The concept of Eudaiku is created from the Ancient Greek word "Eudaimonia" and the Japanese word "Haiku".

Aristotle is said to have given the ancient Greek word "Eudaimonia" the meaning of "living and doing well".

To me, the concept of Eudaimonia relates to living a life where you attempt to keep up with your own aestetical, ethical and existential standards and thus experiencing the joy of living in accordance with what feels good, right and beautifull in your own heart.

Haiku is a form of Japanese poetry, that describes the essense of a moment in a very short and concise form - traditionally 17 Japanese signs or syllables. The Haiku-poem should have a reference to the seasons and should aim to convey a "turning point" - a twist, that gives the reader the possibility of experiencing an "eye-opener of the mind".

The concept of Eudaiku is the essence of the meeting of the existential intentions of East and West - The merging of the Ethics of "living and doing" of Western Philosophy and the Zen-like approach to life in the quest for chrystallizing and capturing "the wisdom of the moment" from Eastern philosophy.

I have been working with Tibetan Buddhist meditation, mindfulness meditation and Buddhist philosophy for over 25 years. During the last 3 years it has become more and more clear to me that in order to practice "living and doing well" I need to get a "hands on experience" of mindfulness in daily life - to relate to Practical Mindfulness and getting more and more clear about what intention and aspiration I bring into every moment of my life.

To me, meditating on and working with the idea of Eudaiku has made things clearer, richer and more manifest in relation to what I would like to participate with in terms of "living and doing well" - Mindfull photography and poetry - "Vieudaiku" and "Trash Zen" are some my ways of working from a Eudaiku-point of view.

- What are your Eudaiku-projects?


Berit A. Faber