Inner Peace in a Busy World

I always had this idea that I should be better than I am.  I think a lot of us have these thoughts. We say to ourselves: “I should focus more. If should live up to my potential. I should be more like that other person.”

These were the thoughts that buzzed through my head on my commute to Harvard in the Fall of 2015. I was a Masters student at Brown University and an exchange scholar at Harvard. I’d commute twice a week from Providence to Boston. The commute would last about an hour. I’d leave my house around 9 am and return about 9pm.

A couple of weeks into this routine, I noticed my brain became extra busy. Like really busy. With assignments from 5 classes piling up. My internship. My job on campus. I felt scattered.

I judged myself because there were people on the train who’d been doing this commute 5 days a week for over 15 years. To me, the thought of commuting like this for even a week exhausted me.

So…. what did I do about it?

I started experimenting.

I got some earplugs. I’d put them in and I’d sit in the subway people watching, wondering what their lives were like analyzing their facial expressions. It seemed like they were happier than I was. They seemed to be at peace.

I thought the earplugs would afford me peace and quiet, but my thoughts got louder and more chaotic. I felt trapped in my head. Truthfully, I never fully realized how trapped in my thoughts I really was.

I was hard on myself for feeling this way. Why couldn’t I just sit in this train and enjoy the ride? Why couldn’t I just enjoy the journey??

It seemed like a deeper metaphor for life.

“Enjoy the journey.”

Late one night while surfing the internet looking for solutions … I discovered meditation.

Like a lot of us, I’d heard of meditation, rolled my eyes at it, and was unwilling to give it a shot. I didn’t think I was one of those people who could do it. I really thought I had a busier mind than most, and that meditation couldn’t help me.

But, I was desperate, so I gave it a shot.

One of the meditations I started with were mantra meditations I learned from Gabby Bernstein. These are meditations you do while repeating a phrase in your mind.

The one I started with was, “peace, begins, with, me”, “peace, begins, with, me.”

After trying it out for a few minutes, I instantly noticed my mind became more calm and at ease. I wondered, “whoa. Is this working?”

Meanwhile on my commutes to Boston, when I noticed my anxious thoughts take over and my fears begin to creep in I would do this meditation both with my eyes open and closed.

“Peace, begins, with, me… peace, begins, with, me.”

A couple weeks into this practice, I felt more at ease. I felt like I could control my anxiety, which otherwise seemed to creep up out of nowhere. Like the boogyman waiting to scare me.

After doing this practice on my commute, I decided to begin waking up earlier and meditating in the morning while I was still at home. What I noticed was that I felt better even before I got to the train station.

….

Here’s what I learned from my commutes to and from Harvard:

Feeling grounded doesn’t come from being in a specific place, with specific people, or doing anything in particular.

Feeling grounded comes from a deeper sense of knowing that you are safe, and at peace wherever you may find yourself.

My scattered thoughts were there before I commuted. I simply projected my anxiety and fears onto my experience on that train.

I encourage you to observe your world and see where you are projecting chaos.

I encourage to forgive yourself for not being present, for not being focused.

I ask you… can you feel rooted and at peace regardless of what is happening around you?

 

 

 

*my commute to Harvard on video.*

 

LORE COLLECTION *AN INTERVIEW WITH JAYNA ARONOVITCH FOUNDER & OWNER*

Today, I am happy to bring you business owner, curator, photographer, and all around talented human, Jayna Aronovitch! Jayna is the proud owner of LORE, located on the East Side of Providence.

I had the pleasure of spending an afternoon with her and was really taken aback by her attention to detail and care that she places into the store. Jayna truly believes in the artists she supports, and is passionate about bringing quality to her customers.

If you’re in Providence I’d recommend checking LORE out! Be sure to let her know Winter Moon sent you.

Without further adieu, Jayna Aronovitch!

tell us about Lore !

Lore is a new, curated space in Providence that is home to the works of emerging artists and designers. We provide a unique experience through a fusion of gallery and boutique.

JA 15

how did you come up with the name Lore?

“Lore” comes from “folklore”. Telling the stories of our artists and their process is an important part of our mission.

LC

what made you decide to start Lore?

I found myself surrounded by talented artists and makers who weren’t showing their work anywhere in Providence. The personal connection I have with a lot of these people is what inspired my decision.

JA 11

what is it like owning a brick and mortar?

It’s amazing. I’ve always wanted my own space to curate. I also really enjoy the personal connections I get to make with my customers; I love seeing people’s reactions to the space I work so hard to present to them.

JA 14what would you say is your big vision for Lore?

I want to expose people to new and exciting artists by showcasing art and handcrafted product side by side.

JA 10

moon coasters

when did your passion for art and handmade objects begin?

My dad collects art of all kinds; from the more traditional to the strange and peculiar. Being exposed to his interest in art objects has been very influential and seeing him embrace and support artists from all walks of life inspired me to want to share the artists I know with the world, and try to make it as accessible as possible.

how would you describe your fashion style?

I like simple classic modern boxy garments that I can accessorize with handmade jewelry made by my friends. I’m also the proud owner of an extensive and diverse vest collection, and am known for looking great buttoning up my shirts all the way to the top button.

JA 1

tell us, what inspires you?

I love when someone finds something unexpected that they love at Lore. It’s so inspiring to get an excited positive response from what I’m doing sharing artists work with people. It makes me want to go out and find more.

JA 8

if you could drop everything and do ONE thing, what would you do and why?

Probably sleep. I really love sleep. But in my waking life having my own store and gallery is pretty great.

JA 7

where do you live now?

Providence has been my home for a long time now. I live on the west side now, but I’ve lived all over town.

RI Anchor

what made you decide to live in Providence and open Lore here?

I came to Providence to study at RISD. I fell in love with it right away, and decided to stay and work here after I graduated. There’s a great creative community in Providence and lots of things going on, but there wasn’t a curated gallery/boutique like Lore.

Ceramics

describe Providence in a few words.

A friend of ours has this shirt that describe Providence as “a great place to fail”. I like that: Providence is a great place to take on a creative venture. It’s inexpensive to live here, there’s a lot of space to make work, and a lot of artists to collaborate with.

LC Plants

what is your favorite season, why?

I love summer the best. I like the heat, the long days, warm nights, and adventuring throughout coastal Rhode Island!

I love that Lore is always changing and features new artists on a regular basis. How do you find new artists, art, and objects for your beautiful collection?

It started mostly as a word of mouth thing: friends of friends, etc., but it’s expanded from that. Now, I find new artists through social media and by people reaching out to me with their work. I find that people want to be a part of the collection, because I’m selective about how it’s curated; they know their work will be surrounded by other good work.

JA 7

when do you feel the most creative?

When I’m making photographs in the darkroom. There’s something magical about analogue photographic processes.

camera

what is one thing you can’t leave your house without?

My purple lipstick. I don’t wear it every day, but I always have it. It’s a little accent that makes me feel great.

JA_2

when do you feel your best?

When I’m wearing a vest and eating cheeseburgers.

JA 11

what is the best place you’ve ever traveled to?

My mom and I went on a river boat on the Amazon in Peru a few years ago. It was so beautiful and really inspiring to see all the animals in the jungle and meet all the local craftsman.

art

any words of advice you give to our readers wanting to start a business, or store?

Stay true to your vision!

fake it till ya make it

what kinds of social media can we follow you on and how can our readers contact you?

I’m most active on Instagram, because I’m a photographer and it’s a visual format. You can also find us on Facebook. I post regularly about our artists, new products, and upcoming events and shows. We also have a email mailing list, that’s used mostly for show announcements. instagram: studio_lore . facebook: Lore Collection . contact us here: http://www.lorecollection.com/contact/

JA 17

LORE


Be sure to stop by LORE this upcoming Friday for their first art show!

WHEN: Friday, April
TIME: 6:00-8:00 pm
Where: 144 Brook St.

RSVP here:

hereposter


 

 

STYLE WEEK NORTHEAST Spring/Summer 2014

Every year Style Week Northeast is hosted at the Providence Biltmore’s 18th floor and I am always excited to see Providence from that birds-eye view. We had the pleasure of attending Style Week Northeast recently courtesy of Martha from Restored by Design. A huge thanks to her for having us! It was Martha’s big show that evening and we got to see her new beautiful designs. I love that her line is eco-friendly and she incorporates jewelry into the clothing. I also got a chance to spend some time with my lady friend, Jay from M I N T! (Hi Jay!)

Jay is super involved in Providence’s fashion + style scene and an incredible resource in our city.

styleweek northeast_ 1
styleweek northeast_ 2
styleweek northeast_ 3

I love that our little-big-city supports local artists and designers!

Feel free to check out our post about attending Style Week Northeast last season, here.

xo,

Olivia

WATERPLACE PARK PROVIDENCE //

It’s officially summer and Providence in the summertime is basically the best. I know I’ve said that so many times but you really get to see Providence shine this time of year.

The other night we went for a walk through Waterplace Park and it was really one of my favorite memories this summer so far. There is something so lovely about just walking through your city and being inspired by all the city life, nature, and the simplicity of just enjoying the fresh summer air. Waterplace Park is in the heart of Providence. You get an amazing view of the city and get to walk along the river. If you’re feeling romantic you can pay to ride along in a Venetian Gondola; how cute is that!?

We have a lot of amazing plans for this summer and really want to enjoy every moment of this sunshine and warm weather!

waterplace park pvd_ 1

waterplace park pvd_ 4

waterplace park pvd_ 3

waterplace park pvd_ 5

Happy Summer!

Olivia

// photography by Olivia //

PROVIDENCE PHOENIX // BEST OF 2014

Local magazine, The Providence Phoenix does a “Best Of” every year. Everyone can vote and we all look forward to see who’s won. Today, we wanted to give a congratulations to some businesses that we’ve featured and have written about here on Winter Moon that won this year’s Providence’s Best of!

best of_ phoenix

BEST BAKERY: SEVEN STARS BAKERY ((Congrats, Lynn! ))

seven stars_ winter moon

BEST CLOTHING STORE: QUEEN OF HEARTS ((Congrats, Karen! ))

queen of hearts_ winter moon

BEST BIKE ROUTE: EAST BAY BIKE PATH (( I love love love this path so much. Click here for post about it))

east bay bike path

BEST CUPCAKES: THE DUCK AND BUNNY (( The inside of The Duck and Bunny is heaven– click for post about the decor))

duck and bunny

BEST THEATER VENUE: PROVIDENCE PERFORMING ARTS CENTER ((Love PPAC!))

ppac_ winter moon

Congrats to everyone that won the Best of! We know that Providence really does have some of the best businesses and people.

-Olivia