Creating white space– or, translating that to a room, "clean space" – enables the foreground to stand out from the background. However, the reality is that in everyday life we are unlikely to clear everything out with the ease of hitting the "delete" key on the word processor.
Being attuned to what surrounds us in the ambient enviroment can sometimes help us manage what's immediately in front of us. Synthesizing the ambient experience of simplicity requires attention to everything that seemingly does not matter.
Feeling safe; by avoiding desperation
Feeling confident; by mastering the basics
Felling instinctive ; by conditioning through repetition
Taa taa ti ti taa. This is not some foreign language, but it is the phonetic phrasing of rhythm that I learned from my music teacher in elementary school. Ti ti ti ti taa taa. Rest. Ti taa ti taa ti. It's all coming back to me.
The simplest way to achieve simplicity is through thoughtful reduction. When in doubt, just remove. But be careful of what you remove. When there is less, we appreciate everything much more.
There is an important tradeoff between being completely lost in the unknown and completely found in the familiar. Too familiar can have the positive aspect of making complete sense, which to some can seem boring; too unknown can have the negative connotations of danger, which to some can seem a thrill. Thus there is a tradeoff between being found versus lost.
Complexity implies the feeling of being lost; simplicity implies the feeling of being found.
Become "Comfortably lost."
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