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Thoughtful Living

THE BETTER ANGELS OF OUR NATURE - MAKING MEANING

THE BETTER ANGELS OF OUR NATURE - MAKING MEANING

Making meaning to interpret and communicate the world around us is fundamental to what it means to be human. The ability to use this skill to transform the pain and suffering that are the inevitable companions to life, into something of value, is a beautiful and extraordinary quality.

THE BETTER ANGELS OF OUR NATURE - CREATIVITY

THE BETTER ANGELS OF OUR NATURE - CREATIVITY

Creativity is the fuel to humanity’s unparalleled ability to move forward. From tempering our most difficult challenges to soothing our most bitter suffering, creativity is the driving force that allows us to build the bridges into our future and out of isolation towards one another...

THE BETTER ANGELS OF OUR NATURE - LOVE

THE BETTER ANGELS OF OUR NATURE - LOVE

There is no other positive emotion that has as profound an impact on our life as love. For years, researchers have shied away from exploring this emperor among positive emotions. Daunted by its power and mystery, the impact of love on human life was left to the fearlessness of artists.  But over the last decades, scientists have begun to unravel the mystery and shed light on the immense impact that this emotion has on every aspect of human life...

THE BETTER ANGELS OF OUR NATURE

THE BETTER ANGELS OF OUR NATURE

When challenged by threatening circumstances, evolution has programmed into us the tendency to want to protect ourselves and our loved ones at any cost. While this is a completely natural reaction, when so many of us begin to feel threatened all at once, we have a duty to work much harder to overcome our natural drivers in the service of a greater good…

TOGETHERNESS REQUIRES PRESENCE

TOGETHERNESS REQUIRES PRESENCE

Modern-day living has made us more connected and more aware of one another than ever before. But at the same time, there is a kind of deep loneliness that is taking hold of many communities. The kind of loneliness that sees many people spending time in close proximity to one another but feeling deeply disconnected and unseen. Given the importance of social connection for our wellbeing, the observation that the quality of our connections is dwindling is as worthy of our attention as almost all the other crises that face our species...

THE PRACTICE OF CULTIVATING AUTHENTICITY

THE PRACTICE OF CULTIVATING AUTHENTICITY

An understanding of how to be authentic is not always a given. Modern Western culture praises individuality and authenticity but there is little formal structure in place in our culture and our systems to help individuals to cultivate the ability to listen to their innermost voice. We have an innate desire for authenticity; being connected to ourselves, knowing what we feel, and being able to act on this understanding was a crucial survival mechanism for our ancestors. But cultivating this ability is a practice...

THIS MOMENT IS ALL THERE EVER IS

THIS MOMENT IS ALL THERE EVER IS

Our attention defines our reality; only that which we attend to has the power to shape our world. What we gift this most precious resource to determines the direction of our unfolding lives and ultimately weaves the fabric of our being...

THE VERY HUMAN TENSIONS OF FREEDOM AND BELONGING

THE VERY HUMAN TENSIONS OF FREEDOM AND BELONGING

If there is a single element of the human condition that defines us and our existence above all else, it resides in the tension between our need for freedom and our need for belonging. To be human is to live with contradiction and opposing desires that so often seem at odds with one another.

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The Ellei Home Journal is where you can discover the thoughts that drive all that we do – from our product selection to our philosophy on design to a more thoughtful approach to life.

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