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Zen Housekeeping and Nature

Slap the word "natural" on a product label and it has an almost magical effect: the item's ingredients and manufacture seem clothed with a seal of approval from the earth itself, as if it was somehow meant to be. Discerning green shoppers are aware of the greenwashing tricks that have made the wo...

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Tags: Cleaning, Housekeeping, Natural, Zen
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Beauty in Plain Terms: Shintoism and Nature

Continuing this week's exploration of nature as metaphor and guide for living, read this passage about Japan and Shintoism's view of the natural:" "Aesthetically the water in the Japanese garden and the garden itself try to represent nature as it is, not to order and impose a visible form on it ...

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Tags: Beauty, Haiku, Japan, Shinto, Zen
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