara).
I realize I first encountered Mayumi back in the late 80s and early 90s when I was reading the first books of Thich Nhat Hanh published through Parallax Press; she contributed the drawings. In addition to revisiting and enjoying them, I will continue to reflect on the following passages from I Opened the Gate, Laughing …
We both maintained exciting professional lives in NY. Life was very exhilarating, but somehow it didn’t make much sense to me.
Everything I have done is in the service of Gaia’s garden.
My heart was calm and my eyes were open.
Many times I felt like a failure at living my life.
My heart still pounds with the mystery of this blossoming out of wet, black soil. Read the rest of this entry »