This is a roof piece from the Daoist Temple in Wuhan
and a perfect 花 hua from the same temple garden.
Sometimes on our walks we will see people standing still, observing a plant, the canals or a bird. Tai Chi and Qi Gong seem to me practices to develop quiet contemplation. Notice how your hands and feet work with your breathing, etc.
While in the park of the Summer Palace in Beijing, we came upon a man writing calligraphy on the sidewalk using water:
His brush is a sponge on a tube attached to an old plastic water bottle and another tube. I imagine this set up is so he doesn't have to bend down so much.
I think this says ke shui - hard water(?)
莲花 Lian Hua Lotus Flower
Lotus Flowers are great objects for quiet contemplation. They are in temple ponds everywhere. The roots are also good to eat! The Buddhist Chant - 唵嘛呢叭咪吽 Om Mani Padme Hum - describes - the jewel within the lotus. Now that I've seen the lotus and its gold yellow center I understand why it would be useful for contemplation.
These days I am quietly contemplating my new granddaughter - my first grandchild. She is a Jewel. All my practice of quiet contemplation has lead me to Alisa Maria Robles Breneman!