Like many others we did our part working at jobs that were useful and paid the bills, but just didn’t engage our passions. After a while we couldn’t help but wonder if there wasn’t supposed to be more? We wondered what it’s like to feel truly alive on a regular basis. We decided we were going to do something about it. Where do you go when you want to learn how to feel alive? You follow your passion. For us that means creating things that we enjoy and practicing yoga as a way of being in the world. Yoga is one of the six fundamental systems of Hindu thought. The purpose of Yoga is to create a beneficial way of seeing and acting in the world. Yoga helps us better understand who we are and where we’re going. It also helps us find the best way to get there.
When we look out at the world what we see leads us to believe that there is a divine presence in the world. We don’t particularly want other people telling us what this divine presence wants. We want to develop a personal understanding of the divine. Yoga trains us to be fully aware of what we are doing in the present moment. This is necessary to truly feel alive. We don’t feel alive when we are dwelling in the past or dreaming of the future. In addition to feeling alive when we bring all of our attention to the present moment we accomplish things more easily and experience more joy. When we are successful all of our actions take on a spiritual nature: cutting wood, firing clay, mixing paint, melting wax, everything is in alignment and life flows. This state is difficult to live in on a continuous basis, which leads us to the second word in our design collaborative: Dwelling.
When you look up dwelling the dictionary says: “to live or stay as a permanent resident,” “to live or continue in a given condition or state,” or “to linger over, emphasize, or ponder.” This is our goal. To live as a permanent resident in a state of alignment, to act from a state of comfortable awareness in the present moment, and to linger over and ponder the nature of ourselves, the world, and the greater and higher powers in the universe. As humble artists, designers, and craftspeople we believe we are taking our own small steps beyond the industrial economy towards something better. We don’t mind working hard. Like most people we want to create things that contribute to society. At the same time we want to live lives that are personally rewarding and that allow us to look back at the end of the week with satisfaction that what we did had meaning. By banding together into a collaborative we help each other move forward with our trades as well as with our yoga. We hope you appreciate the fruits of our labors.