I have been reading about how thinking of stress as a resource can help you recognize your strengths. It’s a way of your body trying to help you prepare for obstacles. This idea goes against the belief that stress is always bad and must be reduced. This rethinking is not a cure, it does not erase suffering or make problems disappear. In a way it reframes stress as your body helping you face the challenges in front of you. Next time you are feeling stressed tell yourself “this is good, this is my body trying to help me perform when I’m anxious.” Think about how your stress can actually be helpful.
Always act and exist in a "flow state" with entropy. Like the Japanese art of Kintsugi, where broken plates and bowls are fused back together with seams of gold and silver, to be considered "more beautiful" than in their pristine state.
In Kintsugi, the break is inevitable.
In life, assume you're always wrong until proven right. Find comfort in confusion. Cultivate questions. And consider chaos to be lurking around each corner.
Fashion designer Rick Owens is a largely private individual, and based on the highly curated, minimalist aesthetic of his Venice home, it’s clear that it’s because he holds his personal space to be so sacred. “I needed to create a space that was severe and avoided any kind of sentimentality or attachments, a blank slate to completely obliterate, to concentrate on listening to what I really want,” he says in the new issue of MR PORTER. “Living in clutter and chaos and things that are half-done or that are half-hearted, I think, can allow you to be a little bit too relaxed. I can’t be relaxed.”
"...one should not forget the observations on the labyrinth made by Abraham A. Moles, a professor at the Ulm Hochschule für Gestaltung and at Strasbourg University who was behind the aesthetics of information theory in France, and a colleague of Max Bense in Germany. Moles developed a psychosociological theory of space: “A labyrinth is above all a way of partitioning space according to rules of connection or prohibition, the whole set of which constitute what is known in mathematics as topology.” Moles suggested that toposociology was “an endless dialectical game” where concentration and dispersal, in space as well as in time, constituted “a theory of holes in space-time,” adapting this “according to the laws of perception proper to a being’s shells.”
A modern life space:
Tagging objects and habits in the environment in your conscious recall with the voice of someone affected by your interaction with that object or performance of that habit.