Sometimes in order to intimately reconnect with ourselves, we need to refocus on our own life. Leaving my busy life in Paris to find dynamic city, Seoul, made me realize how much I needed quiet moments with myself. I discovered the necessity for nature whenever I feel stuck with my life or when I could not organize my thoughts.
“Mindfulness meditation” is the key word of this article. This practice aims to relax the spirit while bringing good vibes to your life. It can also make the sensory nerves stabilize your body. Meditation in fact is associated with Buddhism, a wellbeing monk practice! There are many ways to meditate.
Boseong Green Tea Field is another quiet place to meditate and focus on your soul
./Photograph by Leila Bouhend
“Go seek for nature and experience the consciousness of the soul and body”
We qualify ourselves as human beings and often focus on the body, not the spirit. Actually, our soul is controlling our moves. As the world surrounded and disconnected our body and soul, we need to find our soul back. To access our soul, we need meditation.
Whenever you try to be in a peaceful mode, you need high level of energy. Every thought is energy and some negative thoughts might consume your life energy. The examples of physical expressions for negative thoughts are strong heartbeat, stress, sweat, and hard facial expression. Those are the physical expression of negative thoughts.
If we think about it, they are not as natural as we were always told. Thus, we should try to control the negative states of mind we face daily.
Quiet heartbeat, calmness, glow and happiness are what you feel when you are conscious of your soul. As a result, you can vibrate good energy. If you want to have this experience, I recommend leaving to seek for nature and experiencing the soul as well as the body consciousness. What works well for the first time is finding a proper spot. You should sit in the comfortable position, then close your eyes. Inhale and exhale until you feel completely relaxed. It can take lots of time before you empty your thoughts and feel the nature on your body.
All around the country, you can find temples which are welcoming you for the weekend. Amongst the proposed activities, we can experience meditation and tea ceremony. Temple stay allows curious visitors to spend a night at the temple and experience Buddhist monks daily life. I have always loved visiting temples as I could experience Asian culture the most in the place.
The temple is a good place to find your inner peace.
/Photograph by Kim Ji-min
“Specific Buddhist architecture”
Each Buddhist temple, where the pagodas are, is always composed of successive doors and there is a way to go. A specific path has a meaning in the Buddhist tradition. I often had to walk for a long time to reach a temple and I thought it was the “price” to pay for peace and meditation around the mountainous nature.
I am not a specialist in culture “Buddhism” but its spirituality triggers my strong interest. I like being able to feel this spirituality in places of Buddhist architecture.
The Buddhist Architecture is a great place to meditate.
/Photograph by Leila Bouhend
“The beauty of the temple”
The projected shadow is very aesthetic in Korean temples. The beauty of the temple is related to the climate. Watching the pagoda during the day of great sunlight will not give the same effect as the day with a gray sky. Architecture shows various aspects, depending on nature. The climate gives another feeling. I had the chance to go to South Korea many times to see all four seasons. It was true that we feel different by visiting the temples on a wet day in August and on a very dry and cold day of the months.
“Why are temples always at the mountains?”
Buddhist temples is an integral part of the landscape and its location is calculated by the technique of geography. We may wonder why Buddhist temples are in the mountains. It dates back to the Choseon dynasty (1392-1910). Indeed, the Confucians have pushed the Buddhists out of the city, so they were forced to build on the mountainous terrain and adapt to the new space which they were moved to. Therefore, the location is strategic and depends on geographical space. It can be said that Buddhist temples are an integral part of natural space since they do not denature it in any case.
The work of Korean carpenters consisted of finding slightly inclined trunks in order to build specific Buddhist architecture. In addition, the beauty of the place is such a scenery that refers to a feeling of harmonious balance. The mountain in the background, the very clean space, and the lights inside thanks to the different sizes of windows among others participate in this effect.
Whenever I visited a temple I felt in a peace and I had the impression to be able to recharge my batteries. The architecture did not block the beauty of nature place, but harmonize with surroundings.
Now it is time to get out from the busy city life and find your own inner peace.
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