Categories: Meditation & Mindfulness | Published On: May 13, 2020 |

Back to Basics: How to Appreciate the Simple Things in Life

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Back to Basics: How to Appreciate the Simple Things in Life

Have you ever gone into a store and noticed trends from when you were a kid or a teenager? Remember crochet tops or long a-line skirts? It’s always interesting to see millennials or Gen Zers (people born after 1997) sporting looks that we used to wear ourselves – especially when they’ve suddenly become a current fashion trend. Or even more bizarrely, when our kids call a look from our childhood “vintage!” Either way, everything seems to come back around someday.

Back to basics.

Aside from seeing cultural repeats of fashion, there’s another cultural wave you may have noticed–a renewed appreciation for the simple things. A return to the simple things and traditional arts.

Over the past decade, there’s been a renewed cultural interest in traditional skills like bread baking, knitting, foraging, cooking classic dishes, and clothing or pattern making. This movement seems to include an interest in romantic skills, too – like calligraphy, which we’re pleased to offer an upcoming course on! Even movements like a push to eat local or organic foods signal a desire to reconnect with our cultural roots.

Perhaps this renewed appreciation for the true, simple things in life demonstrates that our society desires something authentic. Many people are looking to reconnect with ancient practices or traditional skills because it feels “real.” More than ever, we expect more from advertising and want to know where our products come from. We know that processed foods aren’t great for us. We also understand that synthetic products or flashy products may not stand the test of time like those leather shoes that we’ve had since childhood, or the famous soup recipe that the grandparents and the grandkids love to eat.

There’s a calming, meditative quality to learning a new skill – especially when it’s rooted in tradition. When we host one of our jewelry making classes in Toronto, we notice a hush that comes over the room while everyone focuses on the tiny details of their personal creation. Many of us are exploring yogic or meditative traditions, and many religious traditions also promote the grounding practice of small, repetitive tasks that bring us back into ourselves.

What can we take away from these concepts? One beautiful piece of a “return to our roots” is the ability to pass down a tradition or skill that’s been in your family for years. Write down and share instructions for an old recipe, teach one of your grandkids to knit over Zoom, or pass on a story about your family that you haven’t told in a while.

Retirement also offers a great opportunity to take up a new hobby or ignite the passion for a new skill! Perhaps it’s time to take on a new skill that you’ve always wanted to try. Calligraphy is a beautiful outlet for our creative minds that’s immediately applicable; by signing up for a calligraphy class, you’ll have a chance to develop a beautiful script that’s personal to you – another way to tell the stories you want to remember forever! Connect to a calligraphy tradition that’s centuries-old, while developing fonts that express your creative self.

Curious to learn more about calligraphy? This New York Times article praises the ancient practice for its application, beauty, and timeless quality.

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