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This month's little big question:
What are the most memorable little things in your life?
Every month, we'll pose a little big question for you to chew on, and share answers from some awesome people doing interesting things...
Most of us don't struggle to recall the big memorable moments of our lives. You know, things like graduation, childbirth, marriage etc.
But we aren't so good with the little things.
Like a particularly beautiful sunset, or the first time you managed to flip a bottle successfully.
The Happiness Research Institute did some research, and it turns out savouring positive experiences, big or small, increases your happiness. And thing is, big positive experiences tend not to be an everyday thing.
That's partially what makes them 'big', their novelty and rarity.
But that does NOT mean that there aren't plenty of positive experiences in everyday life to savour. And we at empori reckon, if you put your mind to it, you can probably recall a fair few.
In fact, that's exactly what we are challenging you to do this month.
To recall the most memorable little things in your life!
For us, it's the featured image for the month up above.
We were at Tokyo Disney Sea (aka happiest place on earth), and it was evening time. There was a staff on balloon duty, and somehow the soft golden sunlight happened to hit the strings of the balloons just right.
It was a ridiculously little thing: the strings of a bundle of balloons, not even the balloons themselves. But I don't know, to us that was the epitome of warm and fuzziness. That was the theme park experience in a nutshell somehow. Many small delights woven together and bathed in a magical light.
Recalling that moment still sparks so much warmth and wonder in us.
But that's us. What about you?
While you mull over some answers, here are answers from our furry and reptilian friends: Nya & Alan!
Share your memorable little things with us below 👇 !
We know that Acai bowls, Kombucha and the words 'celebrate mindful living' might ring some serious alarm bells for those of you who are jaded by the spirituality/mindfulness movement. But hold your skeptical horses (mythical or otherwise) for just another paragraph longer.
Te Awa ('the river' in te reo Maori) is founded by newly wedded couple Cait and Guy who hail from New Zealand, a qualified counsellor and carpenter respectively. Te Awa stems from their passion for well-being and healthy living. Which sounds like every other wellness company out there, but bear with us.
What makes Te Awa worth featuring is because of what they do, or rather what they make YOU do.
Yep, you read that right. Not yoga, not meditation but Dance.
See, Te Awa is a space dedicated to conscious dancing.
(Not to be confused with self-conscious dancing, which is what occurs on every other dancefloor in this country.)
Unlike nightclubs and dance studios, at Te Awa, the purpose of dancing is to feel good IN yourself. You dance for YOU.
There's something deeply therapeutic about being able to move however you like and not worry about judgement. Not that there is anyone there to judge you, everyone's too losing their thinking (judging) minds in their own dance.
In a country where every dancefloor, literal or figurative, feels like you have to be good enough to even set foot on it, a space like Te Awa feels like a sanctuary. Both from the outside world and the voices in your own head.
So if you're curious, feel free to check them out!
We thank you for holding back your skeptical horses, you can let run wild again.
Excerpt taken from The Beauty of Everyday Things by Soetsu Yanagi
"The Japanese word for 'folk craft' or 'folk art', mingei, is actually new to the language. Being new, it is often confused with tribal art, peasant art, or even the more inclusive arts of the common people. Literally, the word means 'crafts of the people'. It is meant to stand in contrast to aristocratic fine arts, and refers to objects used by ordinary people in their daily lives.
Among mingei objects we wanted to only include those with certain specific characteristics. One essential feature should be that objects honestly fulfill the practical purpose for which they were made. In contrast, look at the machine-made objects that inundate our lives in recent years, which have fallen victim to commercialism and the profit motive, usefulness shunted aside. Among these objects ostensibly made for practical use, there are many that are nothing more than frauds and fakes, displaying no attempt at honest usability. On the other hand, there are many purportedly refined objects that aim at elegance but succumb to bad taste, overburdened with needless decoration and meaningless frivolity. With these works utility become a secondary consideration, verging on the enfeebled and morally corrupt. In objects of daily use these are precisely the characteristics hat should be avoided, for they have turned their back on the life they should be serving.
Thus in order to be called mingei an object must be wholesomely and honestly made for practical use."
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