Six things recently seen online and experienced IRL:

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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.

Via Madi Oma
Via Madi Oma
Via Madi Oma

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Re-thinking rituals: Really enjoyed reading this piece on rituals with these key points at the end*:

  1. 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.
  2. Ritual is about reverence. Treat the world around you seriously, with respect for its rhythms and patterns.
  3. 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.
  4. 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.
  5. 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.
  6. 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

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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.

via Justin Favela
via Justin Favela
via Justin Favela
via Justin Favela

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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.

via Lex Pott
via Lex Pott
via Lex Pott

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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!

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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.

Buzz,

The Universe"