This week Awesome Stories brings you Nature House, self-care, cultivating awe, and Street Books.
This is an amazing story of a family that decided to build their own geodesic home in Northern Norway. What makes it so interesting is how they built a three-story cob home covered by a geodesic dome to shelter them from the extreme weather and grow food for most of the year despite living in the Artic Circle! In the process of building the home, living remotely and mostly self-reliant, they have re-invented themselves and created a life and home they love. Read the Inhabit article to see their beautiful home.
Self-Care for Sensitive People
Own the word “sensitive”; let it become your field of expertise and honor what you feel. – Richard Silvia
These are great reminders from fellow blogger Richard Silvia. As a sensitive person, I’ve had to learn self-care the hard way and not always understanding why I can be drained and overwhelmed in crowds. Richard calls nature the ultimate Rx and I agree. Additionally, he suggests intentions, creativity, connection and rest to recharge so that we can be our best and offer our gifts to the world. Thanks Richard.
We are committed to providing good literature and conversations for those who are pushed to the margins. ~ Laura Moulton
Street Books is a wonderful project started by Laura Moulton to bring books to people living on the streets or at the margins of life in Portland, Oregon. I love her compassion in using books as a way to help us connect and serve street people differently. She brings the books to them on a bike following a set schedule so people know when they can check out or return a book. People are allowed to sign out any books they want on an honor system. This is one of the many aspects of her approach that brings dignity and compassion to people living on the streets. Kudos Laura!
Homaira Kabir talks about the need to cultivate awe in the workplace. Typically, most workplaces focus on efficiency, profitability and other production oriented measures. Most of us have felt awe, the sense of wonder at a world so vast and mysterious. Homaira describes it as a mix of both fear and excitement. A good leader or mentor can help us hold these contrasting energies to open us to new possibilities. She suggests they encourage employees to explore mindfulness, art, nature, purpose and other more altruistic approaches to work. The paradox is that awe can’t be created at will. At best we can cultivate an openness or way of being that allows room for awe in our lives and work. What do you think? I’m all for awe, but not convinced that it can be cultivated, especially at work.
May your week be touched by compassion, self-care, and awe.