You're a core group of folks that decided to, metaphorically, join me at the birthing station. For that, I've got little VIP stars alongside your names, and with it front row tickets in how this all manifests. So importantly, hello again and thank you.
I would like to re-introduce myself. I was once an Accountant, then I was an Ayurvedic Practitioner, now I refer to myself as an Ayurvedic Business Consultant. I totally made up a title for myself! That, in itself is part of the agenda.
I have constructed my ideas in 2 parts with 2 different websites. Ayurveda +WORLD is now the space where I will continue to muse on Ayurveda and how it's philosophy merges well with the art and design world. It is where I will eventually provide quirky DIY programs to learn the basics. It's also where I hope to provide offbeat retreats and workshops in time.
Right now I'm providing one-one consulting services via Skype or, for Melburnians, in human form in St Kilda every Tuesday in a really beautiful space. You can book online if you're keen whilst I'm still doing the personal sessions. More details here. I will also be introducing group sessions by topic in St Kilda for those that need a brush up or others that are curious for a general Ayurvedic overview - will let you know if future newsletters.
The new squeaky clean Artisan Wellbeing site is what I call my white blank page. It is here I will intend to explore the merger of business and Ayurveda with the goal of working as a consultant in small creative businesses. I've reintroduced various social media links to be more consistent with output.
This brings me to the topic I'd like to talk about today, which is the "business" of things.
We women, and some men, tend to find ourselves in a nurturing role. Whether we find ourselves as mothers, or teachers or even accountants, we may find we are organising things for others. We organise. We gather. But have we considered whether the mode of how we do this works for us today? It is now understood that the wild wonderful women in history that made tracks for us to be in the business world took us to a point. For the time it was ground breaking and, in my quest, I hope to explore why we shouldn't just stop there. Some things I'm thinking about.
- As university graduates what are the cultures we end up working in? A young lawyer told me that there is a saying in her field that those women that reach the top of the ladder pull it up from under them. What inspires that?
- Does it really matter whether we are getting paid the same as men in industry cultures that don't suit us anyway? Are we being prompted to place the energy elsewhere instead?
- Do we thrive from adopting the male derived mode of doing business (and I mean the way we organise our lives, not necessarily office work)? On a very basic simplified observation we are having even more issues with fertility and with menopause. Peri menopause seems to be coming earlier so how are we managing the overarching affair of our life including life transitions?
- Are there modes of expressing ourselves outside of sorrow gatherings? Are we versed in seeing each others' Prakruti or just bonding over Vikruti? Does the nature of Ayurveda in the west promote calling out each others faults?
- What is our definition of success? Do we have a language or tools that measure career success to wellbeing?
Even though I am using the gender of women to begin with, I intend the idea to be female focused as a way of being, meaning open to men also. However I do feel that we have an advantage genetically, in the land of feelings, and can lead the way for this exploration to take place.
A friend made a comment to me the other day. The traditional role of man was to hunt and the woman to gather. In modern times, she is still in the act of gathering and he buys the hunt from the supermarkets. He mentioned he saw, in Malawi, women carrying all sorts of bags and things and a baby on her back. He just walked alongside.
This was a very powerful observation for all the RIGHT reasons. He adapted, she did not. This feels like a call to us to review how we gather, for those of us with more freedoms that can. It made me ask the question of whether our "loads" need to be disassembled and reviewed - kind of like when I joined an organisation in an accounting capacity and looked at the reports they were creating each month - 100% of the time, at least 50% of the reports were never being used.
How often do we do things because they've always been done like that before? Who is the end user and what are the expectations? Are we holding onto some kind of post war sub culture that is cute when it's a retro kitchen table but needs to be upcycled when it comes to the pressures we put on ourselves as women?
The mode of the new business world is simple, low investment (for most of us), just fucking start it, think of everything you do as versions of some greater end product that you don't even know what that might become, collaborate rather than have to know everything, always check in with the customer and ask whether what you do adds value (note this important idea of asking), enjoy the art of making mistakes, and whatever the end product is, just put lipstick on it (good design) and call it 'ready for market'.
I was waiting in line at Target and overhead a conversation behind me. An elderly woman turned to a younger mother with daughter and asked (you know, trying to be friendly) "Is she a good girl?" And the mother took a moments pause, I saw her mouth slightly twitch, and said "Sometimes".
I caught her eye and smiled. A new generation of "sometimes" good is just about what we need right now. Rebellion is a childish way of expressing discontent and after a certain age is like shouting into an empty room. A well managed, thoughtful, tenacious organisation of affairs that quietly moves according to her natural cycle of expand/contract might just be the change this world is asking of us.
I'm a fan of many small miracles of nature in large numbers. I intend to reduce the load and promote the tiny business movement. The thought I'd like to leave with you today is not so much a fantastic dharma enhancing idea you might have, but how do you manage it? Does it fit with how you manage yourself?