This week Awesome Stories brings you DIY homes, hopelessness, and courage.
I’ve always loved the flowing lines of dome homes and these DIY ones from DomeGaia look beautiful. They also seem like a lot of work. If you’re willing to invest a lot of labor, they estimate you can build a dome home from Aircrete for under $10,000. Aircrete is an earth-friendly building material made from natural materials like sand, cement, lime, gypsum, water, and a foaming agent. This creates an aerated concrete with insulation, structure and fire protection in one lightweight product. My hesitation is having to build the pump, mixer, forms, unique windows, etc. I’d love to see the 3D printer technology from ICON (see below) combined with the aircrete material. DomeGaia offers building plans, workshops, videos, and more on their website.
The founders of ICON have ambitions to transform the housing markets around the world. They’ve already built a prototype in Austin TX and plan to start their first community project of 100 homes in El Salvador next year. They believe their low-cost, 3D printed, concrete based homes can provide safe affordable homes for the almost 1 billion people who don’t have proper homes. ICON has developed a method for printing a single-story 650-square-foot house out of cement in only 12 to 24 hours that costs about $10,000 currently with plans to bring the cost down to about $4000. Again, I would love to see a company like ICON use hempcrete or aircrete which are more environmentally friendly than regular concrete.
When inspiration has become hidden, when we feel ready to give up, this is the time when healing can be found in the pain itself. ~ Pema Chödrön
According to Pema Chödrön, unless we give up hope, we will never learn to relax into the deepest truth of who and where we are. The true spiritual journey begins with hopelessness, not hope. I read her book When Things Fall Apart a few years ago and couldn’t relate or embrace the wisdom of her message. Now, after trying so hard to improve myself and my life for so long and still things fell apart, I can see the wisdom of embracing the uncertainty, pain, loss, ambiguity of life. Only through self-compassion and acceptance for our pain and darkness, thereby gaining wholeness, can we begin to grow the light within.
Here’s a wonderful article by Brené Brown about Courage over Comfort. It’s a very touching story about an advertising executive who faces his own feelings of shame and inadequacy in a courageous way that helps not only himself but the whole team. Andrew was a respected team leader who felt he had screwed up and let his whole team down. With the help of a friend, he gained insight into the fears and shame driving his feelings and he shared the insights with his team. I was moved to tears by the story of how Andrew found the courage to be honest with himself and the team.
May your week be full of courage, love, and a comfortable home.