Taru Wo Shiru (To know What is Enough) is a short documentary about six individuals in Japan challenging mainstream culture to be both independent of the system but also take part in transforming a system that is “dictating happiness and the health of the planet”.
Directed by Rob Lau, Taru Wo Shiru shows how through their practice of Buddhism and permaculture, the six native Japanese shun the “culture of studying too much, working too hard, and living to make money” which is as prevalent in the east as it is in the west, in favour of their connection to nature which feeds and nurtures them from the inside out.
Rob Lau said: “In the west, I think we often do a disservice by either over romanticising or reducing too far the idea of simple living. What we seek is not necessarily a simple life; it is a more focused one, a life in which unnecessary excesses are eliminated. A life that allows the time and the space to grow food, create art, practice the spiritual, and build community. If the way modern society is structured is not nourishing us, how do we change our predicament? Neither accepting it as the way it is or completely rejecting society is productive.”
Rosalind Medea is Life & Soul Magazine’s Chief. She is a writer who specialises in sustainable lifestyle and living, wellbeing, and entertainments. Rosalind also works as a psychic, counsellor, intuitive reader and spiritual life coach helping people to become who they truly are and manifest their heart & soul’s desires into their lives: www.rosalindmedea.com