In 2000, Tsai Jen-Hui, a professor of architecture at the National Taipei University of Technology, had the walls of the campus torn down. In their place, he had a stream built that functions like a moat, fed by recycled water and rain.
Recently, I’ve noticed something strange about what my body does while I’m flicking through apps or reading on my phone. I’ve become conscious of my irregular breathing patterns, and how much tension I’m holding in my back and shoulders.
When I take a deep breath and look around, I often feel this delicious relaxation in my body, as if being alive is enough. My goal for the remaining two weeks of this year is to continue slowing down until that delicious feeling is ever present.