A Thread of History: Teahouse Poems to Nurture the Past and Rewild the Spirit
The Beauty of Belonging
August 08, 2021
- French philosopher Simone Weil famously wrote that ''to be rooted is perhaps the most important and least recognized need of the human soul." In this monthly episode, I explore the need for rootedness, for a true sense of belonging, through the lens of the current pandemic and the emotional and spiritual space it has opened up for us.
- I also explore the need for rootedness as defined by the philosophy of ''wabi-sabi'', which I first encountered as a child via the art of Japanese anime.
- Finally, I invite you to revisit the mental and spiritual space that opens up to us when we allow ourselves to ''return to the self'' by embracing a newfound sense of belonging in a fractured world.
"Prelude'', Yakov Golman, Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 International (CC BY 4.0)
Couturier, Andy. The Abundance of Less: Lessons in Simple Living from Rural Japan, Berkeley, CA, North Atlantic Books, 2017.
Weil, Simone. The Need for Roots: Prelude to a Declaration of Duties towards Mankind, London and New York, Routledge, 2002.
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