The Art of Gathering

“We get lulled into the false belief that knowing the category of the gathering—the board meeting, workshop, birthday party, town hall—will be instructive to designing it. But we often choose the template—and the activities and structure that go along with it—before we’re clear on our purpose.”
― Priya Parker

Loving this book: The Art of Gathering: How We Meet and Why It Matters

Purpose of A Gathering

“We get lulled into the false belief that knowing the category of the gathering—the board meeting, workshop, birthday party, town hall—will be instructive to designing it. But we often choose the template—and the activities and structure that go along with it—before we’re clear on our purpose.”
– Priya Parker

The Art of Gathering: How We Meet and Why It Matters

Books capes

Functional sculptures to display your favorite books. Love.

Everimal

The talented Lucas Zanotto launched a new book, it’s called Everimal. I am a big fan of his books, apps and illustrations. You can even wear some of them, as Tattly.

Pain is Energy

“When you feel pain, simply view it as energy. Just start seeing these inner experiences as energy passing through your heart and before the eye of your consciousness. Then relax. Do the opposite of contracting and closing. Relax and release. Relax your heart until you are actually face-to-face with the exact place where it hurts. Stay open and receptive so you can be present right where the tension is. You must be willing to be present right at the place of the tightness and pain, and then relax and go even deeper. This is very deep growth and transformation. But you will not want to do this. You will feel tremendous resistance to doing this, and that’s what makes it so powerful. As you relax and feel the resistance, the heart will want to pull away, to close, to protect, and to defend itself. Keep relaxing. Relax your shoulders and relax your heart. Let go and give room for the pain to pass through you. It’s just energy. Just see it as energy and let it go.”
― Michael A. Singer

From the Untethered Soul

Don’t Close

“The only thing you have to know is that opening allows energy in, and closing blocks it out. Now you have to decide whether or not you want this energy. How high do you want to get? How much love do you want to feel? How much enthusiasm do you want to have for the things you do? If enjoying a full life means experiencing high energy, love, and enthusiasm all the time, then don’t ever close.”
― Michael A. Singer

From the Untethered Soul

Thoughts

“The mind is a place where the soul goes to hide from the heart.”
– Michael Singer

From the Untethered Soul

One Basic Decision

“People tend to burden themselves with so many choices. But, in the end, you can throw it all away and just make one basic, underlying decision: Do you want to be happy, or do you not want to be happy? It’s really that simple. Once you make that choice, your path through life becomes totally clear.”
― Michael A. Singer

From the Untethered Soul

Touchy/Feely

Touchy/Feely is a design book that explores emotional ergonomics to help foster empathy for human-centered, inclusive design.

The Tickle of a Feather

“If you’re open to learning, you get your life-lessons delivered as gently as the tickle of a feather. But if you’re defensive, if you stubbornly persist in being right instead of learning the lesson at hand, if you stop paying attention to the tickles, the nudges, the clues—boom! Sledgehammer.”
― Gay Hendricks

From the book The First Rule of Ten: A Tenzing Norbu Mystery

The Untethered Soul

I don’t think I have ever said this: I wish this book, the Untethered Soul, would have found me sooner.

Portable Hanging Magazine Rack

Hanging portable bookshelf and magazine rack. Why not!?

You would never know…

This illustration made me giggle. It’s taken from Shirley Glaser and Milton Glaser’s Childrens Book called If Apples Had Teeth.

Understand the Entrepreneur

“If you want to understand the entrepreneur, study the juvenile delinquent. The delinquent is saying with his actions, “This sucks. I’m going to do my own thing.”
― Yvon Chouinard

From the book “Let My People Go Surfing: The Education of a Reluctant Businessman”

(Thank you Luma)

See What Happens

“We are constantly trying to hold it all together. If you really want to see why you do things, then don’t do them and see what happens.”
Michael A. Singer

Steven Pressfield on Investments

In his new book, Tribe of Mentors, Tim Ferris asks Steven Pressfield the following question: “What is one of the best or most worthwhile investments you’ve ever made?”

“I’ve never invested in the stock market or taken a risk on anything outside myself. I decided a long time ago that I would only bet on myself. I will risk two years on a book that’ll probably fall flat on its face. I don’t mind. I tried. It didn’t work. I believe in investing in your heart. That’s all I do, really. I’m a servant of the Muse. All money is on her.”

Book Recommendations for Team Leaders

Some interesting book recommendations in this thread.

Do Not Close Your Heart

“Do not let anything that happens in life be important enough that you’re willing to close your heart over it.”
Michael A. Singer

Belief vs Faith

“Belief, as I use the word here, is the insistence that the truth is what one would ‘lief’ or wish it to be. The believer will open his mind to the truth on condition that it fits in with his preconceived ideas and wishes. Faith, on the other hand, is an unreserved opening of the mind to the truth, whatever it may turn out to be. Faith has no preconceptions; it is a plunge into the unknown. Belief clings, but faith lets go.”
Alan Watts

(Thanks Bailey)

Here We Are

Here We Are is Oliver Jeffers’ latest picture book. It’s gloriously beautiful. In the heart. If you have a little one, buy one. His books are my kids’ favorites.

Inner Voices

A hardback journal to help us to develop kinder, and more productive, inner voices.

Love this!

The Tianjin Binhai Library

The Tianjin Binhai Library, a 33,700m2 cultural centre, features a luminous spherical auditorium around which floor-to-ceiling bookcases cascade. The undulating bookshelf is the building’s main spatial device and is used both to frame the space and to create stairs, seating, the layered ceiling and even louvres on the façade. A stunning project by MVRDV. Mind blown! I want to see this IRL! I love architecture!

Big Brains and Tiny Hearts

“A child has no trouble believing the unbelievable, nor does the genius or the madman. It’s only you and I, with our big brains and our tiny hearts, who doubt and overthink and hesitate.”
― Steven Pressfield

(From the book titled Do The Work)

Relationships

“Most people seem to believe that if a relationship doesn’t last until death, it’s a failure. But the only relationship that’s truly a failure is one that lasts longer than it should. The success of a relationship should be measured by it’s depth, not by its length.”
― Neil Strauss

The Truth: An Uncomfortable Book About Relationships