I was at a meeting at another agency that was built in the years when civil service was a respected nd honored activity. The garden is clearly maintained, but I have never seen anyone in it, and wonder whether entrance by anyone other than maintenance is permitted. Does the solitary air of the garden make it feel more personal and sweet? Or does it seem isolated and less intriguing because of the absence of people?
I wonder whether people who are naturally drawn to meditate would be the ones who would answer yes to the first question and no to the second.
If I worked in that agency, I think I would consider that courtyard as a meditation space if it were not the case that lots of peoples’ office windows look down into it! But if I had one of those window offices, that’s where I would look during my noontime meditation.