I just read a wonderfully insightful article at Helium.com on being honest. The gist of the article was about what it means to be honest not just with others, but with yourself. The writer, Carolyn Gwiazdzinski, hits it on the head when she asks the question “How many of us have considered if we are comfortable with being honest within ourselves and we didn’t shy away from the challenges that come from this kind of honesty, wouldn’t it stand to reason that our relationships would have a stronger foundation and connection within ourselves and each other? True authentic honesty insures that it is not necessary to hide from ourselves and each other.” To me, that means facing the difficult discussions myself and not hiding behind others or letting others speak for me. It also means owning my feelings and letting others know how their actions made me feel. Naturally, to get along in this material world sometimes it’s best to pick and choose which conversations are vital to your authenticity. And, a dose of kindness and tact is required. Otherwise, you could be spewing feelings all day long. And who needs that?!
Monthly Archives: September 2010
Since I practice BHS Tibetan Buddhist Feng Shui, I am interested in all things Tibetan. There is a marvelous slide show of a day in the life of a Tibetan monk over at the NPR blog taken by Kaushal Parikh. The visuals are stunning (see that bright yellow door!) and the essay informative. In the picture below, you can see a sleeping dog. He reminds me of our dog Hershey who has very meditative qualities about him. I knew that the new monks of Skete kept dogs (we trained our dogs by their books) but I didn’t realize Tibetan monasteries kept dogs, too.
I encourage you to visit the NPR site and thank you to Kaushal Parikh for bringing us this wonderful photo essay.
If I were in NYC this week I’d be headed over to MOMA to see The Frankfurt Kitchen designed in 1926, part of the larger show “Counter Space:Design and the Modern Kitchen”. Read more about it at the NPR blog. The exhibit features films and the politics behind keeping ‘the little woman’ in the kitchen. As I study the picture of The Frankfurt Kitchen above, I’m struck by the clean modern lines that designer Margarete Schuette-Lihotzky came up with. The open shelving is a concept I’m very in favor of. Note the chair and “desk” area…in those days it was for working with kitchen tools like meat grinders instead of a home office set up for your computer. This one would make me uncomfortable, though, because sitting there your back is to the long “poison arrow” of the galley. Solution? A mirrored wall in front of the chair so you can see what’s behind you. Might even be able to use highly polished stainless steel. What do you think? Is MOMA getting kitschy or does this kitchen exhibit qualify as modern art?
This table is called a “tall rock stand” and the photos of the design and manufacturing process are fascinating. Go check out Remade Studios to see more cool designs. The company builds sustainable furniture.
All natural and the elements of wood and earth. The feng shui feels good even if a bit impractical. Think of it as a sculptural piece of art.
Artist colleague Ron King’s work was selected by Martha Stewart’s Blog in a feature she did about the Maine Crafts Guild Show. Ron and I both show our art work at the Red Dot Gallery in Deer Isle, Maine. The gourds are grown on Ron’s farm, then dried and hollowed out, and embellished in various ways by hand. They have almost a Native American or African flavor to them and are very good feng shui. Check out the website links!