The other day I went on a trip to Ama-no-Iwato, a shrine complex that marks the sight of one of Shinto’s most well known myths. The story goes that in ancient times the bad bahavior of Susanoo, the Japanese god of storms, which included floods […]
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