Nordic summer is this year really versatile; today sunshine, tomorrow rain… Luckily the sunny day was yesterday when I visited Art Centre Salmela (a bit of information for my non-Finnish readers www.taidekeskussalmela.fi/en/), in fact it has always been a sunny day as I have visited Salmela. The atmosphere is charming; people wandering from a pavilion to another in the beautiful park and no hurry to anywhere.
I had several nice chats with them as always, one of those was with a lady who gave two new names to the chairs: The Chair of Good Spirit and The Chair of Laughter. Not bad, it is a big thanks to the designer if she can make people smile! One could say its "the good deed of the day” when in this dreary world you can make another to smile. Lucky day, lucky me, usually people leave the chairs with a smile! We are on the way of doing this world a better place…
Back and forth, back and forth… The movement is perfect for meditation. This was already Hannu´s experience of the chairs, but today I heard it also from a visitor. I´ve been thinking it´s the well-being of the balance sense that makes it easier to think bright and creative in the rocking movement, to relax and to renew…
In a way it is an interesting paradox: In order to make a stop, (that is to calm down, to see wider around yourself) you need motion...
Another truth of movement is ”Motion is medicine”. Our body is made for action, not for sitting:)
Quite some time I was chatting with a young guy who was so interested of everything, asking so many questions and clearly telling his own opinions too.
The very first notice he made was about the foot rest: “Aah, footrest for a rocking chair! This is what I have been thinking a lot. And here it is!” Also he told of himself being addicted to natural wood and we found a lot of common interest. At last I had to ask if he was a student of design or architecture but he modestly said he had tried to get in some more artistic studies but ”if you have to give up the creative career, you better choose something pragmatic with which you earn your living - medicine…” It was so nice to meet this young man with opinions of this and that, Thank you of your comments! If I feel lousy, I can remember ”this was the very best I have ever seen!"