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Random Things of Beauty no: 47

The starboard wing of a Boeing 787 Dreamliner over India…

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Being & Doing. Making happy work.

When being and doing are brought together work, in fact all action becomes play infused with creativity and joy. In fact creativity is joy.

 Everything done in this spirit becomes yoga, which transforms you. It creates as well as being creative.

It doesn’t matter if you design cathedrals or work in merchant bank. They are both important. Working in this way brining being and doing together transcend what you do.

Working this way this way requires a change of perspective. Instead of concentrating more on the future result or outcome of what your doing, or what will happen afterwards focus more on what you are doing right now. In other words be present to the moment rather that on your perceived relationship to it.

This voluntary suspension of desire, judgment and expectation as one undertakes action requires practice and in business the right culture.

It take inspirational leadership, which these days, is in short supply. Many people confuse management techniques, meetings and spreadsheets with true leadership. Its hard to imagine any HR department or management process employing this technique rather than focus instead on KPI’s, outputs and productivity.

This technique once caught and applied you will notice there is joy hidden inside every action, moment-by-moment. You don’t need to change what you do. Just change how you do it. One doesn’t need to hid away in a mountain cave or undertake extreme adventures to know this truth. The joy of being action is literally at your fingertips. Now!

When I work on my drawing board or in my sketch book I pick up my pen.. I know with right mind set and attention there is sheer concentrated joy in this if I allow myself to know it. It is natural and innate but if I stop resisting. Softness, a flowing effortlessness rises up instantly infusing the whole body.

The ideal Arjuna, is to be intensively active and at the same time have no selfish motives, no thoughts or personal gain or loss. Work and action uncontaminated by desire leads to inner peacefulness and increased effectiveness. This is the secret art of living a life of real achievement. Bhagavad Gita 2.48

Attending to what you are doing in this way you will notice, in even the smallest everyday experience, a flowing sense of potential and effortless purpose. And it will grow towards a deeper feeling of peace and resilience in your every day active life through the union of being and doing – work and joy- yoga of action.

How do we do this?

Simple, we sit back and watch the show. Its called yoga.

Getting into the Flow

I have just completed a short workshop with the students called, ‘Spontaneous Thinking’ designed to help them relax a little more, get around creative blocks, ignore the inner critic and get into their flow.

The idea is understand that we operate between two different types of thinking, divergent (being) and convergent (doing) thinking. Designers in particular need to combine and constantly alternate been the two modes of operation.

The workshop set out to introduce a mindset that put to one side the rational and mechanical thinking required by a design brief and move into a new relationship with the requirements of the task. In the same way as so many other artists and designers the idea is to trust internal intuitive, intention and consciousness – and when the mind is calm and open the new ideas and solutions can unfold.

Using timed and focused metacognitive and meditation techniques the workshop combined drawing exercises to help them build personal awareness and apply a different sort of attention. The idea is to help bring them to the present and focus on the act of drawing and creating rather than ones relation to it. Working this way helps them let-go and bring joy and delight to their work which is the only way one can truly create

The workshop is fun but it devas have a serious intent. Happiness and creativity are the same thing. When you get it right you can learn to thrive…

The course is ideal for anyone, not just young designers. By learning to shift ones attention and expectation in a certain way, learning how to combine being and doing its possible to switch on optimum performance anytime, anywhere.

Chorlton Central Complete…

MTUD have completed works to Chorlton Central. The project involved refurbishing and remodelling the church and meeting hall including making a new entrance to the south end of the building. Works to the hall include removing the original Victorain ceiling to expose the original roof trusses.

The building new reclaims this important part of Chorlton creating a new land mark in the area while also giving this key local asset a whole new lease of life.