Interesting to discover yet undiscovered. Sunday trip to the newly opened Dūmų fabrikas [Spaces for your events and cultural activities at Dūmų street 5, LT-11119, Vilnius]. Unfortunately, we didn't get inside, but the old-new harmony around fascinated me.
The Microscope Problem.
Sometimes I zoom in, as far as I can, to see the finest of details possible. There's so much going on at once. Its harmonious, but chaotic. Every little detail matters, everything counts. It's a lot of pressure to handle, anxiety-enducing even. It's as though the slightest upset could be catastrophic.
Sometimes I zoom all the way out. All I see is one cohesive unit. Strong, steady, calm. I'm completely removed from the situation. Each little cog spinning round is now irrelevant to me. I'm welcome to make errors, as I often do. Sure, what does it matter? Mistakes happen, right?
It can be so difficult to find the right balance between these two ideas. Focusing too much or too little changes rapidly day to day, if not minute to minute.
How does everyone try and find balance?
Book that I would like to recommend - Erin Niimi Longhurst, "Japonisme".
The authors writes in, seems to me, very modest japanese way, without pathos - even though there is definitely some pride to be taken for the traditions of thousands years old. It may be that our western world civilization stopped somewhere around "healthy mind in healthy body" and got on with waging wars, search for the right religion, burning of the not-right ideas, increasing wealth - and what was left for health, spiritual and mental side of the human nature, was left for arts and philosophy. It was definitely not forgotten, but, seems to me, never structured into coherent, harmonic to the tiniest detail system, improved by thousands of people through thousands of years. Even in psychology, we have several schools defining what is the best way to resolve issues with emotions, behavior and thinking, not even going into other areas.
So, this book is no way a complete guide to eastern wisdom, bet allows to peak into what was already tried and tested, and might help every one of us. This is story from the user of this knowledge point of view, but will help to look at our own lives from a different point of view. Many things that are a tradition for Japanese people, is also part of the modern western biopsychosocial - holistic - view of the human health. No one will be hurt by more peaceful concentration and mindful attention to work, writing, gardening, creating a flower design, drinking tea, walking in the forest, eating and mending broken things.