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YOGA POSE OF THE DAY: HANDSTAND

Posted: March 28th, 2011 | Author: | Filed under: SoulSpace | Tags: , , , | 1 Comment »

“Transformation is sustained change, and it is achieved through practice.” B.K.S. Iyengar

I’ve been working on my handstands in my yoga practice, and am just beginning to appreciate this challenging and rewarding pose.  Finally, I can feel the grace and ease when my body is truly in alignment. I used to try so hard to get my handstands “right,” and they always eluded me.  Then I learned how to trust my wrists…trust my arms…trust my shoulders…and the rest of my body naturally eased into place.

Things can be easy when we let them be.  It is an adjustment to get used to flowing with the current when we are used to struggling.  Handstand reminds me that when I am in alignment with my daily actions, every endeavor feels more graceful and effortless…


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


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.


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.


WALLPAPER + WALLPAPER

Posted: January 29th, 2011 | Author: | Filed under: design, SoulSpace | Tags: , , | No Comments »

Wallpaper covers wallpaper and fabrics at Frankfurt’s Heimtextil 2011, where more than 2,600 companies reportedly showed off their wares in galleries with themes like “sobriety” and “wilderness.”


Then and Now

Posted: January 19th, 2011 | Author: | Filed under: classical music, SoulSpace, TempleHome, Versailles, Xorin Balbes | No Comments »

The newswires are awash with stories of the old meeting the new, the then banging up against the now:  Kate’s blue engagement ring and impending nuptials to William; modern art at Versailles; introducing classical music to the avant garde…

We’re already half way through the first month of 2011, a new year in a still-pretty-new century, what a beautiful time to consider how we can introduce a fresh slant on old favorites.  so re-upholster your favorite old sofa with a crisp modern fabric; find a new way to walk to work; introduce some new friends to some old friends…

What kind of freshness can you bring to the familiar?

Links:

“modern art at Versailles”:

“introducing classical music to the avant garde…”:


This Old House

Posted: August 2nd, 2010 | Author: | Filed under: SoulSpace, TempleHome, Xorin Balbes, XorinBalbes | Tags: , , , | 3 Comments »

As many of you know, in addition to designing projects for clients I also buy properties to renovate and resell.  For the past few months, I’ve been looking at one house in particular.  Just the other day I checked it out again and realized that I truly loves the architecture and would like to give the house a new lease on life.

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Off the Beaten Path

Posted: July 26th, 2010 | Author: | Filed under: SoulSpace, TempleHome, Xorin Balbes, Xorin8, XorinBalbes | Tags: , , , , , , | No Comments »


I’ve just returned from a trip to Mount Shasta where I went to see the full moon. I felt drawn to be there.

Astrologically, the planet Pluto (and I believe it is a planet regardless of what NASA says) was directly over Mount Shasta this weekend.

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Assess, Release, Cleanse, Rinse, Repeat

Posted: July 25th, 2010 | Author: | Filed under: Beauty, Ke Ao Lanihuli, SoulSpace, TempleHome, Xorin Balbes, Xorin8 | Tags: , , , , , | 3 Comments »
courtesy of Timothy Dahl at CharlesAndHudson.com

courtesy of Timothy Dahl at CharlesAndHudson.com

Our development project in Maui is well underway. My team and I have approached every facet of it through the filter of the SoulSpace process; deeply and energetically understanding what has been there, clearing out what no longer serves the space and those who will occupy it, and leaving a blank canvas from which to dream about what it can be and put those dreams into action.

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