Friday, August 28, 2015

MAKERS + MOVERS: THE ROSE JOURNALS


Photo of David Aragon courtesy of David Aragon
The cup of my heart overflows with the love, admiration, + awe that pours out for The Rose Journals. Their touch unwraps my tender little heart. David's words here have moved me into the depths + crevices of words I have yet to string together in my own soul. 

Let your vision be vivified + heart be slain by these souls . . .

DA V I D   A R A G O N  +  N O E L L E   J O Y   |  T H E  R O S E   J O U R N A L S 


Q: Tell us a little bit about you and what led you to create The Rose Journals.
My name is David Aragon. I’m an artist based in the midwest. I am one half of The Rose Journals. The other half is my dear friend and soul sister, Noelle Joy. 

I met Noelle when she hired me to work in a cafe she was managing. We’ve always gotten along really well and shared many commonalities and interests, so I asked if she would be interested in collaborating on an online publication. She said yes!

At first, The Rose Journals was very focused around health and wellness, but I recently realized that I am interested in many other things and since we operate the site - we can do whatever we want! So now, it is just a general home & sacred space for creative collaboration...some of it wellness related….some of it not.

Q: What inspired the name?
After we declared our collaboration, we arranged a tea date at Noelle’s to plan out our vision. We each went over some names we had in mind - and it was pretty clear to us which one was the winner. The name is mostly inspired by the feeling that it brings. I’m very interested in trying to create or inspire feelings. “The Rose Journals” to me feels like a dance between sacred and casual….something that could be cherished or thrown away. I think that’s a beautiful thing.

Q: When you are not working on The Rose Journals, what else do you like to do?
When I’m not working (in general) - I enjoy playing drums, taking photos, reading and writing poetry, watching films, and adoring other people’s art. 

When Noelle isn’t working on The Rose Journals - she is a yogi, a manager, a wife, a new mom to the sweetest blue heeler (shout-out to Japhy), the best friend anyone could ask for, and the most hilarious jokester ever. I literally have multiple pages of one-liners from her written in my phone in case I ever need them for a screenplay.


Q: What keeps you going? Do you have a daily routine, ritual, or a mantra?
Death is my greatest muse. Knowing that my time is finite and that it could be all over tomorrow moves my perception away from life being a chore. 

Another thing that deeply moves me is seeing other people’s creations - especially physical things. I love holding something that someone created. Touch is a really underused (and taboo) sense in the world - so it feels especially magical when you can have that intimate connection with someone’s creation. I think this is a common experience for all creatives -- because you know how difficult it is to create something...it’s literally a miracle that things get made.


Q: What are some of your favourite snacks or foods that fuel your creative process?
Raw chocolate is my one true love. Whenever I make chocolate - I am meditating. I forget who I am and just enjoy the process. My favorite bar when I want chocolate other than my own is Living Libations Vanilla Vibhutti bar. I almost cried when I first tried this it was so good. They grind their cacao on a matate like ancient Mayans. It is a culinary and ancestral experience.


Q: What are your three staples for glowing health?
I don’t consider myself a liaison for glowing health...but I can share what works for me: Try not to spend too much time focusing on negative aspects and searching for solutions. Rather, spend more time examining on what is working for your body - and augment that // Listen to your intuition - even if you don’t understand it // You won’t be wherever you are now very soon, so don’t worry about leaving or changing something - everything changes on it’s own. Find a way to appreciate what is now...it won’t be much longer.


Q: What would be an ideal day for you?
I read somewhere once that most people say that they could be living their ideal day by tomorrow...as in they don’t require any more resources than they already have - they just need to act on what they want to do. I’m not sure if that was a legitimate study, but I can definitely see this with myself.

An ideal day for me: I would wake up without an alarm feeling refreshed and excited. My mind would not pick up from where I left off last night, but it would be conscious and focused on what is today. I would make a warm elixir and go for a hike. If I saw someone, I wouldn’t wonder what they were thinking of me...instead - I would ponder their beauty and have gratitude for their presence. I would climb down to the water, meditate a bit and do a bit of journaling. My eyebrows would soften and my bones would sit without tension. I would come home, meet a friend, and share some tea & chocolate. I would look at them in conversation and wonder if there was any way my love could be deeper. There would be some creative collaboration happening, in which a vision I had in my mind was translated into physical - and it exceeded the quality of my vision. Later, I would consume someone else’s art, which would touch me in ways I’ve never experienced. I would wonder whether it was the creation that really moved me, or if it was me that moved me. My heart would be sore in the best way—like cheeks after a deep smile. 


Q: Who are some sources of inspiration for you? 
I have a really amazing community of friends who are doing such incredible things. They also are always willing to show up for me and my projects - despite my track record of constantly failing. 

Q: What are your go-to products in your holistic medicine cabinet?
Fresh, organic aloe vera, homemade rosewater, fresh turmeric, manuka honey, beta 1 3d glucan, colostrum, a slew of tonic herbs, and a lot of therapeutic grade essential oils. I recently spilled a cup of piping hot tea all over my stomach and immediately applied my rosewater, fresh aloe, and manuka honey...the next day the burn was completely healed. Having your first aid kit ready to go definitely comes in handy!

Q: What’s on your reading list currently?
I’m not reading much at the moment. I did recently read Switch by Chip & Dan Heath and I really enjoyed it. I also just got The Art of Attention by Elena Brower + Erica Jago in the mail - and although I haven’t done any of the practices in it - I’ve read all the text front to back and ogled at the amazing design and photography.

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