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The Spaces We Choose

Knowledge of places is closely linked to knowledge of the self, to grasping one’s position in the larger scheme of things, including one’s own community, and to securing a confident sense of who one is as a person.
Keith Basso, Wisdom Sits in Places

I know, I always reference that quote. But I love it, and the idea that the places we inhabit are more than just structures. From the way we choose to decorate to the way we choose to occupy a space, it becomes imbued with meaning. Meanings that vary from person to person.

Studio Two
I love this room, from its lightness to the altar in the back.

As I begin to spend the vast majority of my time outside of work inside the Om Factory studio, I keep wondering what drew me to this place in particular. In the middle of a nine hour training on Saturday, I’ll find myself thinking I couldn’t imagine being anywhere else right now instead fidgeting as each hour goes by.

It’s always been very instinctual for me, the places I choose to be in. The more I think about it, the more I notice a trend: openness, lightness, windows, simplicity, vibrant colors, minimal. All of these adjectives apply to all of the spaces in my life, if you can exclude my bookshelf, which is hardly minimal.

An example of a yantra, which is can generally be described as a design that aids in some meditations.

It’s about what speaks to your mind, and how you interact with your spaces. When my office is cluttered, it’s like a direct blow to my productivity. I can’t think, I can’t work, I can’t write. My mind is as scattered as my surroundings.

It’s the same reason why we’re so interested in the habits and spaces of artists. There’s a direct feedback you get from your surroundings that influences not only your physical experiences, but your emotional and mental creativity as well. As that expands from your own personal space, there are all these similarities — like attracts like after all. (And it’s part of the basis behind the fascinating philosophy of psychogeography.)

Studio with a view
Outside that left window is a direct view of the Empire State Building.

All of this is to say: as you invest your time into other places outside of your home, I’m learning that it doesn’t hurt to follow your instinct. Comfort and affinity in a physical space create mental space for learning and creativity.

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