Six things recently seen online and experienced IRL:
Added to my home wish-list: a new take on the delightful disco ball, designed by Sydney based artist Madi Oma. Ugh, they are SO GOOD.
Re-thinking rituals: Really enjoyed reading this piece on rituals with these key points at the end*:
- Ritual is not about stale traditionalism. The teachings of Confucius’s Analects are about submission to life-as-ritual, not about enforcing the status quo or obeying fusty old rules.
- Ritual is about reverence. Treat the world around you seriously, with respect for its rhythms and patterns.
- Everything is ritual. We shouldn’t restrict the scope of ritual to activities such as weddings and funerals. The world is a sacred space with its own patterns, and we can ritually harmonise with it at all times.
- Ritual is even better than good habits. Habits are inflexible, and that’s a liability. Confucian ritual is flexible, and performing it properly entails willingness to adjust yourself to different contexts.
- Never stop studying. Except for a few geniuses, seeing the patterns of the world can be tough. Reading widely and asking questions when you’re confused is, itself, part of ritual.
- You can’t fake it until you make it. Without cultivating sincerity and kindness, your rituals will be hollow. A fake ritual is not a ritual at all, no matter how much it looks like one.
* extracted from How to set yourself free with ritual, on Psyche.co
Discovering Justin Favela: Imagine it all starting with a humble piñata...
Witnessing people create in their own unique way, and create BIG with it, is one of the most joyful things in this world.
Familiar folds: Intriguing in their simplicity and familiarity, these Paper Characters by Lex Pott (famous for these candles), are a timeless addition to any mask collection, or the beginning of one.
Rainbow spotting: We're standing in them all of the time. Saw one beaming right behind me while waiting for a meeting with someone...someone who I'm now really excited to be working with–can't wait to share what it is!
Notes from the Universe: if the below speaks to you, and you're not yet signed up, you're welcome:
"Bees can fly 12 miles without getting lost. Albatrosses, 25,000 miles. And flying insects, without eyes, have no trouble whatsoever finding their "soul mates."
Imagine what I can do for you, Ana Maria, when you listen to the voice within.