Monday, September 28, 2015

What is inSite Contemplative Design? Why this name?


inSite - as in on location and revelation.  I begin by reading the people, place and purpose of a site with all my senses open.  Listening deeply for what works and what doesn't.   In dialogue, together we gain insights that lead to creative solutions.

Contemplative -Rather than offering cookie cutter solutions, stainless steel, granite countertops, etc. I give thoughtful consideration to all the details of each project, looking for meaningful and harmonious options for the client.

Design -  having observed and considered, I draw on 30+ years of artistic and aesthetic training to select colors, art, furnishings, etc. to complete the space and suit the client.

The logo has significance related to the name, as well.  The yellow disk represents the Great Eastern Sun, which in Shambhala Buddhism represents the constantly fresh and awakened nature of our mind, always shining, radiant and unobscured.  "in" is lower case, as it represents being present within reality, not separate from the site, but humbly opening to the phenomenal world so that I can be available for the input it provides. It also starts with the small "i" as in it's not about me, the designer/ego, but creating a space that suits you the client, afterall you will live or work in the space, not me, when all is said and done.

"Sit" lies within the word "Site" indicating my meditation practice is at the heart of my ability to do this work, always working with my mind and the ability to be present with open space of meditative mind.  The E is written as a Chinese letter E which also means 3.  This refers to the 3 courts principle (inner, outer and secret) or heaven, earth and human, the 3 kayas (dharmakaya, sambhogakaya and nirmanakaya) all being in harmony in the final arrangement of household and life as a whole.  Any creative process works with these principles in the act of creation.
If you want to learn more about my work or these principles contact me for a consultation at contact (at) insitecontemplativedesign.com or look for one of my classes in the coming year.  To find out when they will happen sign up for my e-newsletter.