I think the greatest thing about the internet is the ability to connect and share ideas with people from all around the world.
Now and then you come across a person or community of people that you can really relate to, and I sensed that with ‘Tiny time machines’.
It was actually on Instagram that we linked, noticing that we had similar ‘spirituality/ inspiration’ style posts. I checked out their website and was inspired and interested in their simple yet unique concept. Garni, one of the co founders, reached out to me, and was kind enough to mail me (from California to Dubai) my very own tiny time machine! :)
I think that this makes a perfect present. A present to remind you of the present :) The greatest gift of all!
[Plus, you could also add in Eckhart Tolle's book "The Power of Now" wrapped in ribbon for a truly wonderful gift set! :)]
To explain more of the back story to this great concept, Garni was kind enough to allow a short interview for my blog here, and to answer a few of my own questions! :)
Do check out the more info and the blog on their website and find them on Instagram @tinytinemachines for inspiration!
What is the idea behind Tiny Time machines?
To remind the world to be here now in a world that is full distractions. When we are fully present we feel the oneness of all things, and naturally try to better ourselves and the whole.
Where did the inspiration come from to create a ‘watch’? :)
Two months after leaving my job, I found an old wall clock I had bought 8 years earlier. I had never used it, I really don’t like clocks. I only bought it because it said “The Truth” on it. Something about it made me keep it all those years. As I was looking at it that day I realized something. The time is always now. The clock should say now, that is the truth. When we shed the illusions of labels and immerse into the present we feel the unity of all things. This is how “The Truth” gave birth to tiny time machines.
I was really pleased to read that 50% of all your profits go to helping children; could you tell us more about the work you are involved in there?
http://www.davidlynchfoundation.org/. They bring meditation to schools and help children find inner peace. They track the progress and it has been proven to help with grades, health, and happiness.
It must have been shocking to a lot of people when you gave up your steady income job to let go and start this unorthodox venture (I can relate because I am often met with “is that your main job?” style questions when I say that I am a singer!) Did you find a lot of or a lack of general support from family and friends when you made this transition? and was it easy to adjust?
Unfortunately I did not get much support from most people, but those closest to me knew how driven I am and believed in it. Most people thought I had lost it. I always joke that “when I found myself, people thought I had lost myself”. But that is probably due to the fact that I had also developed the wrong kind of friends and network in the shallow waters of fashion and entertainment, so I must take responsibility for that. I thought this path would be a lonely and hard one, but I have been surprised and amazed to meet so many others like me who have “come out of the spiritual closet”. It was quite the social suicide, but after death comes rebirth, and my social circle is now reborn with many wonderful life affirming souls.
It can be very hard to stay present when you have financial pressures, family, debts etc. What would you advise be to someone who has such pressures, and yet wants to be more present?
I can only speak from my experience. I know that everyone deals with pressures differently. Some people work well under extreme pressures and deadlines, while others may need some safety to jump. I am somewhere in between.
I went from living in a house in Hollywood Hills to a simple apartment and became a total minimalist to give my dream the best possible shot. If you really want something, prepare yourself first. Cut all the costs you possibly can, move back home if you have to, and dedicate whatever little you have to make the dream become reality. Do NOT fall under social pressures like nice car and clothes, none of that lasts. Ignore what people say, your soul knows the truth. Keep your eyes on the dream. And if you fail, then just try again, and again, and again…
Thank-you Garni for your the inspiration and a great gift!
“When I found myself, people thought I had lost myself” Garni, Tiny Time Machines. :)