Letter From the Editor: Follow the Rhythm of Nature
The sun rises and sets each day. Seasons come and go each year. There is a natural rhythm to everything in the universe, and Eastern philosophy holds that we should live in harmony with this rhythm for optimal well-being.
The Tao Te Ching states, “Man follows the earth. Earth follows the universe. The universe follows the Tao. The Tao follows what is natural.”
What does it mean to live in harmony with nature? How do we follow the rhythms of our bodies and of our environment? To explore these profound questions, we’ve brought together artists, celebrities, designers, and other award-winning professionals to share their insights and practical guidance for deepening our connection with nature.
Nothing captures the essence of natural rhythm better than the 24 solar terms, which have guided people for millennia on how to adapt their lifestyles as the seasons slowly change. In this issue, Magnifissance editors have created a picturesque ode to the six solar terms of spring. As you flip through the pages, we hope you’ll feel the beautiful connection between heaven and earth.
Dr. Jingduan Yang, a 5th generation doctor of traditional Chinese medicine, talks about this connection and offers practical advice on following the rhythms of the seasons and the body’s internal clock.
The well-known child-prodigy painter Akiane shares the stories behind some of her most famous paintings and explains how her own experiences of betrayal and redemption have taught her valuable lessons about following divine timing. It’s a riveting story with resonance for everyone trying to create beauty in the world.
Celebrity chef Niki Nakayama has created a Michelin-star dining experience rooted in the traditional Japanese art of kaiseki. She shares not only how her restaurant embraces the idea of kaiseki, but also tips on how seasonal cooking and mindful culinary experiences can be practiced by anyone in any place.
Designer Caspar Schols shares how nature inspired his award-winning cabins. While sleeping under the branches of a 100-year old oak tree, he dreamt of creating a meaningful design experience that connects people with the beauty of nature—a dream that has come true.
Anastasia Lin, the protagonist of our cover story, talks about the challenges of being a beauty queen and actress speaking out for human rights in China. Through these experiences, she has continually redefined herself and learned to appreciate the beauty and strength that come from within.
The process of harmonizing with the Tao and following the rhythm of nature isn’t about prescriptions or requirements. Rather, it’s about listening to our minds, to our bodies, and to the world around us. We hope you enjoy these inspiring stories and discover a few kernels of wisdom to guide you in the New Year. Happy 2022!