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Menka Sanghvi

I'm a researcher, writer, and designer working on the theme of mindful curiosity. Just Looking is a project I started to help myself and others slow down and experience more wonder in the everyday.

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The Best Kind of Localist

Can you point north from where you're reading this right now? Do you know what grasses are native to your area? Many of us are urgently connected to global news yet know very little about where we're at: our local people and places.

The Best Kind of Localist
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You're Too Good For Perfection

Did you know that when we blush, our stomachs blush too? And that our eyes are sensitive enough to see the light of a candle 30 miles away? It's an amazing thing, our bodies. And its fragilty is a core part of that beauty.

You're Too Good For Perfection
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Noticing Fragility

A crack, a wrinkle, or a moving cloud. If it's not forever, then it's fragile, at least on some timescale. Responsive to the sands of time. Alive. What reminds you of life's fragility?

Noticing Fragility
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Competing with the Metaverse

It's predicted that the metaverse will soon rival and then surpass physical realms in many ways. If that's true, we're going to be spending a whole lot more time online. But what might we miss if this happens?

Competing with the Metaverse
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What Might We Miss in the Metaverse?

Four fundamental ways in which our perception will be limited in virtual reality, and why this may be important.

What Might We Miss in the Metaverse?
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Pointing at Things

There's something about making physical movements with the body that helps us to be more intentional. Getting out of our heads and into our bodies gives us more clarity.

Pointing at Things
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Microseasons

Seasons give structure, meaning, and momentum to our lives. Japan, inspired by classical Chinese sources, has 72 of these microseasons. Each lasts just a few days, making note of tiny, delicate changes in nature.

Microseasons
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Appreciating Incompleteness

It's not something we tend to look very favourably upon, loose ends. Unfinished projects, and limbo lands. But perhaps there's something to be appreciated about these moments of incompleteness.

Appreciating Incompleteness
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When The Moon Comes Home

One of the greatest benefits of looking up at the Moon everyday is that it gives us something physical in our environments to track. A reference point for the movement of time, outside of our own heads and bodies.

When The Moon Comes Home
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Attention Metaphors

Attention is intimately connected with life itself. It's not just valuable because it's useful. And the way we talk about it matters.

Attention Metaphors