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Mantra Making For Focused Attention and Awareness.

This weeks complimentary tune to the {field note} below: Jam here!

“Be patient toward all that is unsolved in your heart and try to love the questions themselves, like locked rooms and like books that are now written in a very foreign tongue. Do not now seek the answers, which cannot be given you because you would not be able to live them. And the point is, to live everything. Live the questions now. Perhaps you will then gradually, without noticing it, live along some distant day into the answer.” ― Rainer Maria Rilke

a road trip down to milwaukee, wisconsin early this year

was a car full of old friends + luggage + lots of good tunes.

we came to an unfamiliar territory

where we questioned which route to take.

in a blizzard of a hazardous snow storm,

we were left questioning which exit to take -

Exit - 2B? Or not 2B?

after finishing the tiny house shell

and the first tee for my capsule wardrobe,

i reflected on the amount of work + hours + days that have been spent.

both of these started with nothing more than a napkin blueprint

and now i can see them right before my eyes.

i whisper to myself the words of determination that got me here in the first place, & T R A V E L

(It’s a mantra said often here at The Magical Field as I build Swan Studio tiny house on wheels.)

In the process of the to-do lists and the day-to-day bureaucracies and details, this mantra brings me back to the big picture of what I want to create and manifest into existence for this thing called life. It keeps me in balance on the days I have too much work. It reminds me to keep dreaming, even if I can’t see it all right before me.

Today, I want to dive a little more into this mantra saying, what it feels like and means to me, and how I choose to live through it. I invite you to use this mantra as often as you’d like, or make one of your own that fits your lifestyle and aspirations just right.

man·tra /ˈmantrə/ noun --- a statement or slogan repeated frequently.

We are all streaming our own reality. It’s not like we see the world out there and are independent of it. Daily, we have a choice to create and make space, and we can find meaning around everything we do. Our eyes don’t see the world, our eyes project the world. It’s all in accordance to our own stresses, joys, perspective and dreams.

"You have to dream before your dreams can come true." -- A. P. J. Abdul Kalam

Following our dreams is most certainly not as easy as what the movies make it appear. It doesn't take a few mere hiccups and an hour and a half until we get exactly what we wanted. In fact, we usually never get exactly what we envisioned, right? That would probably be a pretty big bore.

Beyond the Hollywood conventional narrative script is a mysterious path that can be long, challenging and quite unexpected. This doesn't mean it has to be hard or feel forced. In fact, it should feel quite the opposite, feeling natural and almost effortless because we love what were doing and believe in what we are doing... just enough to let go of any resistance so we can enjoy the process and get excited creating run-on sentences and such. I firmly believe if we allow space for the pursuit of our dreams to breathe, especially through creating and practicing a mantra, it can manifest and come together even more magically than we ever expect.

As I now receive leftover insulation from various job sites that have been collected and stored for Swan Studio tiny house, I begin piecing together what can go where. The reclaimed material consists of all shapes and sizes and when I first began looking at it all, I was entirely overwhelmed with the stacks and piles that laid before me.

Long story short, that was the fun and challenging part until the act of measuring, cutting, placing in between joists and then measuring, cutting and placing between joists. Somewhere along the line, I was somehow reminded of other mundane tasks like doing the dishes...

I never (ever) really liked doing the dishes. Each time I knew this "chore" was upon me, I'd want it to be over before it'd even begin. I'd rush through it without thinking much about it at all... other than wishing to be doing something else or perhaps contemplating what to do after the seemingly dreadful chore would finally come to an end.

... What tasks do you not look forward to where such moments don't feel like moments at all when there's a sense of rushing toward the future?

Times like this make it difficult to be fully present and, to me, this also means it's pretty dang difficult to be open to the unfolding of any magical moments that can bring a sense of wonder, beauty and awe.

Now, I don't know about you, but I'd like to experience as much of life's everyday magic as possible, so the question herein lies:

How can we bring more magic into seemingly mundane tasks?

There's a tiny book about awakening the mind while doing any task and it's written by Doc The, a Buddhist monk. With no more than 40 pages, it's titled "The Essential Discipline for Daily Use."

The idea within its contents is to essentially take hold of our consciousness through these daily actions whether it's simply waking up, washing our hands, doing the dishes or in my case, installing insulation.

When I do the dishes, am I fully conscious that I am doing the dishes? When I am installing insulation into the tiny house, am I fully conscious of installing insulation? Inspired by Doc The's words, these were the types of questions I began to contemplate through such bodies of work.

The book is composed of various sentences about activities or work that a monk would most likely attend to on a daily basis...

such as waking up...

"Just awakened, I hope that every person will attain great awareness and see in complete clarity."

and washing their hands...

"Washing my hands, I hope that every person will have pure hands to receive reality."

I decided I would create my own western version of various sentences that had the equivalence of promoting alertness and feelings of being awake and alive to any task at hand within my present reality of building Swan Studio.

I just use various sentences like the ones quoted above for events such as washing the dishes. When I practice these activities more mindfully through the use of these sentences and not in repetition like a robot, I find that I feel more open to the space around me where infinite wonder and sparks of joy exist... yes, even in the seemingly mundane!

And just as insulation provides warmth from the elements, I find these simple sentences, as a basis for mindfulness, can provide a calm heart and self-control.

Now, with the help of mindfulness, can you believe I sort of like washing dishes?? Even in the moments when the old dislike or dreaded feelings arise, I use basic fieldwork exercises, such as questions for inquiry, or breathwork, to take hold of any active thoughts, feelings and perceptions. I simply just try to observe and recognize versus dwelling upon or trying to get rid of what's before me.

This is one of many fieldwork exercises for creating space to be reminded of life's everyday magic and mystery, everywhere and through anything, from doing the dishes or insulating walls and a roof, and in turn, it allows me to simply Be present with what I love most.

Next time you catch yourself wanting to escape from a mundane task at hand, I invite you to give this a try, and maybe even see what magic unfolds.

"Those who don't believe in magic will never find it." -Roald Dahl

In the field,

There's a time to dream

& a time to build.

When the building feels complete

there's a moment to breathe

... to soak in all the effort made ...

before dreaming repeats once again in an ongoing cycle.

In between all of the expanding + contracting (& magical moments)

is the journey itself; A traveling escapade!

to explore

to see with new eyes

to discover

to Be able to weave together more time

to Be present with the tiny things we love most.

To & T R A V E L.

As what was once a dream turned into a napkin of a blueprint is a standing tiny house on wheels that now has foundational walls and a roof after building joists with 2x4's as shown in the photo above. As my neck is stiff and my feet are sore, it's time to stop building and take a moment to breathe.

Within this magical moment,

I moved my arms through the calm water. It’s chilling stream brought me fully alive to the present moment, I am here now. On the glass-like water I see reflections of the trees and look down at the water that looks back at me. A peaceful content. I can always be here when I want to be here.

Within this space,

I'm provided more space to dream.

i envision a long, windy road

with lush green forest

+ a sideways oceanview landscape on a paddle board

balancing to stay afloat

as i do yoga to the mantra & Travel.

farmers market + good conversation

with a ukulele in the background

i see mangos+coconuts+pineapples for days

and a tiny VW van with all the camp essentials.

In this daydream, I wonder if this is what Hawaii feels like. I have yet to go so I do not know but I'll know soon enough... For I am dreaming to manifest this into fruition. I’m feeling drawn to this magical island.

But how? Can Hawaii really be done on a budget? I immediately stop this questioning as I remind myself it doesn’t need to be old, conventional way of booking, staying and traveling. Why waste my energy on having to know or worry how everything is going to happen? There are a million and one ways it can all piece together.

I asked myself how I can show up responsibly. You know, that adulating stuff that covers all the bases. I remembered I had free airline miles I’d been saving the last two years. I asked myself to try and remember what I was “saving” these miles for. In a questioning daze, I glanced at todays Kombucha glass and my eye caught a few words on the bottled text. I read aloud, “You are meant to take up space. Own it.”

So I did my part. A last minute flight has been booked. Now, there are many things unseen and undiscovered from the outside looking in but it is in this space is where the magic happens.

There is this sort of everyday magic we can make for ourselves. It's within the alchemy of visualizing and projecting ourselves into living a life of our wild + precious dreams... and it all starts with an affirmation. How do you want to feel? How do you want to live? Allow yourself to affirm this, or even make it into a magical mantra.

Regardless of where the path of following our dreams takes us, how can it not be worthwhile? As the wildest of dreamers say, the experience of following dreams is often more full of reward and enlightening magical moments than the achievement or end result of the dreams and destination itself.

i arrived in maui, hawaii last night.

i shake myself as to remind myself

this building upon tiny dreams and things really happened.

and yet, just when those project steps have been marked off as "complete",

i remind myself of the infancy of these projects.

they have really only just begun.

there are far too many reasons to list in why i needed to come to this magical island. i also believe there are many reasons to yet discover myself... one magical moment at a time.

on an island with so much to do and thereafter as the traveling with these projects and places continue, i remind myself... 2B... to just Be...

as i continue to T R A V E L.


So my fellow explorers, continue to T R A V E L meaningful places close within your heart, cultivating your very own space to be present with what you love most. If you haven't already, you can subscribe here to explore more undiscovered magical moments, musings, and behind-the-scenes updates at The Magical Field.

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