Clump #188: Sort through three bags. Day thirteen of my 30-day, 30-post Bedroom Blast Challenge: clear out son’s room before he returns home with more stuff.
Today I had a good Skype-chat with our son and we confronted three piles from his room, including the dreaded “Miscellaneous.” We’ll keep the pile on the right. The other two are heading out, one way or another.
In documenting my visit yesterday to the tea ceremony at Shofuso Japanese House and Garden, I failed to mention the most important aspect: the tea ceremony was a physical demonstration of the concept of being in the present moment, of being mindful.
Each movement was so very deliberate. Each item in the ceremony had its purpose and was handled with care and attentiveness. The simplicity of the surroundings made the awareness of each item more distinct.
My friends and I were enamored with the Ikebana style flower arrangements adorning the house. I looked up Ikebana International when I got home and a definition on the official website read, “In principle, Ikebana aims not at bringing a finite piece of nature into the house, but rather at suggesting the whole of nature, by creating a link between the indoors and the outdoors.”
I know I will never achieve the austere beauty of the Shofuso House, after all, it’s not a real house where people live. But paring down our possessions will limit the visual field and allow us to more fully appreciate and honor the things we do want to keep …
And possibly link us a bit more to the outdoors.