Tattooing is the most misunderstood art form in Japan today. Looked down upon for centuries and rarely discussed in social circles, people with tattoos are outcasts in this country, banned from most public spaces such as beaches, bathhouses, and even gyms. Tattoos have an extensive history in Japan, and to truly understand the stigma behind them it is essential to be aware of their significance. The first records of tattoos...Read More
In your journey to get where you are going, never forget to be right where you are.
Our theme this year at TGS is Evolution to Revolution. We want our children to learn where we came from and how we got to where we are now. Who it was that had the ideas, the courage, and the determination to change their own world, and therefore ours. We want them to learn where we are headed, and give them a platform to formulate their own ideas, gather their own courage, and find their own determination to push the boundaries of their world.
We are all on a journey through life. Everything is always changing, minute by minute, second by second. We are all seeking the knowledge that will help us to arrive at the ultimate goal of happiness and peace of mind.
In learning about the past and future, we learn to care. As children our circle of caring is small; it expands as we grow and become more aware of the world around us. As that awareness becomes more focused we find things that touch us, that we become passionate about. We fill our minds up with information. And whatever we care about, we want to learn how we can change it, how we can improve it. To come up with a new way of doing, of thinking. We want to revolutionize it. It could be something small, like a new way of growing a plant. Or something big, like finding a cure for cancer.
We have miniature revolutions of thought all of the time when we are learning. As long as we have an open mind, the coin drops, the switch flips on. Those moments of discovery, those aha moments. When do they happen? How do they happen?
They happen at the most unexpected times, in the moments you are not thinking about this or that, but truly and freely THINKing.
So maybe one of the biggest lesson we have to start teaching the children is to just empty their minds, to appreciate the moment. To learn about being where they are right now, in the silence, in all the beauty that life itself is, that they themselves are because it is in only in those moments of absolute clarity, love, and humility that a true revolution can take place.
The beginning of your journey was not yesterday. It is right now. In the quiet of your mind.
THINK about it.