Paula Arai

‘Honda-san… turns to nature to open her heart. She says that it is the place where she feels most accepted. “At my sister’s I am not at complete peace, because I am thinking of ki o tsukau. (There is no English equivalent due to different assumptions of self and human relations. In broad terms, it means using vital energy to try to be sensitive to others.) Nature is the place I feel most at peace. I rode a bus and went to the sea. An egret came and played in front of me. I thanked it. I spent two hours there, embraced by nature. Here I am a human, so small in the universe.”‘ (Bringing Zen Home)

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