We parked the car at the entrance to the garden. We left behind our phones, wallets and everything else, as we walked away from the car, into a space of great beauty. We let go of ourselves, absorbed in the deep silence of that space. Perhaps the only thing that connected us to the world outside was the car key in my pocket. But then, as we were about to leave the garden, I realised that there was no key in my pocket. I had left it behind, in one of the three spaces inside the garden, where I had allowed myself to rest and to let go of the cares of the world. We walked back, my wife and I, to all three spaces. No key. I reported the loss of the key to the garden office. A woman from the garden office accompanied me again to look for the key, to the very same spaces. No key, of course! I assured her that the one who finds it will surely bring it to the office. She seemed less sure about it than I was. 

I wondered whether there was a deeper meaning to all of this. The car and its contents ( mobile phones, wallets etc.) represent our life here, giving us the possibility to travel, to communicate, to consume. Losing the key to it, allows you to contemplate the locked car from the outside, with no access to your phones, or, to your wallets, or, to the umbrella that would have been helpful in shielding you from the Sun, on your long walk to get hold of a mechanic, or, a thief, who could open the car, and even start it for you, without a key. In a flash you see, that without that key, your car and all that it contains serves no purpose. In that same instant you see, that without meditation, you are locked out of your own life, quite unprepared, for the moment of death, as sudden as the moment you find out that you no longer have your key. 

What is the point of having everything in life, when you have lost the key to access the joy that life contains? What is the point of having a car, however beautiful, when you can go nowhere with it? 

That garden returned my key. Now I pray that I might never lose it again. It surely would have been more serious, to lose the garden and all that it contained!