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LEARNING TO LISTEN

Posted: February 21st, 2011 | Author: | Filed under: SoulSpace, TempleHome, Xorin Balbes | Tags: , , , , | 1 Comment »

I have been thinking lately about noise and silence.  We all have so many questions, but the answers others can offer us are filled with limitations.  The experts can help and guide us—to a point.  Then it is up to us.

Today I realized that the answers are all inside of me.  What I need is less worrying and more meditating.  Fewer questions… and more listening…


READING RUMI

Posted: February 19th, 2011 | Author: | Filed under: Beauty, SoulSpace | Tags: , , , | No Comments »

A bit of verse to contemplate today:

Oh soul,
you worry too much.
You have seen your own strength.
You have seen your own beauty.
You have seen your golden wings.
Of anything less,
why do you worry?
You are in truth
the soul, of the soul, of the soul.

–Rumi


SHIPPING CONTAINERS=HOMES

Posted: February 17th, 2011 | Author: | Filed under: construction, design | Tags: , , , , , , , | No Comments »


The Economist
has an eye-opening piece on the ways that shipping containers are being used as living spaces.   In the Sudan, the lack of readily available building materials means that residents and hoteliers take containers, add thatched roofs, some curtains, and AC, turning them into habitable shelters.


breathe + stretch

Posted: February 10th, 2011 | Author: | Filed under: TempleHome | No Comments »

We’re already over a month into the new year and I’ve been diligently sticking to my list of resolutions.  First and foremost?  Yoga.  For the past many months I been hard at work building a beautiful yoga school where students can become teachers, and people from the local community can stop in to take classes.  Meanwhile, like so many people, I can get so swept away by my busy work schedule that I lose sight of why I am working so hard in the first place.

This year, I pledged to remember that if I keep my body strong and healthy, I will be able to give and receive love.  If I keep my mind focused and pure, I will be able to use my imagination and my creativity to keep designing and creating.  By practicing yoga, I not only take care of myself.   I take care of my entire world.


green + design

Posted: February 8th, 2011 | Author: | Filed under: Art, Beauty, design, SoulSpace | No Comments »

The Cooper-Heitt National Design Museum wrapped up their Fourth National Design Triennial last month, where they examined how hot-button ideas like energy and community intersect with contemporary design, with an eye towards being green as well as gorgeous.

Did anyone check it out?  Drop me a line at xorin@templehome.net and let me know what you thought.


water + watercress

Posted: February 6th, 2011 | Author: | Filed under: TempleHome | No Comments »


Photo by Sandra Bark

I had the off-the-beaten-path opportunity to tour a watercress farm in Maui that abuts the raging Pacific Ocean.  The vegetables are planted in tiered beds that used to be full of taro crops, making this farm not only breathtakingly beautiful but a true piece of history.  The farmer has been working this historic plot of land for fifty years.


OFFICES THAT WORK

Posted: February 2nd, 2011 | Author: | Filed under: design, SoulSpace | Tags: , , , | No Comments »

Whether we are at home or at work, the space in which we move informs the way we react, think, behave. What can you do to make your office more beautiful and more functional?

Here, Inc. takes a look at some of the world’s coolest offices.