Danish furniture has come to symbolise the almost lost world of fine craftsmanship, where making a chair completely by hand is not out of the question, but considered something to aspire to.
Got to sneak away last weekend for some camping, two hours north of Melbourne, to an abandoned ‘ghost’ gold mining town called ‘Whroo’ and the best bit was there was no internet available!
Japan is a country not usually thought of as devoted to the notion of ‘Slow’. But in fact it is an intrinsic part of life, an internal concept applied to the everyday, contemplative meditation found by watching trees, flowers, hiking, even walking the streets.
“Then the shadows moved sideways, shifting the sunshine inch by inch from the terrace, and the lizards disappeared, and the valley deepened and darkened back into color and the hills cooled and hardened into scarred contours of ocher and crimson, and it was evening – another day which Chamberlain and I had wasted.”
Hunting around among the small things for something interesting is a great way of switching off from the everyday. The gentle focus required to find these treasures is a wonderful antidote to the often mentally tiring demands of modern life, not to mention a great way of learning about your local flora and fauna.
Recently I’ve been practicing meditation. One of the exercises involves being ‘present’ for a few minutes in every […]
Sometimes it helps to put on the brakes, or at least be very conscious of activities we do, whatever they are, training ourselves to focus on the acts of seeing, smelling, hearing… being aware of being.