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THE PRACTICE OF CULTIVATING AUTHENTICITY

THE PRACTICE OF CULTIVATING AUTHENTICITY

An understanding of how to be authentic is not always a given. Modern Western culture praises individuality and authenticity but there is little formal structure in place in our culture and our systems to help individuals to cultivate the ability to listen to their innermost voice. We have an innate desire for authenticity; being connected to ourselves, knowing what we feel, and being able to act on this understanding was a crucial survival mechanism for our ancestors. But cultivating this ability is a practice...

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THE DETAIL MAKES THE DIFFERENCE

There are design aspects that can seem so small that they are practically unnoticeable. And yet by learning to attend to all the little details and learning to implement them mindfully, we can begin to tell a coherent story of how we want our home to feel and the life we want to unfold within it. We highlight a few of the small details worth attending to when it comes to designing the interiors in our homes.

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IS BALANCE ALWAYS WORTH STRIVING FOR?

Balance, and all the emotions of calm, contentment and centeredness that are so often wrapped up into its definition, has become an aspirational quality many of us pursue as an emotional goal above most others. The virtues of balance are self-evident and its merits apparent. As a counter for today’s hectic world, it is clear why so many of us crave this elusive state. But in spite of all of the obvious benefits of balance, do we ever stop to consider the potential benefits of the opposite? Might there be some merit in occasionally allowing unbalance into our lives?

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ON BEING PRESENT

INGREDIENTS LDN blog post on being present

Our life is deeply impacted by the quality of the connections we form with others. Meaningful enduring bonds are the cornerstone of thriving for most humans. In current culture, among the most common obstacles to being able to fully connect to other people are the difficult challenges of distraction and self-focus.

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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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