Elevating the Mundane by Design

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Walking meditation is one of the techniques to center one’s attention and consciously deepen awareness of the self. The idea is to walk with complete awareness of all the bodily sensations that are enjoined during the act of walking. Its quite popular with those who owe allegiance to the dharma of the Buddha.

Amongst practitioners of this technique, the location does not typically matter. As long as there are no disturbances during the initial stages.

With that as context I could not help but smile at the level of ingenuity in designing as space for performing this simple act. I came across this via FactCoDesign blog. Have quoted a portion the post below.

For instance, from 4 a.m. to noon, an east wall offers shade during morning chants and the daily meal. From noon until 8 p.m., a roof protects the monk from harsh midday sun. And during the final period, from 8 p.m. to 4 a.m., evening chants take place in an exposed area of the circle with a hanging mosquito net to sleep under.

Even the mundane can be elevated by design. All it needs is for us to pay attention to the forces that envelope and shape the mundane.