My home is intentionally laid out, with the understanding that one’s physical space is also the foundation of one’s head space. I come from a culture where the placement of furniture and lighting is paramount to setting the energy of a space. I unfalteringly believe that an uncluttered space is conducive to a more peaceful life. I literally envision the flow of energy as the flow of how I navigate through my house. If something is in the way, it creates an impediment, hence, it must be moved.
Everything in my home has its place. I never lose anything in my home because I am mindful of where everything goes. The rooms are set up according to Feng Shui (the art of object placement) guidelines, and everything flows with the natural fluidity of movement. In a way, my home laid itself out to the most logical setup. I am currently living in my favorite apartment of my adult life. I’ve been living alone for a very long time and enjoy the freedom. quietude, and find comfort in knowing that a glass I put down will be exactly where I left it the next day.
My artwork is covering the walls throughout the apartment, reminding me that I created art out of the necessity of my creativity, and that I am grateful that what I create happens to also be what I love. I have a workspace room, which overlooks my beautiful sunny block and when I sit at my desk a breeze blows in and brushes my face. Because I do so many different types of things (art, workshops, lectures, writing, tech work) I’ve set up my office to transform into whatever space is necessary at that moment. Also, because I function non-linearly and do many different things simultaneously, I have constructed my workspace to also encompass an adaptive nature.
I am constantly updating the tools I use in my office, and in general have an efficient, logical setup. It is a state of constant updating and purging of obsolete items. I used to keep many paper notes of lectures and speeches I gave, and have traded those in for my computer files. Through this project, I have been going through everything in my possession intimately and assiduously. While combing through my belongings, I came across a case for a Sony Clié, one of the children of the Palm Pilots and the predecessor to technology such as the iPad and iPhone. It was an electronic personal organizer, able to keep all of my information from the various parts of my life organized. It was efficient like my office, and versatile enough to access information quickly and on-the-fly. It’s been many years since I retired the Clié because it stopped working, as technology tends to have a short physical and temporal shelf lives. I kept the case because I thought I could use it somehow one day.
That was over 6 years ago and I haven’t had a use for the case since. So on Day 350 I am giving away this case, and creating a small space in my home for more energy to flow freely. Constantly updating my life.
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[I created the 365 Release Project to practice non-attachment, letting go and change by giving away 1 thing a day for 1 year. The background, vision and guidelines to the 365 RELEASE project are here. The running list of everything I have released is here.]