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HOW TO CREATE SPACES THAT HELP US COME ALIVE - PART 2

how to create spaces that help us come alive

There are places in the world that make us feel perfectly at ease. Places where we feel fully ourselves, inspired, invigorated and alive. But how can we create these types of spaces? From reading the work of other architects and designers who share the belief that design is about more than just creating a look, three key ideas come up time and time again…

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THE BETTER ANGELS OF OUR NATURE - MAKING MEANING

making meaning

Making meaning to interpret and communicate the world around us is fundamental to what it means to be human. The ability to use this skill to transform the pain and suffering that are the inevitable companions to life, into something of value, is a beautiful and extraordinary quality.

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THE SLOW APPROACH TO CRAFTING A HOME

 

THE SLOW APPROACH TO CRAFTING A HOME It can be tempting to rush through the process of home-making. Sitting with something unfinished and undone, when we know what it could look or feel like, is difficult. Living in it, even more so. But homes crafted slowly over time, in accordance with the values and rhythms of the people who live within them don’t tend to date in the same way that spaces put together with haste do. For those for whom a slower approach to home-making feels meaningful, we have put together a list of tips that might be helpful in encouraging a slower, more considered approach to home-making. 

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THE FEELING OF HOME

What is the feeling of home?Home is such an integral part of our private lives and yet many of us have spent little time thinking about the feeling of home in much detail. What is it that makes a house feel like a home? Or what it is that makes us feel at home even in places we have never been to before? 

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FINDING TIME TO FEED OUR SOULS

Finding Time to Feed our Souls

There is a tension within modern Western culture between the hurried, busy state of the realities of modern life and the slow, meaningful pursuit of the experiences and knowledge that add up to a life well lived. Western culture values achievement: moving forward in measurable increments, tirelessly smashing goals then setting new ones, diligently striving for more. More money, more power, more recognition, more degrees on our wall. But so much of what we value in life is difficult, if not impossible to achieve within the restrictive confines of the desire to produce more, quickly. But things of value take time…

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MINDFUL MOMENTS THAT MAKE THE ORDINARY FEEL EXTRAORDINARY

INGREDIENTS LDN making the ordinary feel extraordinary

Every single moment is rich in sensation or emotion when we learn how to attend it more fully. Making ordinary everyday moments feel special can help our mind to learn to focus on the present moment and to begin to notice all the wonderful little details that evade us when we are swept up in mind-wandering. Creating a wonderful atmosphere to accompany a simple everyday activity can be a helpful way to nudge our minds to attend to the activity a little more closely. For instance, a simple moment of sitting down to drink a cup of tea can become a mindful activity to be savoured when we learn how to give it our full attention.

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