Homes that integrat the indoors and outdoors seamlessly are some of my absolute favourites, and this Singapore home has got that edge. Combining textures, clean lines and organic elements, like the green wall ― a great way of incorporating the outdoors when you don’t have a backyard, the beautiful wooden surfaces of the dining room, with contemporary features, creates a cohesive and serene vibe to a beautiful space.
“The following exercise, which can be performed anywhere, is designed to open up your awareness to the flow of energy within your body and your connections to your surroundings. It will enhance not only your sensitivity to the Otherworld, as well as the beings that inhabit it, but with repeated practice will also help you feel rooted as a part of the landscape, bringing balance and control. It can help connect you to any specific sites in which you perform it, creating sacred space around you. This is a useful exercise to help ground and focus before any magickal work, especially outdoors, and you can incorporate more elements as you become fluent with the procedure. For example, if you are undertaking magickal work within the landscape or at a sacred site, you may wish to incorporate a call to the spirits of the land at the peak of the exercise as your energies open. While this may also be performed sitting, standing is preferable. Find a flat and even space to stand, with your feet slightly apart so that you can feel strong and stable. If possible, barefoot is best. With your hands by your sides and palms facing down to the ground, focus on your breathing, and use it to calm your mind. As you breathe out, release any worries or tensions of the day. As you breathe in, remember your focus and intent of connection. If you can, breathe in steadily and deeply for the count of seven, hold for three, and then out again over seven, wait for three, then breathe in again for seven and continue. Don’t worry if you find this difficult; simply breathe steadily. It will become easier with practice. Maintaining steady breathing, visualize your feet sinking into the ground. You are as solid and immovable as a tree. From your feet imagine strong roots growing, sinking deep into the ground. Take your time to feel the roots growing and drawing the energy from the ground. You are strong, vital, and stable. Once you can feel your roots in the earth beneath your feet, keeping your arms straight, slowly raise your hands until they form a V shape above your head. Remember your breathing — slowly and deeply, in and out. Keeping your hands raised, imagine your arms as your branches, reaching high into the sky, just as your roots reach deep into the ground. Leafy shoots grow from your fingers and stretch into great tree limbs, strong and graceful. Hold this imagine in your mind as you keep breathing slow, deep, and steady. When you are ready, with your next breath in, imagine you are drawing light from the inner earth up through your roots. The light and energy moves up your body slowly and surely with each inward breath, through your roots, into your legs, and finally into your torso. Draw the energy up into your heart and feel it opening your energy centre. Now, holding that energy in your centre, focus on your branches. Feel the light coming from the sky above — the power of the sun and stars — as it flows into you. With every breath, feel the cosmic energy move down through your branches and into your body. Allow the energy from above to meet with the energy of below in your heart. Feel the power of the two forces meeting in your centre, how you are connected to all worlds, bridging the gap between. Maintain this connection for seven breaths, breathing in for seven, holding for three, and releasing over a count of seven. When you are ready, release the energy back to the source with every outward breath, first back up through the branches. Once the cosmic energy is released, on your next breath out, slowly lower your arms so that the palms of your hands once more face the floor. As you do so, release the energy back into the ground. Your energies have now been mixed with both the underworld and upperworld. Give thanks to the powers of place and sit or stand in silence for a while to process your experience. Make any notes you wish when convenient.”
— Chapter Two: Connection, Faery Craft by Emily Carding
“Layering begins with the base layer, which can be synthetics such as polypropylene or polyester; silk; wool or other fabrics,” advises Brent Vanni, a product developer at L.L. Bean.
Wool is popular again, in the form of mid-and lightweight base layers. Wool is naturally odor resistant, so it doesn’t need the anti-microbial treatment like the polyesters, adds Vanni, and it provides superior warmth.
Your middle later should insulate while still allowing moisture to escape. Zoning techniques are popular, which basically means thicker insulations like fleece with different fabrics in specific places in the jacket, such as the core, under the arms and down the sleeves.
When running outside for long periods of time you may need a third layer — a lightweight, windproof, water-resistant (or waterproof), yet breathable jacket. Gore-Tex is still a leader in outdoor wear and has incorporated stretch into their Proshell fabrics now, says Vanni.