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Walking is good for the body and meditating is good for the soul. Throw into the mix a dynamite location, the Mizumoto Japanese Stroll Garden, and you’re sure to experience a sense of serenity and peace of mind, says Nancy Schmidt, chair of the Friends of the Garden volunteer group that helps maintain the Stroll Garden, located within Nathanael Greene/Close Memorial Park.

Janice Murrell will lead the Walking Meditation at 9 a.m. on Saturday, April 27, 2013. The Meditation Stroll is free of charge, but admission to the Stroll Garden is $3.

“With our busy lives and our own ‘mind noise,’ we tend to lose touch with the peace and joy that is available in each moment, the sun and breeze upon our face, sound of birds singing and the gratefulness in being alive,” said Murrell. “The practice of Walking Meditation brings us back to be fully present and aware with every step, filling each new moment with peace, joy and gratefulness.”

Since 1986, the Mizumoto Japanese Stroll Garden has attracted thousands of visitors to its more than seven acres of lush and mature landscaping, waterfalls, winding paths, meditation areas, ponds, bonsai shelter, tea house, pagoda and other features. The garden was named in honor of Yuriko Mizumoto Scott, the first Japanese war bride to come to the U.S. after World War II.

The volunteer members of the Friends of the Garden, together with Master Gardeners of Greene County, other nonprofit organizations and the staff and employees of the Springfield-Greene County Park Board, create and maintain the gardens within the 114-acre public park at 2400 S. Scenic Ave.

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