The Appreciative Meditation of Origami Hearts

(Seoul)—Today for Valentine’s Day, I made origami hearts for all the local people here, mostly from my taekwondo class. I love the quiet meditation that origami brings and sometimes use it in my work. But for this, my goal was to give the locals something they probably haven’t received before. From what I’ve seen, some Koreans give each other flowers and chocolates on February 14th, but I haven’t seen paper valentines. Or at least these kinds of valentines:

fancy origami hearts by yours truly!

Fancy origami hearts by yours truly

I was tempted to write, “You’re waegukin (foreigner) loves you!” but I decided against it. Baby steps, people, baby steps.

Kidding aside, I made these because aside from the fact that I like them, the people I’ve met here have been so lovely and generous despite the apocalyptic language barrier. I just wanted to let them know I’m trying, too! Kamsahamnida!

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4 comments
  1. I also love origami and I’ve made some hearts too. I’m interested in your stories about Seoul. Please keep it up! All the best to you.

  2. Danny said:

    beautiful hearts! you mentioned you are a scientist working on human perception. have you considered investigating the meditative effects of origami on human perception and overall quality of life? please feel free to contact me, i’m interested in hearing more about your experience.

    • Hi! Not yet. But hopefully in the future when I get back into science on a more full-time basis. 🙂

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