Tag: Wahrnehmung

Disovering Ljubljana

The plane to Ljubljana is the size of a bus. The small airport is close to the mountains. Ljubljana has an amazingly small railway station and countless bus lines on the station forecourt: 2 hours to Zagreb, 3.5 hours to Venice, 1.5 to Trieste. Travelling…

Überwältigend

Japantag in Düsseldorf. 700.000 Besucher werden in der Stadt erwartet. Auf dem Weg zum Rheinufer begegnet mir A. Nichts wie weg hier, sagt ihre Körperspannung: „Diese Menschenmassen. Ich muss nach Hause!“ Natürlich frage ich mich auf meinem weiteren Weg, was mich an so einer Veranstaltung fasziniert.…

kon·tem·p·la·ti̱v

wörtlich: beschaulich, besinnlich, konzentrierte Betrachtung, versunken Konzentriertes Betrachten ist eine Übersetzung, die mir liegt. Sich vertiefen und dabei – zumindest ein wenig – das Denken vergessen. Es ist eine sinnliche Erfahrung, mich mit dem zu beschäftigen, was gerade ist. Mich versenken und – vielleicht – am…

Do stuff

Do stuff. Be clenched, curious. Not waiting for inspiration’s shove or society’s kiss on your forehead. Pay attention. It’s all about paying attention. Attention is vitality. It connects you with others. It makes you eager. Stay eager.” Susan Sontag

Curiosity over Fear

Being on the move in Paris feels like going from one security checkpoint to the next at an airport. Open your photo pocket, empty your jacket and trouser pockets. You go through the barrier, past the security, and know exactly that everything can be completely…

Mindfulness

“Many people believe that mindfulness means acting carefully and cautiously, but that is not true. It is a code of conduct stemming from Buddhism that Western psychologists have taken up. It entails practising a certain attitude or frame of mind. Basically, it’s about being able…

Japanese Tradition

Historically, the hull of Japanese houses was composed of wood and clay on wickerwork with a wooden casing often made from cedar. The wood darkens with time. Windows and doors can be completely shut. That is nice during the summer heat, I imagine. Many of…

100% Rain

The day is flooded with rain and clouds. Yet it is still warm outside. Cyclists in simple ponchos and intensely colored waterproofs whiz past me. I buy the largest transparent umbrella available and start out. The Kyoto subway system is organized by color and number…

Kyoto’s Subtle Abundance

This town surprises me every day. Often I feel as if I am just superficially grasping at the surface of things. I wish I could come back and discover more. Temples, gardens, and historic places seem to invite me in. A lot of these places…