Saturday, April 28, 2012

Appreciate and enjoy the things that surround you

Frederic and Mary Ann Brussat offer "Handle Your Things with Care" that addresses "soulful materialism" on their site Spirituality & Practice. This piece mentions Thomas Moore as one who advocates that "the objects in our homes are appreciated and cherished for their beauty, expressiveness, life, and creativity." The Brussats describe ten practice suggestions:

  1.  Create a welcoming ceremony for a new possession
  2.  Respect your things
  3.  Anoint your house with beautiful things
  4.  Bring a bit of enchantment to the office: Read Thomas Moore's book The Re-Enchantment of Everyday Life
  5.  Appreciate wabi sabi: Leonard Koren defines this Japanese aesthetic as "a beauty of things imperfect, impermanent, and incomplete. It is the beauty of things modest and humble."
  6.  Hold a party for your things
  7.  Apologize to the offended object
  8.  Be generous to those who maintain your things
  9.  What not to do with things
10.  Pass on your things to others