Author: Anahita in Love

Architectural Culture: Practically Perfect

| Photo by Matheus Natan on Pexels.com | First, I must ask: is a utopia the opposite of a dystopia? Is it really? Utopia is a term that calls to mind an ideal place – with all the desirable qualities for a wholesome human society.  Dystopia refers to “an imagined state or society in which there is great suffering or injustice, typically one that is totalitarian or post-apocalyptic.” (New Oxford American Dictionary). Dystopia often calls to mind George Orwell’s Nineteen Eighty-Four. But since that novel was published in 1949, loads of dystopian science fiction stories and films have followed. Now think of the stories that can be described as “utopian” – how many can you think of? Of course, this focus on dystopian futures must have shaped the way that generations of people in western societies have consciously and unconsciously perceived the world, its possibilities, and human potential. Where did the term utopia come from? Sir Thomas More introduced it in his 1516 novel Utopia, about a fictional island society. And while that society was located in the south Atlantic Ocean, the word utopia translates from …

Social Light

There is an idea that responsibility is the inseparable result of power, known most recently as the Peter Parker principle: “With great power comes great responsibility”. If we consider “freedom” in this equation, it also holds: “With great freedom comes great responsibility.”  And yet, it seems that as many achieve greater freedoms relative to most others in this world, they are paradoxically trapped in a state of mind which shirks responsibility and chases endlessly after ego-gratification. Instead of being social lights, illuminating the best in others, they become self-absorbed socialites, which is to the soul as artificial sweeteners are to the body. So your assignment, dear reader, is to define what freedom means for you, then list the freedoms that you recognize in your life and consider how you can be a social light now – and what is furthermore possible, as your freedom expands. And remember, when you do contribute in this way to the world, it’s good to do so as anonymously as possible. Allow people to wonder where the light you’ve shared is coming …

The Map and the Territory

| Photo by Darren Tiumalu on Pexels.com | We are in an era of extremes and with the increasing frequency and intensity of technological advances, natural disasters, and pandemics — and the global impact of conflicts — it feels as if we are all being turned into endurance athletes, with all the exigencies, whether or not we want to be. Meanwhile few have the requisite training, skillset or mindset.  Much of the status quo is either violently crumbling or quietly melting away — revealing altered environmental and mental landscapes. These rapid changes can tap into aggressive reactions in many who have grown used to zero-sum competition. This is reflected in and adds to the challenges. Photo by Pixabay on Pexels.com Not only is the map not the territory that is mapped, but we are often holding onto and paying attention to old maps and paradigms while navigating new territory. Sometimes they still correlate but when they do not, it can be more challenging than not having a map at all. And not only are the …

Wellness Real Estate

Where can we live and also thrive in this era of extremes? It’s not merely in a gated and guarded estate, underground bunker, or “remote” island. Even when luxurious, that’s just real estate. What’s wellness real estate? Consciously designed spaces for cooperative communities to form and thrive, rooted in holistic health & well-being principles. Whereas owning real estate can be fragmenting, wellness real estate is about integration. To shift from investing in and owning real estate — to investing in and owning wellness real estate, we must expand our conceptual knowledge. We will put forward here the concepts of land stewardship and wellness, and then highlight some features of wellness real estate. Land Stewardship Property ownership comes with benefits. Beyond their precise contractual obligations, though, most real estate owners are unconcerned with the wider responsibilities of property ownership — which is actually stewardship. With wellness real estate, owners must center on being a property owner and a steward of the land. This means caring for the property and land as well as reaping the benefits. …

Sleeping Beautifully

Without enough sleep we all become tall two-year-olds. JoJo Jensen, Dirt Farmer Wisdom | If we’re not getting enough sleep to begin with, negative neurocognitive consequences can make it even harder to address the underlying problems and improve our situation. So first we must hold the intention to expand our wisdom and release that harmful pattern. Let’s call the entry to the virtuous cycle, “knowledge”. 1. Knowledge and self-knowledge γνῶθι σεαυτόν (Know Thyself) inscribed at the Temple of Apollo at Delphi | Sleep is complex and mysterious. It is also natural. We can begin learning about the natural aspects, in particular from findings in circadian biology. Here are some questions to guide the learning process: What is cortisol? How does the body’s cortisol response to stress affect sleep? Do I have a healthy cortisol response? What is melatonin and what is its role in the wake-sleep cycle? What depletes hormones and are my hormones depleted? Do I need to consult my doctor about hormone therapy and/or melatonin supplements? How do fluctuations in my blood sugar levels affect …

Refined Luxury

It’s no wonder that luxury can bring to mind a disquieting ambivalence. After all, there is a loud flaunted luxury which is all about extravagance and pride – and there is refined luxury. They share the same essence; but while living in luxury can mean building up a tolerance to excess, refined luxury requires that we carefully remove excess and impurities. Yes, it can take a while. Patience is a virtue. Living in refined luxury is to be mindful, light, unburdened, stable, subtle, elegant, coherent, and inspired. Refined luxury is in design that simplifies while upholding decided quality. It is in eco-friendly and sound economic decisions. Refined luxury design draws from the well in the center of one’s inner peace. It’s not for show or approval. It’s for quiet, secure, and honest goodness in harmony with nature.🌱

Wellness Journeys

The rapid changes of our accelerating era are calling for us to speed up… Wellness has been defined as a state of being in good health. In order for wellness to be meaningful, we must include mental, physical and spiritual well-being. When we apply the principle of cura personalis (“care for the whole person”), a holistic wellness practice can arise and move through our individual and interdependent realities. Cultivating and sustaining wellness requires knowledge and disciplined presence, then – to skillfully evolve and thrive in harmony with the elements: water, earth, fire, air, æther. Whenever circumstances require it, we seek counsel and care from qualified health professionals; and also, we must maintain our personal responsibility for healing and well-being. Wellness journeys are thus more than the sum of their parts; they are growth opportunities — aligning inspiration and experiences with discernment — guiding us to a sustainable daily practice. Wherever we are on the planet, wherever we are in our personal practice: the rapid changes of our accelerating era are calling for us to speed …