Wabi Sabi: A Philosophy of Tranquil Simplicity & Imperfect Beauty

 

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Are we to look at cherry blossoms only in full bloom, the moon only when it is cloudless? To long for the moon while looking on to the rain, to lower the blinds and be unaware of the passing of spring — these are even more deeply moving. Branches about to bloom or gardens strewn with faded flowers are worthier of our admiration … In all things, it is the beginnings and endings that are interesting.
— Yoshida Kenko

 

I remember when my mother, doing renovations to her newly purchased home, discovered a wood floor that had been hidden for decades underneath sheets of linoleum. She couldn’t believe that someone before her had decided to cover up the beautiful wood with layers of shiny plastic, and she was ecstatic to get rid of the fabricated material to reveal the Read More

The Label Generation: Effects of Consumer Culture on Modern Identity

Brecht Vandenbroucke - ‘Everyday We Walk a Thin Line’
Brecht Vandenbroucke – ‘Everyday We Walk a Thin Line’

Who are you? Answer without: name, job, media, things you’ve done, friends

I came across this question recently, and after thinking about it for a while, it seemed that everything I could come up with fell under the categories of what not to include. Eventually, the best answer I came up with was ‘I am me’. It’s not necessarily a bad conclusion, but it didn’t provide me with anything substantial, and I was left in just as much ambiguity as when I started. It seems like a simple question, but Read More

5 Tips to Spend Less Time on Social Media

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Out of sight, out of mind. You’re probably familiar with this saying, largely because it tends to ring true. It’s easy to not worry about things that we don’t (or can’t) see. Ignorance is bliss, right? While this may be true sometimes, ‘less is more’ doesn’t usually apply when it comes to knowledge. Especially about yourself. The more we Read More

Live a Bigger Life Instead of Having a Bigger House

 

When you consider how much we use and consume compared to how much we actually need, the amount of waste generated is often obscene. That is one reason I wrote a script about the tiny home movement and submitted it to the team at High Existence during a 6-month internship I recently completed with them. High Existence is a truly great resource for forward-thinking, mind expanding material, and I’m proud to say they took my script and created this beautiful video.

Social Media: Do You Spend Too Much Time Connected?

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It wasn’t until 2011, when I was nineteen years old, that I had what I would argue is a good reason to use social media. That is when I took my first three-month trip overseas to go backpacking around Europe, and while I was away, Facebook became my primary tool for keeping in touch with family and friends back home, and all the people from different places around the world that I would come to meet while traveling. I’ve been on two more lengthy journeys overseas since and have Read More

Seizures & Synchronicity: The Power of Perspective and Postictal Hallucinations

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I have epilepsy, and my story begins when I woke up in the hospital, where my parents brought me after I had at least five seizures.

It was Friday, and I had planned to go spend the weekend on a houseboat with old mates from school, but the next thing I knew I was getting stabbed in the arms with four needles instead.

I lost pretty much my whole day Friday. Time. We must use it while we can.

If we don’t use it, we might as well not be here.

I felt the truth of this more than ever over the weekend of Read More