Tome Ishi: Soft Stops on the Path to Recovery…

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The women of Sanford House took a trip to the Japanese Garden at Fredrick Meijer Gardens to experience solitude and find our tranquility. While strolling along the peacefully winding path around the large pond, we were able to bring the calmness of nature into our busy lives. On our journey, we noticed rocks tied up with black string at the boundaries of paths. We ignored several of these mysteries and continued on our way, but perhaps we should have stopped and taken stock.

Soft Stops…

The Japanese call these rocks “tome ishi” and they are strategically placed to provide “soft stops” and guide visitors off of prohibited spaces and back onto the path. It would be easy to sidestep the stopping stones, much like a large crack in the sidewalk. But no one does. It is all about respecting and surrendering to the gorgeousness of nature.

 

These beautifully packaged rocks are gentle reminders to return to the proper passageway.

 

Wouldn’t we all like soft, stopping stones on the pathways of our lives? On the path to recovery?

 

Japanese garden

Reflections…

 

Japanese pathway

Taking the right path…

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Sanford Behavioral Health is a residential and outpatient facility located in Grand Rapids, Michigan. Sanford offers excellence in evidence-based practice models in a home-like, restorative setting. Our clinicians, supported by our medical team, focus on resolving the underlying issues that often cause substance use, such as trauma, unhealthy relationships, co-occurring disorders and isolation. Programs include both in-person and telehealth: residential, day programs, intensive outpatient, outpatient, medication-assisted treatment (MAT), education and relapse prevention classes, one-on-one and family therapy, and alumni and family support groups. At Sanford, we want to inspire you to find your inner grit, rekindle your interests and engage your passion.