French philosopher Simone Weil famously wrote that ''to be rooted is perhaps the most important and least recognized need of the human soul." In this monthly episode, I explore the need for rootedness, for a true sense of belonging, through the lens of the current pandemic and the emotional and spiritual space it has opened up for us.I also explore the need for rootedness as defined by the philosophy of ''wabi-sabi'', which I first encountered as a child via the art of Japanese anime.Finally, I invite you to revisit the mental and spiritual space that opens up to us when we allow ourselves to ''return to the self'' by embracing a newfound sense of belonging in a fractured world.Music Credits:
"Prelude'', Yakov Golman, Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 International (CC BY 4.0)
Couturier, Andy. The Abundance of Less: Lessons in Simple Living from Rural Japan, Berkeley, CA, North Atlantic Books, 2017.
Weil, Simone. The Need for Roots: Prelude to a Declaration of Duties towards Mankind, London and New York, Routledge, 2002.
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