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Mindful : June 2016
Sarah Susanka’s Not So Big movement began when she made a small change in her own home: She turned her attic into a space where she could be alone and do what she loved. At the time, that was mostly meditation. you create that space, you start using it for what you care about—be that writing, paint- ing, meditating, or bathing. “It’s a place that allows you to express the part of yourself that normally doesn’t get to breathe,” says Susanka. A Poyo should be some- what private, but it can be any size. It could be an attic or spare room—or it could be a screened-off section of a bed- room, a loft, or a window seat. You can fill it with sentimental items, supplies for your hobby, or just one thing you really love. The most important thing is to make it your own. A PLACE OF YOUR OWN A well-designed home should include some space set aside just for you. As she meditated, she says, “everything star ted to shift.” Susanka realized she wanted to write, and—in her private space—began work on her “Not So Big” series. Susanka included the idea of a personal room in the series, and dubbed it “A Place of Your Own,” or “Poyo.” A Poyo is meant to be a space that is a reflection of yourself, where you can be yourself. As you spend time in it, you learn about yourself. “It tends to wake up something inside you,” says Susanka. That process can be poi- gnant. Susanka says that once DESIGN IDEA