April 13, 2021 at 12:34PM

Sashiko is getting popular as “Meditative Stitching”. Some may call it “mindfulness”. I see others calling it “Zen Stitching”. Well, since Sashiko & Zen are both Japanese, let’s raise a question. Can you describe the difference between Zen and Mindfulness?

There is a significant difference between Zen in Japan & Mindfulness in Western Culture (Let’s say, in the world map where Japan is far east, anywhere west from Asia is “Western” – I will elaborate this & sorry for the sloppy definition of “western”). As always, the difference itself isn’t about good or bad. Using the word without “trying” to understand is dangerous. 

Sashiko can be all of Mindful-stitching, Meditative-Stitching, and Zen-Stitching. It is my sincere pleasure to see my students enjoying Zen-Stitching after my workshop. I was going to share the stories of difference on Instagram… but since it will be several pages long, I will share it on Patreon (then excerpt some of the whole story here).

「マインドフルネス」という言葉と刺し子が一緒に紹介されることが増えてきました。瞑想状態になる事がある刺し子。その静けさと東洋的な響きから「マインドフルネス」として人気が出たのだろうと思います。マインドフルネスと来ると、そこに禅を組み合わせるのが英語圏での一つの流行りのようで(笑)ただ、マインドフルネスと禅には、根本的な違いがあります。誤解の危険性を覚悟で雑に表現してしまうと、「有」と「無」です。。禅の本質が空(くう)なのに対し、マインドフルネスは「目的有りきの手段」なんです。禅とマインドフルネスを一緒くたに語る人を見ると、とても不思議な気持ちになります。説明責任もあるんだろうけれど、でも、教える人はやっぱり勉強し続けるべきだよなぁと思うのですよ。

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