peace gained from shohin-bonsai
Bonsai is moving mediation someone has said. And this can in
some sense hold some truth. Although the practise of
meditation is very much with focus into your self with the
purpose of bringing the ego on distance, and the art of
Bonsai is with all the focus on the tree in the pot. Bonsai
is thereby a indirect for of meditation, because all focus
is put into the tree, and thereby the ego of human is
The concentrated work with the tree will also gain peace in mind.
The art of raising a bonsai is much more than just
taking care of a tree in a pot. It is cultivating the inner
spirit of the tree. You are the caretaker who creates the
everyday relationship with the tree, accompanied with the
natural elements; the rain, frost, wind and the drought.
The elements of weather are inflowing on the growing of a
tree in the wild. And these elements affections on the tree,
has to be reflected in the tree in the pot. When forming a
Bonsai, one has to express the living conditions and the
influence by weather i.e. in the tree.
By observing and recreating the habits of nature in your
tree, you are brought closer to both tree and nature.
The time consuming observations, and the study of both
Bonsai and nature, will bring peace in mind. A Shohin-Bonsai
can be taken into your hand, and studied closely. You can
sit in your Bonsai garden or you can easily bring the tree
into the house to observe it.
Peace is found by observing the tree. It can be the study of
the movement of the trunk, the fine ramification of
branches, and the fine leaves i.e., that may be studied in
order to decide the future development. Or maybe it is the
rough Potensai (pre Bonsai) that needs the focus of a future
shaping of the tree. The trimming of needles, the branch
structure and the daily watering, also brings peace in mind.
All together a helpful tool to bring the stress from daily
life on distance for a wile.
A bonsai is never a finished tree but a continual
cultivation. Peace is gained trough the ongoing process with
this newer finished product, that is an ongoing and