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Yoga, Design and Living Off the Mat

Buddha and yoga living

Yoga helps me everyday and it has nothing to do with my yoga mat. While there are so many people in the world who have found and embraced yoga, there is so much misunderstanding about it by people who are not familiarized with what Yoga really is. But, I'm not going to get into that right now. For me, connecting Yoga and Design isn't about burning incense and incorporating an alter to Ganesh into a living room floor plan. It really all comes down to 1. Mindfulness: becoming aware, continuing to live in that awareness. 2. Intention: making a decision about who and how you want to be in the world. 3. Action: the most difficult part--actually getting up and doing it. Anyway, that's what it's all about for me. I make a connection between my Yoga practice and design, and ultimately, consumerism. I've put an excerpt (it's actually the introduction) from my book. Have a lovely evening.



(Excerpt from my book Eco Chic Home)

No matter how great or how small, all living things are connected to one another. We are all connected. This a beautiful thing to realize. What I find fascinating is how we are able to stop and and acknowledge this connection, but in our day to day living, we forget, or ignore, how our individual actions are impacting our environment. I believe everyone wants to make the world cleaner, but not everyone knows how to get from point a to point b. Before any changes can really take affect, we need to help everyone move along to point b. We must bridge the gap between a few individual voices and the broader population.

Mindfulness is a practice that helps bridge this gap between knowing we are connected, and seeing that connection everyday. You can use mindfulness to live every moment understanding that you are a force in the world, and you make things happen, even with that one small choice, like deciding to put that bottle in recycling instead of in the trash. I began to embrace mindfulness a few years ago through my Yoga Practice.

(Read more here...)

Tweeting on Saturdays + Do We Spend Too Much Time Online

the cyclotrope by tim wheatley

I came across this on Dwell and it's pretty awesome. Do we spend too much time online? Yes of course we do. Shouldn't you be spending time with your loved ones and refrain from tweeting on Saturdays? Social media sometimes feel all consuming. The Cyclotrope by Tim Wheatley is a reminder of how fun it is to turn the computer off, put the iphone away, and instead use your hands to create something. And wait until Monday before tweeting about it ;)


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The Cyclotrope from tim Wheatley on Vimeo.


Read more about Tweeting on Saturdays here.

Upcycled Screen Door For The Pantry


Sometimes I feel like I save things too frequently, thinking that I can up-cycle to turn it into some fabulous. As I've mentioned before, I often border on becoming a full-fledged hoarder. I have to work very hard to get rid of things, and to keep myself from acquiring too many things. But then I see something like this--A screen door for a pantry--how charming can you possibly get? Via Coastal Living Magazine.

Sarah Richardson Inspiration

Sarah Richardson Designed Room
I've been blogging for a number of years now. I first started as a way to launch my freelance writing career, then promote my first book, second book, most recent book. All the while I have been evolving as a writer and as a person. This is what I love about blogs, the malleable and transformative nature of the medium. You can change when and however you wish to change. I am at a Sea Change moment in my life, having just closed a big chapter by way of finally getting my grandmother's house (and my childhood oasis) ready to be sold. I've also been looking for a house with my dear husband, which is not the most empowering experience when you are operating within a very specific budget. So losing and finding a home is a big part of my story right now. We've lot out on three houses because we were outbid. But something happened over the last couple of weeks. First, instead of being disappointed with what I do not have, I re-immersed myself in what I do have. This included spending more time with my children--taking them to buy the groceries, involving them in the meal preparation, sitting down together. It has occurred to me that what sustains us is not what we have from a material perspective, but really it's the shared experiences we have. The rituals of everyday life, whether it's cleaning the house, cooking the food, or doing the laundry--are accessible to all of us. You can live in the smallest house, but when you clean and organize it just so, it can rival the largest mansion. Because what a castle is doesn't depend on what it is, but rather how it is. 



Photograph: Sarah Richardson Designed Room


Daphne Guinness Undressed On Nowness.com

Daphne Guinness: Undressed on Nowness.com.

I've long held a certain fascination with Daphne Guinness. She is beautifully intriguing. Of course, it's easy to be transcendent and Contra Mundo, as she describes herself, when you have gobs of money to play with. However much she is the very image of a decadent culture, I am struck by the fact that she places herself at the center of the cultural cognoscenti, artists, designers, architects driven by their need to create. I think she probably looks at her life as her own "creation." In "Daphne Guinness Undressed" she talks about being present, living with intention--clearly she is a Yogi, as her slow-mo plank into Chaturanga shows-which I like. I get the feeling that it really isn't about status for her, and I respect the fact that she's not a drone following along with the herd. Anyway, I hope you enjoy this video as much as I did.

via The Huffington Post