Hello from a beautiful mountain village in Korea! I am located about an hour outside of Seoul, but it is worlds away from urban life. I am working and residing in a creative village and meditation center called Ongdalsam. It’s hard to describe what I do exactly, and in many ways, I am realizing that my tasks will never become fully defined. But it is clear to me that I am in a unique time and place, and that the next three months will be full of unexpected surprises.
There is a communal library of books, a quiet cafe that I visit every day, and a handful of kindhearted people that I can now even call friends. I’m really curious about the mountain vegetables, natural earthenware fermentation, and Korean slow cooking techniques. I am learning to slow down, be patient, and be fully in the moment. The latter is the most difficult of all for someone like me, always, always on the move.
For better or for worst, I sprained my left wrist falling down a hill on my second day here. Every little task takes me a bit longer, which is unintentionally helping me slow down…
“Give me six hours to chop down a tree and I will spend the first four sharpening the axe.”
– Abraham Lincoln
If you had six hour to chop down a tree what would you do? I would probably take the axe and start hacking away without a pause. So here I am, in the mountains, learning to pause and really take a look at the axe in my hands, the tree before me, and myself.
P.S. Only three more days until I choose a winner for my zine giveaway!