If I were only to say that I have been looking forward to reading First Steps to Seeing: A Path to Living Attentively you may not quite realise how much. So I thought I would first start this review by mentioning that I first had the pleasure to meet Emma at Schumacher College in 2009, just after I started my masters degree in Holistic Science and just after Emma had graduated, also in Holistic Science, the year before.
In fact, I think I may have first heard of Emma I believe before meeting her, since Henri Bortoft, who was giving the first week of lectures on wholeness, did in fact quote from Emma’s dissertation in one of our classes. This is the quote:
A phenomenological inquiry, as conducted with Goethean methodology, is a form of dynamic engagement with the world – dynamical doing by dynamical seeing; it…
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You may have noticed that this blog has been rather neglected this past year. Well, I am happy to inform you that it was for a very good reason – I was writing my first book! The book, First Steps to Seeing: A Path Towards Living Attentively, is being published by Floris Books and will be on sale on the 18th June. This is very exciting for me! And I very much hope that you will all enjoy it.
The book itself is a down-to-earth expression of my idea that genuine sustainability starts from within; and, more specifically, that if we wish to achieve collective ‘sustainability’ we must look to the ways in which we think about, see and pay attention to the world around us as individuals.
First Steps to Seeing is a great way to learn about the ways in which our brains automatically shape and define our human experience; and it gives us examples of how to bypass our ‘habits of mind’ so that we can get closer to noticing, experiencing, and enjoying, what is actually happening in the present moment. In this sense, the ideas within the book are very close to those of mindfulness. However, within this book, the root of the ideas come mostly from western philosophy and western science.
As Simon Robinson co-author of Holonomics: Business Where People and Planet Matter, and editor of Transition Consciousness writes:
‘By offering many practical exercises and personal experiences, Emma helps us to discover the missed dimension of cognition in perception, opening up a new window on the world. First Steps to Seeing is a deeply insightful guide for anyone wishing to fully experience a more meaningful life, and engage more authentically with people, our organisations and the environment.’
If you would like to learn more about the book, feel free to follow my other blog – http://www.sensinglife.net – where I will share further news and content as book gets released into the world!
Introducing happy pants at a happy price!!
Why pot-luck? The fabrics and laces Emma buys come in very small quantities, so often no two pairs are the same. It takes a lot of time to list each colour-way online, so to save time and to save you money, she offers these handmade, up-cycled, happy, planet-friendly, ‘pot-luck’ pants for only £10 each!
Choose your size and the colour will be a surprise!!
Hipster Brief – Small (UK 8-10)
Hipster Brief – Medium (UK 12-14)
Hipster Brief – Large (UK 16)
Happy, happy, happy pants!!!
These are the happiest pants on the planet! Handmade by Emma whilst she listens to some ‘banging tunes’, the fabric is up-cycled from unwanted clothing and the lace is unwanted stock from the loveliest lace company in Nottingham. So they are super environmentally friendly, super ethical and super fun.
As an International Lingerie Designer Emma has over 15 years experience in designing and making undies. Brands she has designed for include Collette Dinnigan, Pussy Glamore, Calvin Klein and Victoria Secrets. Her designs have sold in Selfridges, Joseph, Browns, Coco de Mer, Marks and Spencers, and many more.
From her many years experience Emma believes that these happy pants are also the most well designed, comfy pants around. (She hates buying pants from the high-street). There is no nasty elastic, so say goodbye to VPL’s!!! (Visible panty line)
In October 2013 I organised an Earthtalk at Schumacher college to promote the book “Stories of the Great Turning”, which I have a chapter published in. This is a video of my contribution, which summarises the story that I wrote for the book. Enjoy! xx
Stories of the Great Turning – Earthtalk @ Schumacher College – 8pm Tuesday 29th October
This evening, Emma, along with fellow contributors, will share their stories; often unconventional, grass-roots approaches to sustainability, and also the unusual processes that brought this exceptional book into being.
Date: Tuesday 29 October 2013
Venue: The Old Craft Ed, Schumacher College, Dartington, Totnes TQ9 6EA
This event can be booked through the Dartington Box Office online by clicking here tickets can also be purchased on the door.
New workshop dates!!!
The next Camisole making workshop will be at Makeplace in Norwich on Saturday 12th October from 1.30pm-4pm.
And the next knicker making workshop will also be at Makeplace in Norwich, on Friday 11th October from 1.30pm-4pm
The workshops are 35GBP each and you can email Makeplace directly to book your place firstname.lastname@example.org
See you there! xxx