I can’t believe it, only 5 weeks left until I leave Japan. Or rather I don’t want to believe it. It will be almost two years to the day when I leave, but I am certainly leaving wanting more, which perhaps is the best way. […]
Hi, my name in Freyja, for many years now I have been fascinated and inspired by the concepts of mindfulness and transience. Much of my work as a designer has been concerned with facilitating reflection and sensory concentration in our increasely distracting and hectic world.
However I have also come to realize that knowing I should live in the moment, and actually living in the moment, are two vastly different things. I find myself consistently stricken with anxiety, I torture myself about past and future choices, I have achieved successes, but it is invariably the failures I find myself focusing on. All aspects of my life, most notably my work and my relations with others, cause me endless worry.
In September 2014 I moved to Tokyo as a Daiwa Scholar, this has provided me with a unique opportunity, a clean slate, a chance to re-design my mind far away from the distractions and attractions of my life back in London. It is time to practice what I preach.
I am embarking on a personal experiment. Mindfulness is a simple, scientifically-proven way to bring our mind back to our body, become aware of what is happening in our present experience and connect with happiness, joy and freedom. I will spend the next 19 months (the length of the scholarship) exploring these and other related ideologies, for example Shinto and Tea Ceremony. I am particularly interested in the objects, or perhaps lack there off, that I will come across during my investigation. I will be attempting to re-design my mind and my life so that mindfulness becomes an integral part, affecting everything from the recreational activity’s I indulge in to the items I choose to inhabit my new living space.
This blog is a record of this voyage, welcome.close