compassion, collaboration & cooperation iN transistion
all four of us convened a meeting, under the dome of St. Paul's Cathedral,
Transparency of words values and ACTIONS - SAY the children of
Mitchell & Chesterton Youth Club to establish the FAIR SHARES, LIVING
VALUES, RESPECT FOR GAIA and EVER AFTER THINKING as espoused in ...
A handbook for creating the world that we want !
The spiritual aspect of ikebana is considered very important to its practitioners. SILENCE is a must during practices of ikebana. It is a time to appreciate things in nature that people often overlook because of their busy lives. One becomes more patient and tolerant of differences, not only in nature, but also in general. Ikebana can inspire one to identify with beauty in all art forms. This is also the time when one feels closeness to nature which provides relaxation for the mind, body, and soul.
The precise origin of Ikebana is unknown. The offering of flowers on the altar in honor of Buddha was part of worship. Ikebana evolved from the Buddhist practice of offering flowers to the spirits of the dead. The first classical styles of Ikebana started in the middle of the fifteenth century; the first students and teachers of Ikebana were Buddhist priests and members. As time passed, other schools emerged, styles changed, and Ikebana became a custom among the Japanese society.
In the con[text] of ART - the friendship based on Churchill's and Eisenhower's love of art - and Eisenhower's warning of the demise of the republic as a result of NOT coming to terms with the consequences of consequences of the military industrial complex - it is fitting for me to dedicate my own particular perspective of ZEN Ikebana, in respectful remembrance of those souls who tragically died as a result of the life changing events of 9/11.
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