PLENTY OF TIME

This is a Post on Letting go.

Letting go of Best Practice, Letting go of One Post a Day.

Letting go of the Weight of Time.

Not More time, not Less time... just Time.

My daughter asks if we are in a rush.

No, I say, there is always Plenty of Time. 

Why are you walking so fast then?

Oh! That is a habit. 

What is a habit?

I tell her its something you've done for so long, you keep doing it without realizing. 

Oh, I have lots of habits, she says.

I contemplate my habits with time.

How can I walk in time with time? Keeping in step, not far ahead, not far behind. Time as a good-humoured companion.

If existence is our gift, to choose how we use, how do we use it? In a Rush, Not Enough Time!... or Plenty of Time?

My Sundown meditation is the source of many musings. I give 10 minutes to my Self, ignoring my minds suggestions of Misuse of Time. No technique. I breathe, I watch the sun go down, the jasmine flowers bobbing in the breeze, the light through my drinking glass.  The palm fronds flap in the Santa Ana wind. My neighbor whistles.

This little dance comforts me. I write with pencil, on paper, to transcribe later. Walking to my screen would break this gentle magic.

At 6:30pm, the sun is still warm on my face. So subtle, traveled so far. I am reminded how much I enjoy the warmth of the sun.

Sitting here I am happy. Happy with Time.

 

time

  1. the indefinite continued progress of existence and events in the past, present, and future regarded as a whole.

plen·ty

  1.  a large or sufficient amount or quantity; more than enough.

hab·it

  1. a settled or regular tendency or practice, especially one that is hard to give up.

 

 

WABI-SABI AS A BUSINESS

At 23, I was free. I could travel, create, and make beauty. These were my three driving forces. At 34, experience has given me new perspective. I found a gap between my personal and professional life. I still want to create beautiful items, but now I am aware of which experiences served my health and happiness, and which I would not miss. There are industry standards in most professions. I found that by keeping to these standards I over-taxed my mind, weakening that happy equilibrium between body, mind and spirit. Taka's framework was created in search of equanimity; calmness of mind. In reimagining a fashion accessory business, I asked myself, can wabi-sabi exist as a business? What if a business was an art? If a business can be an art, what would it look like?

My feelings are that for business to be an art, it would have to promote living as an art. Which means not only offering product with soul, integral to this lifestyle, but also as a model that creates space around it, and in that space time for other aspects of living.

Contrary to my academic studies in Advertising & Marketing, I chose to create a brand based on simplicity and intimacy. Taka is a reflection of my self, at this stage, dynamic and ever-changing, content with this impermanent state, acknowleging the space needed to grow.

e·qua·nim·i·ty

  1. mental calmness, composure, and evenness of temper, especially in a difficult situation.

wabi-sabi

  1. wisdom in natural simplicity

sim·plic·i·ty

  1. something that is simple or ordinary but enjoyable

in·ti·ma·cy

  1. something of a personal or private nature