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  • Q&A with Kate O’Hara
    by Admin Team on May 31, 2022 at 4:38 am

    This month we partner with Nevada-based illustrator Kate O’Hara.  Kate creates intricate botanical illustrations, inspired by the flora and fauna that surrounds us. On this month's theme, Kate says, "To me, adventure means always striving for new experiences and growth. Choosing to contend with the urge to do what’s comfortable and in order to evolve." For a little more about Kate, here's a short Q&A!  Where is home for you? The biggest little city, Reno, Nevada What is your definition of a successful life? To be comfortable and healthy, connected and loved, and to have a creative passion that I’m engaging with, whether it’s art or that evolves into something else. Describe your perfect day. A day where I get into the flow on a project I’m enjoying working on, then take my dog for a long walk in sunny weather and go on a bike ride to a brewery with my boyfriend and friends. How did you get into design? I was a very shy and artistic kid, drawing was the way I could get noticed, accepted and connect with people. I ended up going to art school for college and discovered that illustration was a possible career path. I started freelancing when I graduated from school and have been doing that ever since. Where do you find inspiration? I find most of my inspiration in nature, whenever I’m outside I’m always on the hunt for interesting leaves, patterns, and small botanical details that I can add to my art. What's your dream design project? I love packaging design, my dream project would be to illustrate a whole line of some sort of botanical product like tea, or spices. I’d also love to have the time to design an entire tarot card deck. Which designers or thinkers influence/inspire you? There’s so many amazing artists that I follow on social media that keep me inspired everyday. I also always go back to the work of greats like John James Audubon, William Morris, Beatrix Potter, Hokusai and Maria Sibylla Merian. What was the inspiration behind this design? The quote Onwards Ever Upwards was the inspiration for this design–to make an uplifting design representing always moving forwards intentionally. In what ways does the theme of Adventure play out in your life? I love to travel, especially to new places where there’s a sense of the unexpected. I’m currently getting into backpacking and working my way up to a multi week backpacking trip with my sister and my dog Ned. At the moment, what is your favorite… Color: Yellow Ochre Food: Mangos Song: Can I Believe You, Fleet Foxes Quote: “If I could say it in words, there would be no reason to paint it.” –Georgia O’Keeffe

  • Q&A with Alanah Sarginson
    by Admin Team on April 27, 2022 at 11:30 pm

    This month we partner with London-based illustrator Alanah Sarginson. Alanah is a London-based illustrator whose pieces merge her sensitivities with the beauty she finds in nature.  Alanah says her May art "connects to the theme of Simplicity through its very stripped back representation of growth...[it's] a simple mindmap of what growth can feel like.” For a little more about Alanah, here's a short Q&A!  Where is home for you? South London. What is your definition of a successful life? A successful life is one that aligns with your spirit. It’s not ever a destination, nor is it ever going to feel completely perfect, but it’s a life that you want to wake up and work on every day. It’s for that reason that I feel successful now! Even when I have days where I feel overwhelmed or generally down, I’m grateful that I feel those things while living a life that I’ve chosen for myself. Describe your perfect day. It would be a day in the summer, and I’d wake up early, have a nice breakfast with my housemates. I’d sit outside a coffee shop, read some philosophy, do some art, eat a pan au chocolat with an oat milk latte. Maybe go for a walk in nature with a friend, then have some time left over to cook a nice meal before going out with my friends in a beer garden while it’s still light. My dream is to live a bit like my favourite poem in the world - The Orange by Wendy Cope! Just living peacefully and with content. How did you get into design? As cliche as it is, I’ve been drawing and designing ever since I can remember! I’ve been posting my art on my Instagram account since I was 13, and have just gradually morphed from a girl with a love for drawing to a young professional illustrator. I have to thank all of the people and companies that have believed in me along my journey, as it’s really been them that have given me the opportunity and confidence to push myself and get my passion out into the world. Where do you find inspiration? I get a lot of inspiration from my studies in philosophy, especially (and possibly surprisingly) philosophy of science, particularly physics. I’m really drawn to visualizing relations, not only between people, but between objects and concepts. On the other side of things, I also get a lot of inspiration from moral philosophy, where questions of how to lead a good life really guide the purpose of my work. What's your dream design project? Gosh, I don’t think I could pin down one! I think one that’s out in the world for my friends and family to find would be so cool.  Which designers or thinkers influence/inspire you? Matisse and Picasso are my first two classical inspirations. I credit Manjit Thapp for getting me into digital illustration - I actually commented on her Instagram during A-Levels for advice before I even got my iPad and Apple Pencil! Nowadays I just scroll through Pinterest and Instagram for inspiration. What was the inspiration behind this design? My works are rarely products of any single inspiration or idea, but I can look at the piece in retrospect and say that it reflects my emotional state during summer 2020. It was a time of naive hope as the first lockdown measures were starting to ease, and it felt like there was this rebirth happening in society as we all reconnected. On top of that, I’d just finished my first year exams at university so I felt quite free to unwind, so I feel like this period of my life was just one of relaxation and looking ahead into an exciting future. In what ways does the theme of Simplicity play out in your life? Simplicity runs through how I try to organize my life as well as how I go about my work, both as an artist and a student. I’m a bit of an organization freak, so I try my best to avoid any clutter in my life - whether that’s physical, mental, or emotional. I think having simple habits, attitudes, and approaches to things makes life so much easier to handle. It’s so rewarding breaking down something so seemingly complex into its smaller, simpler parts. At the moment, what is your favorite… Color: Baby blue Food: Garlic and chili oil ramen noodles Song: Ghost Town by Sassy 009 Quote: “Healthy minds make sexy bodies” - a lyric by Car Seat Headrest

  • Q&A with Jonathan Calugi
    by Admin Team on March 30, 2022 at 5:40 am

    This month we partner with Italy-based illustrator Jonathan Calugi.  Jonathan is an independent, self-taught, artist whose message is about love, "Use your time to love your time. Enjoy and spread love."  His Compassion inspired art centers on our human connection. "Colors, body, language, shape…We are just a series of points united with a line in this universe.” For a little more about Jonathan, here's a short Q&A!  Where is home for you? Pistoia, Italy. What is your definition of a successful life? Use your time to have your time. Be happy. Describe your perfect day. Wake up early. Play with my son. Go to the studio. Make some drawings. Go out and play basketball with friends. Lunch with my girl. Afternoon in the studio (half work, half research). Back to home for dinner with family, some good wine and a lot of laughter. 🙂 How did you get into design? It’s more how design got into my life 🙂 I think it was totally an instant love. Design teaches me how to do more with less. Where do you find inspiration? Life, nature, sea, and books. What's your dream design project? The next one. My dream is to produce more and more for all the days of my life. Which designers or thinkers influence/inspire you? Paul Rand, Pablo Picasso, Marino Marini, Pino Tovaglia, and many, many more. What was the inspiration behind this design? Like much of my art, the idea is to stay connected. We are one. In what ways does the theme of Compassion play out in your life? The main idea is that where my line finishes your line starts. A loop without an end. At the moment, what is your favorite… Color: Yellow Food: Avocado Song: Paid in Full, Eric B. & Rakim 

  • Active listening boils down to this.
    by Admin Team on February 24, 2022 at 8:45 pm

    “Being a good listener is one of the most important and enchanting life skills anyone can have, yet few of us know how to do it. Not because we are evil, but because no one has taught us how.” — Alain de Botton  When I first read about active listening, it helped me shift from trying to be interesting to being interested in conversation. As the concept resurfaced this month, for our theme of Kinship, I wanted to share the four key steps: Give your full attention. Orient your body and complete focus towards the speaker. This step might be obvious, and because of that, it is the easiest to forget. Think about times when you are speaking; you can feel the difference when someone has put away distractions and is truly listening to you. Don’t speak (until later). Surprise! A key part of listening, and maybe the hardest part, is simply not speaking. Avoid interrupting the speaker and filling any occasional pockets of silence with your own voice. Do feel free to signal that you are following along with an occasional head nod or “mhhm.” Share back what they’ve said. Show that you are listening by summarizing what you’ve heard, beginning with a phrase like “So, what I hear you saying is...” or “It sounds as though you…” This allows the speaker to feel heard, and also confirms your understanding. Ask open-ended questions. It’s likely that after listening you’ll have questions. Prioritize open-ended questions that help you get clarity without sending the conversation in a different direction. Psychologist and author Tania Israel suggests this simple and concise method for encouraging dialogue. “Repeat back a key word with an upward intonation. For example, if somebody says, ‘I just feel like the world is so dangerous,’ you can say, ‘Dangerous?’ By using the upward intonation, the word becomes a question. It says, ‘Tell me more about how the world is dangerous.’” View this post on Instagram A post shared by Holstee (@holstee)   What I really appreciate about these steps is they help me resist the urge to offer suggestions (“You should xyz!”) or pass judgment (“That is xyz!”) without understanding what's really being said. Here is the Active Listening graphic we shared on instagram recently. If you are interested in learning more about active listening, and other activities that help you connect deeply with others, check out our Kinship Guide. In celebration of feeling heard, ​ Mike Radparvar Co-Founder, Holstee & Reflection.app P.S. In other news, we are hiring a part-time Marketing Coordinator for Reflection.app. If you know someone who would be a good fit, please direct them to this job description: https://www.reflection.app/marketing-role

  • Q&A with Alix Northrup
    by Admin Team on February 23, 2022 at 6:35 am

    This month we partner with Ohio-based illustrator Alix Northrup.  Alix is an independent hand letterer, illustrator and designer based in Ohio.  Her pieces tend to focus on bold, colorful and energetic styles that often incorporate layered textures and intricate details.  Her Wellness inspired art is about, "discovering the balance between the internal and external states of being."  Alix says,"Finding a harmonious relationship between these allows us to continue to grow and thrive.” For a little more about Alix, here's a short Q&A!  Where is home for you? I live in a very small, quaint riverboat town in Ohio. What is your definition of a successful life? The idea of “success” is something that has changed and evolved constantly throughout my life, so trying to define it is challenging.  Ultimately, a life that is lived fully and without regret is what I strive for. Describe your perfect day. The best days are the ones filled with simple things that make me feel happy like beautiful weather, good friends and delicious food.  How did you get into design? My father is a fine art photographer.  So growing up, I was surrounded by and exposed to art early on which ignited my passion for it.  I can’t imagine working in a profession where I am not creating...it is a need I have carried with me since I was a child. Where do you find inspiration? My inspiration stems from a wide variety of both tangible and conceptual sources.  Sometimes I pull ideas from songs, movies or books and visuals from nature or vintage ephemera.  Typically it ends up being a mixture of many different things that resonate with me. What's your dream design project? I really enjoy creating work that has a strong conceptual basis.  Communicating ideas and emotions visually is what excites me the most about being an artist. Which designers or thinkers influence/inspire you? These days, the youth of this generation have really been a source of inspiration for me.  Their openness, vulnerability and authenticity is something to be admired. I have great respect and reverence for the brilliant artists and thinkers of the past but for me, I am always looking ahead and trying to soak in new thoughts and ideas. What was the inspiration behind this design? The way we approach our day-to-day lives and all aspects of them is so intertwined with our well being, both physically and mentally.  This piece alludes to the ability we have within us to unlock our greatest potential. In what ways does the theme of Wellness play out in your life? Finding a healthy balance in my life is something I am continually working on.  Being a freelance artist comes with many challenges that can easily get your health off track and I try my best to counteract this through daily habits and behaviors.  Physical activity, mindfulness and rituals all help me to stay in a good place of well-being. At the moment, what is your favorite… Color: LavenderFood: Ice creamSong: Smooth Sailing’ - Leon BridgesQuote: “Here’s to seeking out joy in the waiting, beauty in the ordinary, and hope in unexpected places.” - Morgan Harper Nichols

  • Welcome to the Holstee Membership.
    by Admin Team on February 7, 2022 at 10:46 pm

    Welcome to Holstee! When you became a Holstee member, you signed on to a journey to bring more inspiration, meaning, and purpose into your life. We’re so excited you’ve joined our community of curious, compassionate and reflective souls.  Below we share specific tips on how to make the most out of your Holstee Membership. First things first — we’d love to learn more about you and introduce you to others in the community! Meet the Community Start by reading a few of the recent introductions from other members in our private Community Forum. Feel free to comment and say hello to those with whom you might have something in common. Then, take a moment to introduce yourself. Be open and honest — you may be surprised by how much wisdom, care, and love has been fostered in our small but intimate corner of the internet. 1. Visit the Community Forum, introduce yourself, and meet new friends →  We look forward to getting to know you and learning from each other! Explore the Digital Resources Now that you've introduced yourself, explore our Digital Welcome Guide at Holstee.com/welcome. This guide lays the groundwork for your membership experience by challenging you to reflect honestly about what a successful life looks like for you. We’re not talking about the traditional materialistic sense — rather, what would it take for you to feel you have truly lived, and lived well? Yes, it will require you to dig deep— but if you are able to open yourself up, we promise you will not regret the time invested. If you have the Art of Complete Membership, your first package, the Welcome Kit, should arrive in the mail in two to three weeks (depending on where you live). If you want, you can get started with the Digital Welcome Guide and desktop/mobile art downloads. 2. Dig into the Digital Welcome Guide →  The Welcome Guide is just the beginning! As a Holstee Member you get access to our entire library of Digital Resources. This includes:  * 12 x Digital Guide PDFs, one for each of our 12 themes (Complete Members will have the printed guide delivered to them each month) * Curated Resources for each theme (we’re talking articles, podcasts, TED Talks, and other content to spark additional learning and growth) * Our archive of digital art for your mobile and desktop wallpapers All Digital Resources are organized by theme. To access a resource, simply navigate to our themes page, select a theme, then select the resource you want to access.  Feel free to access or refer back to these resources whenever you wish, but no need to dive into all of them right away. We’ll be exploring one theme each month together as a community! Your Log In Info: Your username will always be your email address. To keep it simple, we temporarily set your password as your email address, too. More perks that are available to you as a Holstee Member Perk 1: Reflection.app Premium Reflection.app is a journaling app we created to help guide your growth each month. Within Reflection.app, there is a Premium offering that unlocks a fuller experience and as a Holstee Member you automatically have access to it. (Whoop whoop!) Simply log in or create an account with the same email you use for membership. The app will automatically recognize you and grant you Premium access! (Since Reflection.app is separate from Holstee.com, you will not be able to log in with your existing account credentials.) Perk 2: Save 20% in our Shop Did you know that as a member, you also get 20% off everything in the Holstee Shop? Log in and type the word ‘member’ in the discount code box at checkout to claim your member savings! If you would like help with either of these, or have questions about other benefits of your Holstee Membership, just let us know at hello@holstee.com. Our commitment to you By now, you should have a better understanding of just how much is available to you through your new Holstee Membership.  In our own journey to living more intentional lives, we’ve found it difficult to take the time to reflect on important things without getting sidetracked by the urgent — we hope our monthly themes, Community Forum, and other tools and resources can serve as a welcome reminder to focus on what matters most to you. Our commitment to you is that we will show up, every month, with inspiration, questions, and challenges that help bring perspective to your world. Beyond that, you can count on us (and the entire community) to be with you at every step of the way.  If you haven’t yet, please RSVP for our upcoming Online Member Gathering so we can get a chance to know each other even better. We look forward to connecting with you. If, at any time, there is ever any way we can help you, just email us at hello@holstee.com.

  • Q&A with Miles Tewson
    by Admin Team on February 1, 2022 at 1:36 am

    In Feb, we welcome back Miles Tewson, an illustrator living in Brighton, UK. Miles is interested in capturing moments in time, using only a few colors in his artwork to achieve a sense of atmosphere and place. For his Kinship illustration, Miles says, “This design is all about human connection and the feeling of being close, which I feel are the most important aspects of Kinship." For a little more about Miles, here's a short Q&A: Where is home for you? Brighton, UK. What is your definition of a successful life? Contentment.   Describe your perfect day. Waking up nice and early as the sun rises to take the dog for a walk. After, I’d head up to my little studio to draw throughout the day and then head out to see some friends in the evening.  How did you get into design? I’ve been drawing pretty much throughout my whole life. I wouldn’t say there was necessarily anything that got me into design; it was just something that I’ve always gravitated towards and been interested in. Where do you find inspiration? I get asked this a lot and I wish I had a more cohesive answer, but I get inspiration from literally anywhere and everywhere, I’m just always on the lookout for little things that I think could work as a design. What's your dream design project? I’d love to be commissioned to make some huge screen prints with a company. I haven’t been able to screen print in awhile, so I’m super keen to get back into it again. Which designers or thinkers influence/inspire you? With Instagram and Pinterest, I’m finding so many different amazing artists everyday. Some artists I’m really into at the moment are: Ellen Von Wiegand, Ness Lee, Jon McNaught and I’m always looking at David Hockney’s work. What was the inspiration behind this design? This design was inspired by the theme of togetherness and connection.   How does Kinship play out in your life? Day to day I never try to take kinship for granted, daily interactions with people I care about is something to be very thankful for. At the moment, what is your favorite… Color: OrangeFood: PizzaSong: Yefkir Engurguro - Haliu Mergia Thanks again for sharing with us, Miles!

  • The difference between a goal and an intention.
    by Admin Team on January 30, 2022 at 5:35 pm

    “Unlike your goal, which will be accomplished sometime in the future, your intention is a state of being that can start the moment you decide to make it happen." The new year offers a natural moment to set some goals and intentions. "Are goals and intentions the same thing?" If you aren’t sure, you’re not alone; it’s one of the most common questions we get this time of year. What’s the difference between a goal and an intention? A goal describes what you want to do in the future. It focuses on external accomplishments and is something you can clearly check off a list: “Go rock climbing” or “Learn to make tiramisu.” An intention describes how you want to feel. Its focus is internal – on your relationship with yourself. Your intention could be to feel joyful or peaceful. Unlike your goal, which will be accomplished sometime in the future, your intention is a state of being that can start the moment you decide to make it happen. View this post on Instagram A post shared by Holstee (@holstee)   Identifying my intention was a fuzzy process for me until I found a hack to get me there. I’d like to share it with you. Here’s my intention-setting method: Step 1: Think of a big goal that you’d like to accomplish this year. Step 2: Imagine you have just crushed this goal. Knocked it out of the park. You’ve crossed the finish line — how do you feel? Step 3: Allow the feeling that comes to mind to be your intention. My intention is to be / feel ______. Bonus step: Turn your intention into an affirmation, and test it out as your mantra for the remainder of the month. I am [insert your intention]. We walked through these steps in our recent Member Gathering, and it was fascinating to see how the process lead each purpose to a different word. If you give it a try, share your intention or affirmation here, I’ve just added mine there as well. ​ Mike Radparvar Co-Founder, Holstee & Reflection.app  

  • Q&A with David Vanadia
    by Admin Team on December 1, 2021 at 6:18 am

    This month we partner with illustrator David Vanadia.  David is a french artist and illustrator.  Through a minimalist style, and the use of techniques such as engraving, paper cut and digital, he offers a singular work with strong graphic identity and illustrations that like to make sense.  David says, "This artwork connects to the theme of reflection because closed eyes express both the meditative state of the posture, but also the introspective journey that can result from it. The contact of the body and the water can create a feeling of reflexological plenitude where positive thoughts relating to relaxation and enjoyment of the present moment can arise."   For a little more about David, here's a short Q&A: Where is home for you? I live by the Mediterranean Sea, in Marseille, France. What is your definition of a successful life? I don't know if I will be able to define what a successful life can be.  This would amount to saying that we could also define what can be a life considered as failed.  I cannot define a life with such generic concepts.  I believe that a life is made up of a set of experiences from which we can learn to guide us on a path of our own.  Our own way of life.   Describe your perfect day. The one where I would be in the present moment with every passing second. How did you get into design? I don't know if I got into design on purpose.  It came to me naturally. I have always liked to express myself through drawing, I am fascinated by this universal mode of communication, there is this something mystical, even primitive, which makes it possible to transcend thought. Where do you find inspiration? Much of my inspiration comes from philosophical sphere.  I like to translate concepts of thoughts into images.  Besides, I often use the term of visual metaphor to describe my work. I am also very inspired by antique Mediterranean art and more particularly Egyptian pictorial art.  Finally, organic vegetal, floral and mineral forms also have a great influence on my work. What's your dream design project? All those projects that will manage to generate emotion in others. Which designers or thinkers influence/inspire you? Thinkers : Lao Tseu, Confucius, Sénèque, Marc Aurèle, Spinoza, Jean-Paul Sartre,Simone De Beauvoir, Eckart Tolle.Designers and artists : Henri Matisse, Georges Braque, Miro, Le Corbusier, DieterRams, Geoff McFetridge, Malika Favre, Severin Millet, Andreas Samuelsson. What was the inspiration behind this design? The regenerating calm of a sea bath is the general feeling that I wanted to express in this work.  Water is a fascinating element that is inseparable from the origin of all life.  It has its unique power to purify body and soul, in many civilizations it is associated with spiritual and religious rituals.  It is a feeling of inner peace that emerges for me when I evoke the original deep relationship of humans to water.   How does Reflection play out in your life? Reflection is omnipresent in my life. First, this theme occupies a preponderant place in my artistic practice. I always conceptualize my designs in my head before drawing them.  My artistic approach is thus more thoughtful than spontaneous. On the other hand, reflection is also present on a daily basis in my personal life.  I impose great discipline on myself in the organization of my thoughts.  Taking control of your thoughts is one way of applying self-discovery in a conscious way. I therefore closely associate reflection with introspection and being. At the moment, what is your favorite… Color: I can't isolate just one, I would rather say a midnight blue and ecru combination.Food: SpicySong: BirdsongQuote: Less is more Thanks for sharing with us, David!

  • Five Principles for Grateful Living
    by Admin Team on November 28, 2021 at 10:10 pm

    “Grateful living is fundamentally grounded in the invitation to see life itself as a gift: an unexpected gift that you did not need to do anything to earn or deserve, but is coming to you — wrapped in a wide range of packaging. In every moment that you are alive, this life has been given to you.” — Kristi Nelson, author of Wake Up Grateful If you are receiving this email, you understand both the importance of making gratitude an active part of your life and how hard it can be to do this consistently. Something I find helpful in my own gratitude practice are the Five Guiding Principles inspired by gratefulness.org founder Brother David Steindl-Rast. Here is how Kristi Nelson, executive director of gratefulness.org, describes these principles in her book Wake Up Grateful: 1. Life Is a Gift “Grateful living is fundamentally grounded in the invitation to see life itself as a gift: an unexpected gift that you did not need to do anything to earn or deserve, but is coming to you — wrapped in a wide range of packaging. In every moment that you are alive, this life has been given to you.” 2. Everything Is Surprise “When you regard life as an unexpected gift and one you are lucky to have renewed itself each day, it can shift your experience of expectation. You can behold life with the openness of experiencing things as if for the very first, or the very last, time.” 3. The Ordinary Is Extraordinary “One of the most accessible and direct pathways to a sense of abundance ... is to savor and celebrate the ordinary. How can you experience the generosity of your life more vividly and more consistently?” 4. Appreciation Is Generative “Appreciation brings about a shift from passively to actively engaging with life. We recognize that we have choices when it comes to orienting our attention.” 5. Love Is Transformative “Love lives deeply rooted within each of us, protected from the comings and goings of people and circumstances. It simply exists as a force within us and around us... Whenever we nurture and tend the things we value, that is love in action.” What I love about these principles is how each one gets to the root of living gratefully, and how succinctly they pull together the foundations of grateful living. At Holstee, we have been fans of the gratefulness.org team for a long time — they speak with their hearts and minds to values we firmly believe in. This past year, we’ve been working closely with them to bring the power of gratefulness more within reach through our latest collaboration: Gratitude Cards. They are still in development, but you can get a sneak peek at them here! More than any other virtue, gratitude has profoundly shifted my perspective and outlook the past few years. I'm thrilled to have been able to work with gratefulness.org on this new tool. I can’t wait for you to experience it. Grateful for you, Mike Radparvar Co-Founder, Holstee & Reflection.app

  • A tool for navigating tough transitions.
    by Dave Rad on November 21, 2021 at 10:00 pm

    Just yesterday, I was talking to a friend about how quickly the last year has passed, and how each year seems to go by just a bit faster than the year before.  The past two years have felt like a particularly unique chapter — one filled with beautiful moments as well as challenging ones, all blurred together by the hazy filter of COVID.  Many of my friends and family have experienced big transitions in the last two years. Some began relationships, others ended them. Some took on extra side jobs while others opted for early retirement. We became closer to some people and further from others. Many lost loved ones, while others birthed new life.  A period of transition is precious — and potentially powerful. By opening new doors and closing others, transitions offer us the opportunity to reconsider how our lives might unfold. A challenge is that we don’t always realize that we are in a period of transition until we have the time, distance, and perspective to look back and see how our understanding of ourselves and the world has changed.  We created the Reflect & Reset Journal to help you approach periods of transition from a place of curiosity and growth.  Reflect & Reset asks you to commit to 14 days of daily journaling guided by prompts that lead you through an exploration of your past, present, and future and help get you closer to your authentic self. Each question carefully builds upon the previous one, helping you foster a deeper sense of gratitude and gain a fresh perspective on transitions. The Reflect & Reset Journal is, in many ways, a culmination of our 12+ years of work at Holstee. We could not be prouder to finally share it with you. Thanks to the hundreds of you that have already pre-ordered the Reflect & Reset Journal. We are grateful to you for believing in us and our work. Wishing you clarity, perspective, and growth, Dave RadparvarCo-Founder, Holstee & Reflection.app

  • Q&A with Daren Thomas Magee
    by Admin Team on October 31, 2021 at 6:30 pm

    This month we welcome back California-based illustrator Daren Thomas Magee.  In regards to Intention, Daren says, "I rarely intend to do much of anything. I think my intuition plays a large role in what I do. If I think about it too much, I get in my head, and nothing gets done."  For a little more about Daren, here's a short Q&A!  Where is home for you? Ojai, California. What is your definition of a successful life?  A clear mind. Describe your perfect day. A long run. A hot coffee. A few hours creating. Quality time with family.  How did you get into design? I was fed up with boring, unfulfilling 9 to 5’s so I started putting all my energy into creating until it turned into a job without the 9 to 5! Where do you find inspiration? All around me. It's hard not to be inspired by existence. What's your dream design project? A billboard! Which designers or thinkers influence/inspire you? Terrence McKenna and his willingness to explore the depths of his conscience has been an inspiration to me for a long time. What was the inspiration behind this design? Present is the most important thing in order to have a happy life. There is no past or future. There is only now.  At the moment, what is your favorite… Color: beige Food: oatmeal Song:  ‘Apana’ - East Forest Quote: “You don't look out there for God, something in the sky, you look in you.” -Alan Watts

  • Our newest product — for (and from!) young and curious minds.
    by Admin Team on October 4, 2021 at 1:12 pm

    Two years ago, during a family trip, my then-8-year-old niece, Shireen, came across the deck of Holstee Reflection Cards I had packed with me. She started reading some of the questions for family members to answer: "What message would you put on a billboard for thousands of people to see every day?" then "What in your life are you most excited about right now?" Shireen was immediately captivated by the answers — ideas and stories from people close to her that she had never heard before — and she enjoyed sharing her own as well. For the rest of the trip — in the car, in between meals, even during meals — she’d pull a card from the deck, read a prompt, and engage whoever was near.A photo of Shireen during that family retreat! I gave Shireen’s mother (my sister) an extra deck of Reflection Cards to take home with her. The cards became Shireen's favorite activity to do with her fellow fourth graders! But some time later, on a FaceTime call, she told me, “I use these with my friends, but some of the questions just don’t work for us! Like ‘What would I tell myself 10 years ago?’ I wasn't even alive then!” Fair enough :-), we hadn’t designed the cards with the expectation that kids under age 10 would be using them. Months after the trip, Shireen hadn’t forgotten about the problem she’d found with the cards, and now pressed Dave and me: “When are you going to make Reflection Cards for us kids?!”She was not alone in her request. By this point, we had heard from many of you in the Holstee community asking for more tools for younger minds. It hadn’t been on our roadmap, but then again some of our favorite Holstee projects have come from following unexpected paths. With Shireens encouragement, we decided to embrace this one.We began by asking every kid we knew about the best questions to ask other kids. We also asked their parents, aunts, uncles, grandparents, teachers, and older siblings...until we had a mega-list of fun and engaging kid-oriented questions.To be certain that every question spoke the language of today’s kids, we sought out leaders in the mindful-parenting movement: Hannah and Kelty of Upbringing.co. With their guidance, we narrowed down the list of questions and tweaked the language until each one was pitch-perfect for young and curious minds. Hannah and Kelty of Upbringing.co. Now, a year-and-a-half later, we’re proud to present the most fun product we’ve ever made: Holstee Reflection Cards for Kids, made especially for Shireen 🙂 — and everyone else age 6 and up! Looking forward to hearing the stories these decks spark with the young and curious minds in your life! Mike Radparvar Co-Founder, Holstee & Reflection.app   P.S. For those who have been following Holstee since the early days, Shireen may look familiar! As a one year old, Shireen was one of Holstee first models  showcasing our Holstee Bib. It's incredible to think today she is helping guide our product roadmap — time flies 🙂 Here is an old screenshot of the Holstee shop with Shireen rocking the Bib those many year ago:

  • Q&A with Lienke Raben
    by Admin Team on September 29, 2021 at 1:59 am

    This month we partner with illustrator Lienke Raben, who is based in Amsterdam.  Lienke likes to focus on murals (she has a mural company called Wallnuts), hand-lettering, and character illustration.  She enjoys working with a bright and limited color palette.  Lienk says of this month's theme, "Integrity is an important value to me. I can be a bit slow with my thoughts and my feelings, but that is often because I want to figure out, first, what something means to me and how I feel about it, before sharing it with the world."   For a little more about Lienke, here's a short Q&A: Where is home for you? My own apartment in Amsterdam.  I like to be home and make my place cozy.  And it feels even more like home now that my girlfriend moved in with me. 🙂 What is your definition of a successful life? I dream about traveling and doing mural projects abroad.  But, in the end, it’s just about doing the things that you like and spending time with the people you love.  That’s success for me.   Describe your perfect day. Sleep in, brunch with croissants or pancakes (or both, even better), and after that it doesn’t really matter, because after a great start like this, it can only be a nice and chill day.  Maybe go for a walk in nature, go to a museum, play games or just watch a series. How did you get into design? I’ve just always liked drawing.  I joined every coloring contest as a little kid and I was always doodling.  When I was a bit older, I started to like advertising and did a project about the history of advertising for a dutch chocolate brand in school.  I thought I wanted to work for an advertising agency.  Right now though, I’m more interested in communication and explaining then really selling.  I love the design thinking methods, and to be part of a bigger project, working with a team.  Rightnow, I’m combining this with being a freelance illustrator and mural artist. Where do you find inspiration? Color combinations, shapes and patterns - this can be in nature, clothes, interior, graphic design, etc.  And, just waiting for inspiration never works for me.  I just have to sit down and start and accept that it doesn’t always have to be nice and result in anything.  Sometimes a doodle, even an older one, can give me inspiration to make a new drawing.  Also, traveling (doesn’t necessarily need to be far away!) gives me a lot of inspiration.  I always keep a travel diary with little drawings and writings. I hope to be able to travel again soon. What's your dream design project? I actually just worked on my dream project that has been on my wishlist for quite a while.  Designing a beer label!  I worked together with Queers & Beers and hope to do more for them in the future.  Another dream design project would be designing the identity for a music festival. Which designers or thinkers influence/inspire you? I’m inspired by a lot of people I follow on Instagram. Here are a few that I love: Hedof, Malika Favre, Sebastian Curi, Tom Haugomat, Xaviera Altena, Lisa Congdon, Hey Studio, Rafael Mayani, Carolina Buzio, Maria Medem and, of course, my Wallnuts buddy Esther (Vonik). What was the inspiration behind this design? Funny enough, I made this illustration as a doodle on the word ‘Build’ for Inktober 2019.  I like the simple shapes and patterns.  And, I also like drawing hands. But, I actually think it works way better with the word ‘Balance’.   How does Integrity play out in your life? Integrity is an important value to me.  I can be a bit slow with my thoughts and my feelings, but that is often because I want to figure out, first, what something means to me and how I feel about it, before sharing it with the world.  I find integrity a beautiful character trait in other people too. I think it’s brave if someone dares to be vulnerable, while the opposite is maybe often expected from the world around you. At the moment, what is your favorite… Color: Cobalt blueFood: RamenSong: Stonefield - Sleep (Stonefield is actually the last concert I’ve been to, when it was still possible, right before corona!)   Thanks for sharing with us, Lienke!

  • Q&A with Cami Zea
    by Admin Team on September 8, 2021 at 5:50 am

    This month we partner with illustrator Cami Zea, who can be found anywhere along the West Coast of the USA.  Cami is an artist, writer, and feelings feeler expressing herself through digital lettering.  She says, "It takes true resilience to show up to this life- present, eyes ahead, taking it all in with your feet firmly planted. Not rushing what surfaces by the day- when circumstances are a chopping wave can you keep yourself in place and wait?”   For a little more about Cami, here's a short Q&A: Where is home for you? Anywhere along the West Coast of the United States. What is your definition of a successful life? A life that was lived with great curiosity and commitment to staying present.  I go to bed feeling the most successful when I am really awake within my day.  I tasted my coffee, I looked into someone's eyes, I soaked in my surroundings and listened with my whole self.  A life I paid great attention to is one of great success.   Describe your perfect day. On my perfect day, I wake up with curls that are working for me and zero trace of a grumpy attitude.  Somewhere along the way I get to see a lot of dogs.  I have slow coffee, and write for hours.  Every single word is inspiring!!  It ends with dinner around a table of people I love.  There is wine and, if I'm being honest, I probably cooked the meal and every bite was delicious!  People couldn't stop talking about how buttery the mashed potatoes were.  We drink many bottles and talk until we are tired.  I go to bed so full of life and love and carbs. How did you get into design? I've always been a creatively driven person.  I took art all of high school and my teacher (I love you, Sherry Windham!) discovered that I had great handwriting.  She asked me to design all of our prom posters from freshman to senior year- but I didn't know at the time that it could be a substantial career path. Where do you find inspiration? A connecting conversation almost always draws something beautiful out.  Tall trees.  Books with great characters.  Music. What's your dream design project? I would love to write a book full of hand drawn lettering quotes and longer form thoughts. Which designers or thinkers influence/inspire you? Alex Elle and Glennon Doyle provide deep soul stirring thoughts.  I've been leaning toward art with a lot of texture and motion lately, so the work of Lolly Lolly Ceramics and Caroline Kaufman textiles have really pulled me in.  My favorite lettering artists/illustrators of the moment are Lisa Congdon and Laci Jordan. What was the inspiration behind this design? My thoughts were swimming in the process of grief when I sat down and wrote this.  It's so human to be put off to pain.  Who wants to feel it?  My instincts want to shut off to it, but we must feel it through to heal.  We are worth the grit and guts it takes to heal. How does Resilience play out in your life? I wouldn't be where I was today if I didn't learn how to sit with what was difficult and heavy.  Allowing myself to experience the gift of thriving after trauma and grief has required great resilience and tenacity.  It has been the gift that cost a hefty price, but has also given me an artistic voice and led me back to myself year after year. At the moment, what is your favorite… Color: Black + Crisp red alwaysFood: Canelle et Vanille's banana breadSong: Eyes Are Red- Deep Sea Diver Quote: "To pay attention, this is our endless and proper work."- Mary Oliver   Thanks for sharing with us, Cami!

  • Q&A with Maartje Louwers
    by Admin Team on July 30, 2021 at 6:17 am

    This month we welcome back artist Maartje Louwers, who is based in the Netherlands.  She is a nurse, in her 20's, who enjoys illustrating art.  Maartje is a frontline worker during the COVID19 crisis and says illustrating is her time to put her mind to rest.  Maartje's design was created out of love and passion.  She says, "Passion is like a flower.  If you take care of it, it lets your heart bloom and you will flourish with it.  Do what you love, love what you do.”   For a little more about Maartje, here's a short Q&A: Where is home for you? My home is in the Netherlands. What is your definition of a successful life? Being happy and having the people you love close around you.   Describe your perfect day. A perfect day for me includes hanging with my two cats and my boyfriend, having a nice lunch with friends, (taking COVID19 precautions of course) and preparing a home cooked meal and inviting my family members. How did you get into design? I always enjoyed drawing.  A few years back I started to do it on a daily basis and improved.  I found that sharing it with others gave me joy as well. Where do you find inspiration? Mostly in nature, like the waves of the ocean.  As a nurse, I also like to add some anatomy to my illustrations. What's your dream design project? One day, I really would like to publish my own children's picture book. Which designers or thinkers influence/inspire you? I don’t have a specific influencer in mind, but I follow a lot of great artists on Instagram for inspiration and they all have their own unique style. What was the inspiration behind this design? I actually drew this as a Valentine's card for my boyfriend.  I thought it would be nice to give this instead of real flowers.   How does Passion play out in your life? When I was younger I did feel like I had to choose between two career paths. One of them was nursing and the other was being an artist.  I found out along the way I can practice both of these passions at the same time.  I am still trying to find a balance between these two. At the moment, what is your favorite… Color: Forest Green and Sunflower YellowFood: SushiSong: This is so hard. My favorite artists are: White Lies, De Staat, Lorde, Mumford & Sons, and I listen to Elvis as well.   Thanks for sharing with us, Maartje!

  • Creativity Pledge
    by Dave Rad on July 19, 2021 at 2:29 pm

    Maria Popova’s online publication, Brain Pickings, is a masterpiece. Her writing is so skillful, you would never guess that English is not her first language. In fact, her writing is so important that it’s been added to the Library of Congress’s permanent digital archive of culturally valuable materials.  Still, the success of Brain Pickings and Maria’s mastery as a writer did not happen overnight. She has been publishing to her site daily since 2006, when it began as “a plain-text email to seven friends” that she wrote during college.  When we see, read, or otherwise experience a masterpiece, what we often don’t think about are the countless years of practice and failed iterations that came before. Remarkable creators like Maria find a way to show up and do the work every day. They manage to let go of any self-limiting beliefs and suspend the fear of judgment while creating. “The site grew as I grew—an unfolding record of my intellectual, creative, and spiritual development,” Maria says. Masterpieces are not made by superhumans, but by mortals who have maintained a consistent commitment to their craft while permitting themselves the time and the mental space needed to create. Doing this is not easy, of course, but it is a requisite for the creation of outstanding original work. After years of researching the topic of creativity, our team found it necessary to regularly recommit to our creative selves. To help, we wrote this Creativity Pledge (also included in this month’s Creativity Guide for members) to print and hang right where our most important work gets done. We invite you to do the same. You can download the (free and printer-friendly!) Creativity Pledge PDF or view on instagram. Here’s to embracing your inner creative! Mike RadparvarCo-Founder, Holstee & Reflection.app P.S. This pledge is a work in progress, one which we plan to update each year. If you feel something is missing from this pledge, please let us know so we can consider it for the next update!

  • Q&A with Calvin Sprague
    by Admin Team on June 29, 2021 at 4:56 pm

    In July, we partner with illustrator Calvin Sprague.  Calvin is a California-born, Texas-raised American, living and loving life in The Netherlands.  For his Creativity illustration, Calvin says, “The pencil is the visual starting point of creativity for me.  While ideas are floating around in my head, it is not until I put a pencil onto paper that the visual concepts will start to come to fruition."   For a little more about Calvin, here's a short Q&A: Where is home for you? Texas. What is your definition of a successful life? To me, being successful is the opportunity to keep growing and learning.  Working for yourself in the field of illustration has its challenges and, therefore, gives me plenty of moments to reflect and continue to keep improving my craft—failure coincides with success.    How did you get into design? At the age of 13, when I started playing music with my brother, I began to learn and appreciate the visual side of music.  It was innocent at first, designing flyers, posters, and cd covers. However, once I figured out that music and design are mutually coherent, the rest was history. Where do you find inspiration? Inspiration can spring up anywhere.  I often find outlets from small things like cycling and taking in my surroundings, listening to music, watching movies, or hearing other people's stories.  However, all creatives do experience some form of designer's block.  When I have designer's block, it sometimes takes a day or two of just doing nothing to let my mind recharge. What's your dream design project? A dream design project of mine would be to develop sculptures or toys inspired by my personal work. What was the inspiration behind this design? Influenced by the Art Deco aesthetic and stain glass patterns, this was manifested by combining the two.   How does Creativity play out in your life? It is a part of my life in almost everything I do!  From experiencing a new culture to illustrating a detailed scene, creativity gives me energy in anything I do. At the moment, what is your favorite… Color: RedFood: TacosSong: Love by Ben Lukas Boysen Thanks for sharing with us, Calvin!

  • Between the waves and the sun.
    by Admin Team on June 11, 2021 at 10:58 pm

    "It is in our nature to explore, to reach out into the unknown. The only true failure would be not to explore at all." — Ernest Shackleton In a story from Greek mythology, master craftsman Daedalus and his son, Icarus, are being held captive on the island of Crete. To escape, Daedalus makes them both a set of wings made of feathers and wax. Before taking off,  Daedalus warns Icarus to avoid flying too low, so that the seawater doesn't ruin his wings, and avoid flying too high, so the sun's heat doesn’t melt the wax. Icarus famously ignores Daedalus’s instructions and flies so high that the wax in his wings begins to melt, causing him to fall into the sea and drown. This is the source of the idiom “Don't fly too close to the sun.” Seth Godin, author of the The Icarus Deception makes a strong case for how Daedalus’s instructions to avoid flying too close to the sun (hubris) is the lesson from the myth that has been popularized over the ages and that this happened at the expense of the companion advice of not flying too low (complacency). In today’s terms we might call this idea of flying too low “staying in our comfort zone” —a desire to avoid danger and feel safe. In reality, there is also a layer nestled perfectly between our comfort and danger zones: the growth zone.  The Comfort Zone is stress-free and comes with a relatively low risk-to-reward ratio. While you may not be challenged or grow in this zone, it offers you space to feel grounded and make sense of things. The Growth Zone is just outside your comfort zone. It brings some challenges and stress. These require heightened attention, but they are nothing your best self can’t handle. The Danger Zone is beyond your growth zone. Here learning is minimal because the gap between your ability and the challenge is just too wide. At best, this zone is discouraging. At worst, it’s a true threat to your safety Each new experience in the growth zone makes your comfort zone a little bit bigger. According to Godin, many of us have “built our comfort zone around being obedient and invisible, and as a result, we’re far too close to the waves.” In your life right now, what would it look like to step into growth? (Journal your response in Reflection.app → ) Mike Radparvar Co-Founder, Holstee & Reflection.app P.S. Dive deeper into this concept, along with many other approaches to the theme of Adventure in this month’s  Digital Adventure Guide PDF for Members!

  • Three ways to get more out of less.
    by Dave Rad on May 24, 2021 at 12:37 pm

    Inspired by the Montessori method used at our daycare, we decided to start a toy rotation for our son Shilo to keep things fresh for him without having to accumulate too many new objects. So we chose a few toys and books and left them out in baskets so they could be accessible for him. The rest we have set aside so that every week or so, we can refresh the assortment. While it seems counterintuitive, there are many examples of how constraints like this can actually unlock innovation and creativity. One of my favorite examples comes from Phil Hansen, an artist who made incredible pointillism illustrations until he developed a shake in his hand and was no longer able to keep his hand still for the detailed craft. Disappointed by his inability to create pointillist drawings, he spent years away from his passion for art until one day a doctor encouraged him to “embrace the shake”. In his inspiring TED Talk, Hansen shares how the “disability” and limitation of his shaky hands became his path for exploring completely new forms of art and expression. As we settle into this month's theme of Simplicity, I’ve begun to think about other ways I could experiment with limitations to get more out of less in my life. Here are three limits I have been exploring over the past few weeks: 1 — Less clothes. I took any piece of clothing that I haven't worn in the past three months out of my closet and packed it away in a suitcase. Less clothes in my closet makes it easier to find, sort, and appreciate the things I enjoy wearing most. It also translates to less day-to-day decision fatigue and less clutter. And let’s be honest, for the past year I’ve pretty much been wearing the same thing every day anyway. >.< 2 — Less food. Our pantry is stocked with items we haven't used in months — that massive bag of uncooked beans, those sardine tins, the ras el hanout spice mix that was in the apartment when we moved in… Instead of constantly moving these items from one side of the cupboard to the other in search of our go-to staples, we’ve committed to cooking a few of them each week. This Iron Chef meets Marie Kondo practice is surprisingly fun. The biggest bonus? The question, “What should we have for dinner this week?” has become a little less daunting. Time to finally use that half-pack of risotto! 3 — Less time. Now that my time is split between work and childcare, I have learned to be more intentional about how I spend my time. So while I'm working less overall, I have gotten much better at prioritizing my highest impact work. With less time available, I feel I am able to be more impactful with my time and effort. In what ways can you embrace limitations to get more out of less in your life? (Journal your response in Reflection.app → ) Dave RadparvarCo-Founder, Holstee & Reflection.app P.S. Speaking of kids toys, get a sneak peek at our new Reflection Cards for Kids → 

  • Adventure: Digital Guide
    by 247 Labs on May 21, 2021 at 11:30 am

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  • Q&A with Or Yogev
    by Admin Team on May 21, 2021 at 11:14 am

    In June, we partner with Or Yogev, an illustrator living in Kibbutz Dan on the far northern part of Israel.  Or, which means “light” in Hebrew, is a hunter gatherer of music and a "wanna be DJ".  His Adventure illustration is based on a dream.  Or says, “I love how dreams and imagination allow us to experience wild adventures that we never thought possible."   For a little more about Or, here's a short Q&A: Where is home for you? Kibbutz Dan, Israel. What is your definition of a successful life? A successful life would be to spread love around me and do good for those who surround me and others the best I can, to do something for the greater good and leave something meaningful in this world.   Describe your perfect day. Spending time with friends up north by the river, or just a lazy afternoon on the couch with my girlfriend. How did you get into design? I used to illustrate (ever since I can remember) so being an illustrator when I grew up was a natural continuation. Where do you find inspiration? Pretty much everywhere - music, nature, friends, books, TV.  What's your dream design project? I would really like to write and illustrate a children's book or a graphic novel...also, to illustrate the cover of The New Yorker. Which designers or thinkers influence/inspire you? I really like the illustrations of Joohee Yoon, Jon Mcnaught and Eleanor Davis, the cinematography of the Coen brothers, and how Neil deGrasse Tyson talks about the cosmos, how small we are, and that we are all made of stars. What was the inspiration behind this design? I made this illustration based on a man's dream about his late wife who passed away.  Though the man looks lonely, she is always around him and with him on his new adventure.   How does Adventure play out in your life? I always loved to travel, meet new people and experience different ways of living. It’s been a while since my last big trip and I hope it won’t be too long before my next one. At the moment, what is your favorite… Color: blue Food: red kubba Song: Hailu Mergia - Yefikir Engurguro Quote: “A society grows great when old men plant trees whose shade they know they shall never sit in.” - Greek Proverb Thanks for sharing with us, Or!

  • Digital Minimalism.
    by Admin Team on May 10, 2021 at 8:31 pm

    "They joined Facebook to stay in touch with friends across the country, and then ended up unable to maintain an uninterrupted conversation with the friend sitting across the table." — Cal Newport, Digital Minimalism I know, you know, we all know — there are better things to do with our time than peruse social media. Despite knowing this, I had to reel myself back from multiple digital distractions while writing this. Pandemic life over the past year certainly hasn’t helped. Reports show that in past months usage of Twitter, Instagram, TikTok, and other platforms have increased significantly. So, in light of this knowledge and this month’s theme, Simplicity, I invite you to visit (or revisit) author Cal Newport’s idea of digital minimalism with me. According to Cal, “the cost of social media is not so much what you are doing, but what it is pushing out of your life” — and for many of us, that is high-quality leisure activities and learning how to be alone. While always-available apps and social media have their merits, they also enable a unique form of “low quality distraction”, giving us a ready escape when we might otherwise be processing important problems, gaining insight, or practicing the lost art of simply being. Over time, this leaves us feeling impoverished. Enter Cal’s Three Principles of Digital Minimalism: Clutter is Costly — Which apps are critical and support your values?Cal draws a parallel to how hoarders can point to any single item in their collection and give a reason for why that item needs to stay in their life. The same can be said for our digital lives. Each app is working to dictate how you spend your time. Optimization Matters — How can you make technology support, rather than dictate, your schedule? For example, if you are a member of a community that uses Facebook groups, you can exercise digital minimalism by deciding to not have the app on your phone or only check the group on Sunday and Wednesday nights. Intentionality is Satisfying — What are ways that convenience is getting in the way of your intentions?It’s easy to worry that adopting digital minimalism might lead to temporary inconveniences, like not being 100% up-to-date on the latest news or updates from friends. Cal argues that this is OK because the positive overall value of being intentional and taking back control of your presence far outweighs any marginal benefits gained from sporadic updates. After revisiting digital minimalism, the question I keep returning to is: How can technology support me, rather than dictate my attention? I plan to use this month to identify the apps which are critical to my well-being and remove those that are just convenient. At the end of the month, I may add some non-critical apps back in, but at the very least I’d like to challenge myself to live like a digital minimalist for the rest of May — want to join me? For those joining the Member Gathering on the 20th, we will touch base on how it’s going and share takeaways from our experiences. To a month of less, but better... Mike RadparvarCo-Founder, Holstee & Reflection.app P.S. Digital minimalism is one of many ways we explore the theme of Simplicity with our members. Download our 25-page Digital Simplicity Guide PDF for more concepts, activities, and inspiration on living a simpler yet more meaningful life.

  • Simplicity: Digital Art Download
    by 247 Labs on April 28, 2021 at 9:55 am

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  • In sickness and in health.
    by Dave Rad on April 9, 2021 at 11:44 am

    Two weeks ago, Shilo, our 9-month-old, came down with a fever and a bad cold. At first it was just Shilo not feeling well, then my partner, Jess, and not long after, I picked it up as well. This was Shilo’s first time getting sick and it was hard for us to see him so uncomfortable, especially without knowing exactly what he was going through. We couldn’t tell if he had a headache like Jess, or if he had a sore throat like me. We could only be there for him, tuning in to his needs and doing our best to comfort him. Jess and I took turns resting and caring for Shilo — and each other — over the course of 10 days. It was a challenging time for each of us. Toward the end of the first week, I began thinking about the time we spend caring for each other. A friend (thanks, Fabian :-)) shared a podcast interview with child psychologist Alison Gopnik by journalist Ezra Klein with me. The entire conversation was thought-provoking and a joy to listen to — but one line in particular stuck with me. Gopnik shared the idea that “we don’t care for children because we love them, we love them because we care for them.” Reflecting on my first 9 months of fatherhood, I realized how true this rang for me. When Shilo was first born, I experienced the common-though-rarely-shared sentiment of not immediately feeling a special connection to our newborn. I had a deep sense of responsibility and a desire to care, but not a strong sense of connection — not at that time. But that sense of connection, and a sense of love, grew with time, and with care. As we explore the theme of Compassion this month at Holstee, I also wonder what Gopnik’s words might mean in a broader sense. What if our capacity for loving each other, even those we feel distant from or opposed to, was unlocked by the opportunity to care for one another? To embracing the unexpected paths to love, Dave RadparvarCo-Founder, Holstee & Reflection.app P.S. Speaking of kids… we are preparing to launch our first ever product designed especially for children! Get a sneak peek and sign up to be notified of our discounted early-bird launch →  P.P.S. If you want to dive deeper into this month’s theme, our 30-page Digital Compassion Guide includes poetry, philosophy, and a range of activities to help you reflect on the role Compassion plays in your life.

  • Q&A with Ana Seixas
    by Admin Team on March 29, 2021 at 4:01 am

    In April, we partner with Ana Seixas, an illustrator from Viseu, a small city in the center of Portugal.  Ana loves bright colors and bold shapes.  Nature, traveling, love and relationships are themes most represented in her personal work.  When asked about her art for this month's theme of Compassion, Ana says, “In moments of uncertainty, doubt, fear or pain, I give myself a hug and I hold myself through that moment....I just need to understand that the feeling or reaction is valid, and love is all it needs.  For me, that is compassion." For a little more about Ana, here's a short Q&A: Where is home for you? Where my cats are, and at the moment, our home is in Porto, Portugal. What is your definition of a successful life? This is something I’ve been thinking about for a long time, and I’ve come to theconclusion that living a successful life for me is living in peace with myself, dealing with my inner conflicts in a healthy manner and cultivating serenity all the way.   Describe your perfect day. Sunshine, nature and a dip in the ocean. How did you get into design? Drawing, for me, is just a normal thing to do, always has been. I believe it wassomething I never doubted I wanted to pursue.  I studied Design in Aveiro University, and then, when living in Barcelona I specialized in Illustration.  I just kept on drawing, and that is wonderful. Where do you find inspiration? I love to have a coffee on a terrace with my notebook on the table and take notes about things I would like to draw.  I’m inspired by what surrounds me.  Also, staring at the waves and the trees, surrounding myself with nature, interesting people and deep thoughts. What's your dream design project? I’ve already worked on so many cool projects!  But yes, there are still things that I dream about doing, like designing a clothing collection for kids. Which designers or thinkers influence/inspire you? Lisa Congdon and Louise Lockart, I love the way they bring illustration to products and how they spread joy and love through their work. Also, I feel very inspired by Corita Kent’s meaningful life story. What was the inspiration behind this design? This illustration was on my mind for a while, I wanted to share the idea of giving a hug, being there for myself during the hardest times.   At the moment, what is your favorite… Color: YellowFood: Grilled vegetables and roasted sweet potatoesSong: "Your hand in mine" by Explosions in the skyQuote: "Flowers grow out of dark moments." Corita Kent Thanks for sharing with us, Ana!

  • A holistic approach to Wellness.
    by Dave Rad on March 22, 2021 at 11:09 am

    According to the The National Wellness Institute, “Wellness is an active process through which people become aware of, and make choices toward, a more successful existence.”   I love how this definition acknowledges both the awareness and the proactive effort required. Our holistic health is important, but often we don’t prioritize it until we notice something is seriously wrong. This month’s Digital Wellness Guide includes a self-check across six dimensions: Mind: I am aware of my emotions. I engage in creative and stimulating activities. Body: I am physically active, eat mostly whole foods, and prioritize my sleep. Soul: I feel both a sense of awe and connection to the world around me. Work: I gain personal satisfaction and fulfillment from my responsibilities. Play: I make time for activities that spark joy in me. Love: I nourish and am nourished by the people in my life. Here is peek at how this self-check looks in this month’s Digital Wellness Guide: These wellness dimensions are not something we do or don’t have — they always exist on an ever-changing continuum. By bringing self-awareness to each dimension, you can get closer to feeling whole. We share this practice annually, and encourage you to revisit it as often as you feel called to do so — wellness is not a goal, it's a practice. Wishing you wellness by every measure, Dave RadparvarCo-Founder, Holstee & Reflection.app P.S. Thanks to Holstee’s talented designers, Nicole and Carrie, you can have these six dimensions, as well as many other concepts, in beautiful, bitesize infographics.  P.P.S. We believe that this wellness practice is so important that we’ve made it a cornerstone of our Reflection.app. Every month, in your Monthly Review, you are prompted to reflect on each dimension — with the app automatically surfacing your journal entries tagged by dimension. Reflection.app and these built-in Monthly Reviews are free, and you can access the app on web, iOS and Android.

  • Q&A with Maggie Chiang
    by Admin Team on February 26, 2021 at 5:24 pm

    In March, we partner with Northern California illustrator, Maggie Chiang. Some of Maggie's hobbies include gaming, gardening, and taking care of her fresh water aquarium full of shrimp and fish.  Maggie's art for our theme of Wellness "...represents, a snippet of daily life, an appreciation for the little things."  Maggie says, "Taking breaks, watering my plants, doing yoga and creating art all help my physical and mental wellness. I think it’s important to do things that make you happy." For a little more about Maggie, here's a short Q&A: Where is home for you? California. What is your definition of a successful life? Living a happy comfortable life, with good friends and a healthy family.     Describe your perfect day. A beautiful sunny day with a light breeze, and going out for a cup of tea at a relaxing cafe. How did you get into design? I’ve always loved drawing as a kid, and decided in high school to pursue my hobby as a career. Where do you find inspiration? Inspiration comes from everywhere.  It could come from a conversation, something that I see while driving, or a past memory. What's your dream design project? I have thought about this question for a long time, and I don’t really have an answer, but I will say that I have been very fortunate, and super grateful, for the career that I’ve had so far.  All the projects I’ve done, I never thought I’d get the opportunity to do so. Which designers or thinkers influence/inspire you? As cheesy as this may sound, my friends really inspire me. Seeing the work theycreate and the drive that they have is really inspiring.  I recommend checking them out!  There’s Leonard Santamaria, Lisa Kogawa, Sally Deng, Alycea Tinoyan, Lina Yu, Aj Dungo, Amy Matsushita-Beal. What was the inspiration behind this design? Like many people, I love indoor plants and yoga!  So, I drew this piece in celebration for those things, an appreciation of the little things in life.     At the moment, what is your favorite… Color: Light Indigo Food: Fries Song: The Weeknd - In Your Eyes Remix feat. Doja Cat Quote: Don’t think about making art, just get it done.  Let everyone else decide if it’s good or bad, whether they love it or hate it.  While they are deciding, make even more art. - Andy Warhol Thanks for sharing with us, Maggie!

  • Wellness: Digital Art Download
    by Leah Duffney on February 25, 2021 at 10:49 am

    The Holstee TeamMore

  • Homeward.
    by Admin Team on February 15, 2021 at 8:44 pm

    Every day, new Holstee members introduce themselves in our Community Forum. These introductory posts are gems, with new members offering a glimpse into their lives, stories and questions — reminding us of how widespread this community is and the shared values that bring us together. Through a recent introduction, I became reacquainted with the notion of “homeward” — one of those words that perfectly capture an experience, like sonder and arete. Here’s the exchange from the forum, where Philippe, a new member from Australia, first shared the word in their introduction: Philippe: I have been encouraged by this idea of “homeward,” where alongside others we co-create home for each other. That’s my interest and passion — as well as surfing. Katie: Can you please expand a bit on the concept of homeward? I'm very curious. Philippe: Dear Katie ...Homeward is a movement of people who accompany one another on the lifelong journey home. Homeward people believe that when our stories intersect, we are being invited to better understand and co-create life-giving experiences of home. Phillippe goes on to define “home” as “A state of being completely known and loved which empowers one to risk vulnerability and empathy. It is a space of safety and flourishing that one can venture from and return to…”  Philippe’s understanding of homeward, and unique definition of home, resonated with me because it is precisely the type of communal journey we are striving for at Holstee. It is a sentiment we try to embody in each Member Gathering. Each of us has an opportunity to be a catalyst of such a “homeward” movement for those we cross paths with in our lives. How do you define home? Join the conversation in our Community Forum. To our journey home, together, Mike RadparvarCo-Founder, Holstee & Reflection.app

Tiny Buddha simple wisdom for complex lives

  • How I Turned My Disability into Desirability with a Simple Perspective Change
    by Dr Raman K Attri on June 28, 2022 at 8:17 pm

    “Stop thinking in terms of limitations and start thinking in terms of possibilities.” ~Terry Josephson  I was affected by the deadly poliovirus when I was six months old. Most people infected with it die. Even today, there is no cure … The post How I Turned My Disability into Desirability with a Simple Perspective Change appeared first on Tiny Buddha.

  • When You Strongly Disagree with Someone: How to Find Common Ground
    by Mitchell Geoffrey on June 26, 2022 at 9:37 pm

    “The truth you believe and cling to makes you unavailable to hear anything new.” ~Pema Chodron I was recently having dinner with a group of friends, and I casually mentioned that I’ve been making more effort in my life to … The post When You Strongly Disagree with Someone: How to Find Common Ground appeared first on Tiny Buddha.

  • How to Live an Extraordinary Life, Starting Right Where You Are
    by Leslie Ralph on June 24, 2022 at 2:00 am

    “Let the beauty we love be what we do. There are hundreds of ways to kneel and kiss the ground.” ~Rumi “Isn’t this a miracle?” I asked myself in the milk aisle at Whole Foods. It was a Wednesday night … The post How to Live an Extraordinary Life, Starting Right Where You Are appeared first on Tiny Buddha.

  • Practical Pathways to Inner Peace: A Free Video Series for Inner Calm
    by Lori Deschene on June 23, 2022 at 10:49 pm

    As a mom who works from home while caring for two young kids, I know all too well how easy is to get overwhelmed and stressed out. I also know the deep sense of regret and sometimes shame that bubble … The post Practical Pathways to Inner Peace: A Free Video Series for Inner Calm appeared first on Tiny Buddha.

  • How To Keep Moving Forward When You Feel Like Shutting Down
    by Harriet Cabelly on June 23, 2022 at 3:45 am

    “I can’t believe what I’m managing to get through.” ~Frank Bruni My worst fear was inflicted upon me three months ago: a cancer diagnosis—non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma.  Out of nowhere! Truth be told though, lots of awful things that happen to us … The post How To Keep Moving Forward When You Feel Like Shutting Down appeared first on Tiny Buddha.

  • Why Stability Feels Unsettling When You Grew Up Around Chaos
    by Evie Graham on June 21, 2022 at 10:46 pm

    “Refuse to inherit dysfunction. Learn new ways of living instead of repeating what you lived through.” ~Thema Davis For anybody that experienced a chaotic childhood, stability in adulthood is unfamiliar territory. When you grow up in an environment where shouting … The post Why Stability Feels Unsettling When You Grew Up Around Chaos appeared first on Tiny Buddha.

  • Dear Everyone Who Tells Me I Should Reconcile with My Parents
    by Jen Hinkkala on June 20, 2022 at 10:45 pm

    “You are allowed to terminate your relationship with toxic family members. You are allowed to walk away from people who hurt you. You don’t owe anyone an explanation for taking care of yourself.” ~Unknown You might think I’m a monster … The post Dear Everyone Who Tells Me I Should Reconcile with My Parents appeared first on Tiny Buddha.

  • The Power of Reframing: 3 Ways to Feel Better About Life
    by Kate Tunstall on June 19, 2022 at 9:20 pm

    “Some people could be given an entire field of roses and only see the thorns in it. Others could be given a single weed and only see the wildflower in it. Perception is a key component to gratitude. And gratitude … The post The Power of Reframing: 3 Ways to Feel Better About Life appeared first on Tiny Buddha.

  • My Dad Died From Depression: This Is How I Coped with His Suicide
    by Jessica Scheper on June 17, 2022 at 3:50 am

    “Grief is really just love. It’s all the love you want to give, but cannot. All that unspent love gathers up in the corners of your eyes, the lump in your throat, and in that hollow part of your chest. … The post My Dad Died From Depression: This Is How I Coped with His Suicide appeared first on Tiny Buddha.

  • How Mindfulness Made Me an Empowered Introvert (and How It Can Help You)
    by David Oscar on June 15, 2022 at 10:06 pm

    “Introverts live in two worlds: We visit the world of people, but solitude and the inner world will always be our home.” ~Jenn Granneman, The Secret Lives of Introverts: Inside Our Hidden World Never at any point in … The post How Mindfulness Made Me an Empowered Introvert (and How It Can Help You) appeared first on Tiny Buddha.

Tiny Buddha simple wisdom for complex lives

  • How I Turned My Disability into Desirability with a Simple Perspective Change
    by Dr Raman K Attri on June 28, 2022 at 8:17 pm

    “Stop thinking in terms of limitations and start thinking in terms of possibilities.” ~Terry Josephson  I was affected by the deadly poliovirus when I was six months old. Most people infected with it die. Even today, there is no cure … The post How I Turned My Disability into Desirability with a Simple Perspective Change appeared first on Tiny Buddha.

  • When You Strongly Disagree with Someone: How to Find Common Ground
    by Mitchell Geoffrey on June 26, 2022 at 9:37 pm

    “The truth you believe and cling to makes you unavailable to hear anything new.” ~Pema Chodron I was recently having dinner with a group of friends, and I casually mentioned that I’ve been making more effort in my life to … The post When You Strongly Disagree with Someone: How to Find Common Ground appeared first on Tiny Buddha.

  • How to Live an Extraordinary Life, Starting Right Where You Are
    by Leslie Ralph on June 24, 2022 at 2:00 am

    “Let the beauty we love be what we do. There are hundreds of ways to kneel and kiss the ground.” ~Rumi “Isn’t this a miracle?” I asked myself in the milk aisle at Whole Foods. It was a Wednesday night … The post How to Live an Extraordinary Life, Starting Right Where You Are appeared first on Tiny Buddha.

  • Practical Pathways to Inner Peace: A Free Video Series for Inner Calm
    by Lori Deschene on June 23, 2022 at 10:49 pm

    As a mom who works from home while caring for two young kids, I know all too well how easy is to get overwhelmed and stressed out. I also know the deep sense of regret and sometimes shame that bubble … The post Practical Pathways to Inner Peace: A Free Video Series for Inner Calm appeared first on Tiny Buddha.

  • How To Keep Moving Forward When You Feel Like Shutting Down
    by Harriet Cabelly on June 23, 2022 at 3:45 am

    “I can’t believe what I’m managing to get through.” ~Frank Bruni My worst fear was inflicted upon me three months ago: a cancer diagnosis—non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma.  Out of nowhere! Truth be told though, lots of awful things that happen to us … The post How To Keep Moving Forward When You Feel Like Shutting Down appeared first on Tiny Buddha.

  • Why Stability Feels Unsettling When You Grew Up Around Chaos
    by Evie Graham on June 21, 2022 at 10:46 pm

    “Refuse to inherit dysfunction. Learn new ways of living instead of repeating what you lived through.” ~Thema Davis For anybody that experienced a chaotic childhood, stability in adulthood is unfamiliar territory. When you grow up in an environment where shouting … The post Why Stability Feels Unsettling When You Grew Up Around Chaos appeared first on Tiny Buddha.

  • Dear Everyone Who Tells Me I Should Reconcile with My Parents
    by Jen Hinkkala on June 20, 2022 at 10:45 pm

    “You are allowed to terminate your relationship with toxic family members. You are allowed to walk away from people who hurt you. You don’t owe anyone an explanation for taking care of yourself.” ~Unknown You might think I’m a monster … The post Dear Everyone Who Tells Me I Should Reconcile with My Parents appeared first on Tiny Buddha.

  • The Power of Reframing: 3 Ways to Feel Better About Life
    by Kate Tunstall on June 19, 2022 at 9:20 pm

    “Some people could be given an entire field of roses and only see the thorns in it. Others could be given a single weed and only see the wildflower in it. Perception is a key component to gratitude. And gratitude … The post The Power of Reframing: 3 Ways to Feel Better About Life appeared first on Tiny Buddha.

  • My Dad Died From Depression: This Is How I Coped with His Suicide
    by Jessica Scheper on June 17, 2022 at 3:50 am

    “Grief is really just love. It’s all the love you want to give, but cannot. All that unspent love gathers up in the corners of your eyes, the lump in your throat, and in that hollow part of your chest. … The post My Dad Died From Depression: This Is How I Coped with His Suicide appeared first on Tiny Buddha.

  • How Mindfulness Made Me an Empowered Introvert (and How It Can Help You)
    by David Oscar on June 15, 2022 at 10:06 pm

    “Introverts live in two worlds: We visit the world of people, but solitude and the inner world will always be our home.” ~Jenn Granneman, The Secret Lives of Introverts: Inside Our Hidden World Never at any point in … The post How Mindfulness Made Me an Empowered Introvert (and How It Can Help You) appeared first on Tiny Buddha.


Mindfulness Exercises Mindfulness Exercises & Guided Meditations

  • 6 Mindful Ways to Celebrate the Summer Solstice
    by Sean Fargo on June 17, 2022 at 11:51 am

    Before modern technology made it possible to illuminate darkness in the middle of winter and ship produce around the world throughout the year, our ancestors lived in close alignment with the cyclical nature of the seasons. Many around the world held rituals and celebrations for the various phases of these cycles.Today, more and more people The post 6 Mindful Ways to Celebrate the Summer Solstice appeared first on Mindfulness Exercises.

  • Juneteenth, Mindfulness and the Ongoing Work Toward Social Justice
    by Sean Fargo on June 15, 2022 at 5:31 pm

    Juneteenth 2022 celebrates 157 years since the emancipation of enslaved people in the United States, and at the same time it recalls a painful past. Mindfulness helps us to honor this past, celebrate the present, and chart a better course for the future.Here we detail the connection between mindfulness and social justice, including: What is The post Juneteenth, Mindfulness and the Ongoing Work Toward Social Justice appeared first on Mindfulness Exercises.

  • Reduce Rumination and Increase Positive States Through Neuro-Learning
    by Sean Fargo on June 15, 2022 at 9:00 am

    Sometimes we all have days when we spend much of our mental energy on everything other than what’s in front of us now. We get anxious about tomorrow, replay a situation that happened yesterday, or worry about what other people may think of us if we do or say something that’s on our hearts. This The post Reduce Rumination and Increase Positive States Through Neuro-Learning appeared first on Mindfulness Exercises.

  • How to Harness the Power of Meditation, Mindfulness, and Manifesting
    by Sean Fargo on June 14, 2022 at 4:49 pm

    Meditation, mindfulness and manifesting. You may have heard of them. You may even have tried one, or even all of them. Individually, they can be very powerful and help to discover more about your mind, body and spirit. But, when used alongside each other, the positive power they can produce can be life and mind-set The post How to Harness the Power of Meditation, Mindfulness, and Manifesting appeared first on Mindfulness Exercises.

  • Myths and Facts How Yoga Contributes to Body Detox
    by Sean Fargo on June 13, 2022 at 4:07 pm

    Ah, the myths around yoga and its almost magic detox effects. If you google detox yoga, you’ll get over 41,000,000 search results. And beyond 7,000,000 results, if you change your phrase to “detox yoga classes”. Well, there must be something about it then, right? But what if we told you that “detox yoga” is a myth? The post Myths and Facts How Yoga Contributes to Body Detox appeared first on Mindfulness Exercises.

  • How to Overcome Impostor Syndrome and Share Mindfulness From the Heart
    by Sean Fargo on June 1, 2022 at 9:09 am

    If your life has been touched by mindfulness, you may feel the urge to share it with others to help them reduce their suffering. As a mindfulness teacher, you want others to feel the same sense of ease and peace that mindfulness may have brought into your days.When teaching mindfulness, it’s normal to experience hesitation, The post How to Overcome Impostor Syndrome and Share Mindfulness From the Heart appeared first on Mindfulness Exercises.

  • 10 Tips for Teaching Mindfulness of Breathing Practices
    by Sean Fargo on June 1, 2022 at 9:00 am

    As a mindfulness teacher, one of the first practices that you may introduce to your students or clients is mindfulness of breath. Because breathing is something we all do, this makes mindfulness of breathing a very accessible beginner practice. It requires very little explanation beforehand and doesn’t even need to be introduced as a meditation.If The post 10 Tips for Teaching Mindfulness of Breathing Practices appeared first on Mindfulness Exercises.

  • 9 Mindful Daily Habits to Improve Your Mental Health
    by Sean Fargo on May 22, 2022 at 10:39 am

    Have you asked yourself lately how can I get started with being more mindful and embracing a positive outlook? First things first, don’t wait for times of stress to practice mindfulness. Incorporate it into your day-to-day to live a life full of gratitude. Read on to discover nine healthy mindful habits to start improving your The post 9 Mindful Daily Habits to Improve Your Mental Health appeared first on Mindfulness Exercises.

  • What is a Daily Gratitude Journal and Why Should You Have One
    by Sean Fargo on April 15, 2022 at 9:21 am

    Keeping a gratitude journal is a great way to intentionally focus your attention on the things, people, or situations that you appreciate in your life. Gratitude is a great way to reduce the stress, anxiety and fear that often arise when our mind’s attention is fixated on worrying about what might go wrong. At any given The post What is a Daily Gratitude Journal and Why Should You Have One appeared first on Mindfulness Exercises.

  • Guided Morning Meditation Tutorial
    by Sean Fargo on April 15, 2022 at 8:06 am

    Your morning routine can have a significant impact on the rest of your day. If you start your morning off on the right foot, it’s much easier to gain momentum for a day where you can be truly present, focused, calm, and even more confident. Morning meditation is a great way to center yourself, open your The post Guided Morning Meditation Tutorial appeared first on Mindfulness Exercises.

  • Self-Compassion Visualization: The Blanket of Love
    by Sean Fargo on March 29, 2022 at 3:04 pm

    Self-Compassion Visualization: The Blanket of Love Take a moment to come to a comfortable seated position, turning your attention towards your breath, and making any adjustments required for comfort. FREE DOWNLOAD...Download the "" Guided Meditation Script, Right Now, For Free!Use this Script to:Instantly be more confident leading others in meditationGain instant credibility with clients, students, The post Self-Compassion Visualization: The Blanket of Love appeared first on Mindfulness Exercises.

  • Self-Compassion Through the Body
    by Sean Fargo on March 28, 2022 at 2:59 pm

    Self-Compassion Through the Body Hello, and welcome to this self-compassionate journey through the body. This is a meditation that will guide us through the physical body one area at a time while cultivating kindness towards our physical being. FREE DOWNLOAD...Download the "" Guided Meditation Script, Right Now, For Free!Use this Script to:Instantly be more confident The post Self-Compassion Through the Body appeared first on Mindfulness Exercises.

  • Intention of Self-Compassion
    by Sean Fargo on March 27, 2022 at 2:54 pm

    Intention of Self-Compassion This practice can be used on its own or as an introductory meditation to another self-compassion meditation or exercise. FREE DOWNLOAD...Download the "" Guided Meditation Script, Right Now, For Free!Use this Script to:Instantly be more confident leading others in meditationGain instant credibility with clients, students, and patientsRecord audios and videos that you The post Intention of Self-Compassion appeared first on Mindfulness Exercises.

  • Identifying Self-Judgment and Bringing in Self-Compassion
    by Sean Fargo on March 26, 2022 at 2:38 pm

    Identifying Self-Judgment and Bringing in Self-Compassion This meditation is to support us in identifying our self-judgment and then bringing self-compassion to meet it.  FREE DOWNLOAD...Download the "" Guided Meditation Script, Right Now, For Free!Use this Script to:Instantly be more confident leading others in meditationGain instant credibility with clients, students, and patientsRecord audios and videos that The post Identifying Self-Judgment and Bringing in Self-Compassion appeared first on Mindfulness Exercises.

  • Directional Compassion
    by Sean Fargo on March 25, 2022 at 1:38 pm

    Directional Compassion This meditation is a gentle reminder that even if we are physically alone or feel like we are the only one to face this challenge, we are never truly alone. Our experience is common to all of humanity. FREE DOWNLOAD...Download the "" Guided Meditation Script, Right Now, For Free!Use this Script to:Instantly be The post Directional Compassion appeared first on Mindfulness Exercises.

  • How a Mindfulness Program Made Its Way Into a Federal Agency
    by Sean Fargo on March 20, 2022 at 3:22 pm

    What started as an effort to help colleagues cope amidst the pandemic sprouted into something much bigger: a nationwide mindfulness program within the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA). Now called the Mindful EPA, the mindfulness program was launched in July 2021 to give EPA employees a tool to more effectively relate to stress and other challenges in their The post How a Mindfulness Program Made Its Way Into a Federal Agency appeared first on Mindfulness Exercises.

  • Introduce Mindfulness to Your Organization or Workplace with These 9 Tips
    by Sean Fargo on March 20, 2022 at 2:54 pm

    Interested in bringing mindfulness to your organization? Try these proven tips from Dr. Lena Adams Kim, creator of Mindful EPA, the Environmental Protection Agency’s nationwide mindfulness program. People are the heart of successful organizations. Without addressing the very human tensions, fears, and inner challenges employees and leaders face, organizations can become stagnant and lessen their impact. The post Introduce Mindfulness to Your Organization or Workplace with These 9 Tips appeared first on Mindfulness Exercises.

  • 5 Minute Meditation Script from Mindfulness Exercises
    by Sean Fargo on March 9, 2022 at 2:20 pm

    What can you do in 5 minutes? How long does it take to feel a wave of sadness or have a belly laugh?They can happen in a second, and one skill you can learn through mindfulness is how quickly you can intentionally shift a difficult state or mood to increase your sense of well-being.You don’t The post 5 Minute Meditation Script from Mindfulness Exercises appeared first on Mindfulness Exercises.

  • Cultivating Self-Care and Extending It Out
    by Sean Fargo on March 3, 2022 at 6:36 am

    Cultivating Self-Care and Extending It Out In today’s practice, we will be cultivating self-care and self-compassion and then offering it out to others. FREE DOWNLOAD...Download the "" Guided Meditation Script, Right Now, For Free!Use this Script to:Instantly be more confident leading others in meditationGain instant credibility with clients, students, and patientsRecord audios and videos that The post Cultivating Self-Care and Extending It Out appeared first on Mindfulness Exercises.

  • Breathing Self-Compassion
    by Sean Fargo on March 2, 2022 at 6:21 am

    Breathing Self-Compassion Hello and welcome to this guided meditation that combines awareness of the breath with compassion for the self. In this practice, we will use the breath as a tool to support the cultivation of self-love. FREE DOWNLOAD...Download the "" Guided Meditation Script, Right Now, For Free!Use this Script to:Instantly be more confident leading The post Breathing Self-Compassion appeared first on Mindfulness Exercises.

  • Self-Compassion Pause
    by Sean Fargo on February 27, 2022 at 2:29 pm

    Self-Compassion Pause Let’s take a moment to pause – to tune into our experience with presence, curiosity, and self-compassion. FREE DOWNLOAD...Download the "" Guided Meditation Script, Right Now, For Free!Use this Script to:Instantly be more confident leading others in meditationGain instant credibility with clients, students, and patientsRecord audios and videos that you can share freelyJust The post Self-Compassion Pause appeared first on Mindfulness Exercises.

  • Kindness for Your Thinking Mind
    by Sean Fargo on February 26, 2022 at 2:20 pm

    Kindness for Your Thinking Mind Each one of us has a thinking mind that works a lot. Often, it works overtime. In today’s practice, we will be offering kindness to our thinking mind, helping to bring it a sense of peace and gratitude. FREE DOWNLOAD...Download the "" Guided Meditation Script, Right Now, For Free!Use this The post Kindness for Your Thinking Mind appeared first on Mindfulness Exercises.

  • Compassion for Your Emotions
    by Sean Fargo on February 25, 2022 at 1:53 pm

    Compassion for Your Emotions Hello and welcome to this guided meditation to help you cultivate greater compassion for your emotional experience. As humans, we all experience a range of emotions – from those that uplift us to those that challenge us. FREE DOWNLOAD...Download the "" Guided Meditation Script, Right Now, For Free!Use this Script to:Instantly The post Compassion for Your Emotions appeared first on Mindfulness Exercises.

  • Compassion for the Whole Body
    by Sean Fargo on February 23, 2022 at 1:13 pm

    Compassion for the Whole Body Hello, and welcome to this gentle guided meditation practice that will invite you to cultivate compassion for your whole body. Before we get started, take a moment to find a comfortable position either seated or lying down. FREE DOWNLOAD...Download the "" Guided Meditation Script, Right Now, For Free!Use this Script The post Compassion for the Whole Body appeared first on Mindfulness Exercises.

  • Morning Yoga Stretches | Wake Up & Feel Great
    by Sean Fargo on February 8, 2022 at 3:17 am

    Morning Yoga Stretches Routine Just imagine: instead of starting your day feeling tired or stressed, you can move into your day refreshed and calm, with just 15-20 minutes of morning yoga stretches. Yoga is a healing practice no matter what time of day you choose to do it, but there are a few things about The post Morning Yoga Stretches | Wake Up & Feel Great appeared first on Mindfulness Exercises.

  • Inner Child Guided Meditation | Free Inner Child Meditation Script
    by Sean Fargo on February 8, 2022 at 2:54 am

    Guided Meditation for Healing Your Inner ChildMany if not most of us, carry wounds from childhood that affect us today. They may be small or traumatic, but we can see there are ways that we think, feel and act that we do not consciously choose. Instead, they happen unconsciously based on painful experiences from a The post Inner Child Guided Meditation | Free Inner Child Meditation Script appeared first on Mindfulness Exercises.

  • 9 Mindfulness Tips for Holiday Stress
    by Sean Fargo on December 18, 2021 at 7:15 am

    The holiday season is often portrayed as a time of fun, laughter, love, and good cheer. While this may indeed be the case for some, the holidays can also bring about stress, difficult emotions, and tension within our relationships. Practicing mindfulness during this season can help to reduce holiday stress and increase our ability to The post 9 Mindfulness Tips for Holiday Stress appeared first on Mindfulness Exercises.

  • 7 Guided Meditation Scripts for Yoga Teachers
    by Sean Fargo on December 5, 2021 at 2:13 am

    Mindfulness meditation and yoga go hand in hand. Both are practices that can help us tune into the present moment – to sync up with the reality of our experience. While these two practices are often taught separately, they can be effortlessly integrated. Guided meditation scripts for yoga teachers can support this intertwining. In this overview The post 7 Guided Meditation Scripts for Yoga Teachers appeared first on Mindfulness Exercises.

  • 10 Guided Meditations to Help You Sleep Better
    by Sean Fargo on November 21, 2021 at 1:19 am

    American novelist Scott F. Fitzgerald once wrote: “The worst thing in the world is to try to sleep and not to.” Many who struggle to sleep well at night might agree with this. Poor sleep quality or quantity negatively impacts our mind, our body, and our spirit. Therefore, doing what we can to improve our The post 10 Guided Meditations to Help You Sleep Better appeared first on Mindfulness Exercises.

  • How to Be Mindful of Your Emotions
    by Sean Fargo on November 17, 2021 at 3:14 am

    As humans, we all experience a wide range of emotions. From uplifting emotions like joy and contentment to more challenging emotions like anger and sadness, the human emotional experience comes in many shades. Mindfulness of emotions is the practice of bearing witness to whatever emotion we are experiencing – with curiosity, care, and non-judgment. It The post How to Be Mindful of Your Emotions appeared first on Mindfulness Exercises.