My name is Asuka.
I am a lover of humanity. A peace seeker. A closet introvert and meaning maker.
I am 29 years old. So looking forward to turning 30! Strongly intuiting the next stage of womanhood.
A Piscean and a sensitive and mystical one at that.
Witnessing people doing what they love, assisting people to do what they love, creative expression, acts of love and service, the art of living simply and harmoniously (a work in progress for me!).
People living on purpose, leaders of kindness, unsung heroes, those who love fully and wholeheartedly, those who lead their lives in service of others and the artists of our world. Mother Earth & her majesty. The unknown.
A life half-lived. Being a prisoner of the mind. Complicating things. Indulgence.
Man’s Search for Meaning Viktor Frankl, Siddhartha Hermann Hesse, I’ve just finished The Artist’s Way so this is fresh and pulsing for me.
I absolutely love the film Pina – A film for Pina Bausch by Wim Wenders.
For the most part it was full of contentment and delight. I was so supported and provided for. I relished in adventure and the magic of friendship. With a neighborhood full of kids as comrades we made it our mission to scale the tallest trees, craft world class cubby houses, turn wrinkled & sun kissed in backyard pools and cast our imaginations to awesome realms. Around these kids I was a fearless leader yet in other aspects of my life, quite timid and shy.
HOW OLD I WOULD BE IF I DIDNT KNOW MY AGE:
Four year olds are definitely my people, so four?
WHAT MAKES ME SMILE AND LAUGH:
The kids in my creative dance classes and what they come up with. My partner when he pulls his mad scientist face! I love this so much!
To experience a sense of peace more consistently. No matter whom I am with, what I have acquired, where I am going, what I am doing and whom I think I am. In spite of all of this, to really live from a place of peace so that I may offer those around me greater compassion, kindness and joy.
To really feel the pulse of life as a grand creative act. To take greater risks and make more art! Art that soothes, uplifts, challenges, illuminates and stirs to the core. To travel the world learning contemporary and cultural dances of its peoples and be given permission to share this with others.
THE DEFINING MOMENTS OF MY LIFE:
Moving from Sydney to the Gold Coast with my Mum and younger brother aged 11.
Graduating from a BA in Biomedical Science aged 20, which was a true test of perseverance for me. Healing from my first real heartbreak towards the end of this time and then travelling to India.
My time in Melbourne, starting with my move there at 21. Falling in love with all of her eccentricity and possibility.
The sweat, tears and passion poured into the beautiful social enterprise cafe, Kinfolk at 24. This was a truly transformative process. The incredible souls that I fell in love with during this time and the experiences that we shared opened up a whole new realm of existing. The passing of my beloved Pa this same year.
Being able to love and care for other people’s children and being included in the rhythm & life stories of these families through my work as nanny.
Countless moments in nature. Alone and with others. By the roar of the sea. Under the stars. On a cliff face in the wind. A strong memory comes to mind, when I was deep in the bush on an adventure camp aged 15. I’d forgotten what I looked like given no mirror’s reflection for 10 days, merrily washing my body in an icy cold stream with my girlfriends. An incomparable feeling of the most beautiful and switched on aliveness. This defining feeling of quiet connectedness to the web of all things; beyond grasping and desire, beyond self-consciousness and fear.
WHAT I DO FOR MYSELF THAT HELPS ME KEEP GOING:
Meditate. Dance. Take the time to be by myself.
WHO IS MY MUSE:
I can’t say I have a specific muse. Instead I find myself continuously inspired and captivated by women and individuals around me or that I know of, on an ongoing and ever flowing basis. They challenge, soften and enliven me to make the most of this precious life.
I am very attracted to the courageous, independent and compassionate. Stories of women on lone treks across vast lands, grappling with their humanness, fragility and strength – these are the tales that intrigue me. Also women who continue to create (their art) despite adversity and are utterly fabulous in all of their eccentricity; like Frida Kahlo and Mirka Mora. Selfless women urge me to rise to a higher version of myself – those dedicated to the healing and care of fellow beings.
MY DREAM DESTINATIONS:
Japan. My father is Japanese. And although I don’t speak the language nor have I had much to do my heritage so far, more now than ever the sensibilities and eccentricities of the country are speaking volumes to me. I’m anticipating some kind of spiritual + artistic re/connection.
I dream of traveling to places that I haven’t yet heard of and co-creating with the world’s people in far flung, fabulous and deeply meaningful ways.
WHAT BREAKS MY HEART:
Inhumane violence. The suffering of others.
WHAT MENDS MY HEART:
Acts of kindness and generosity.
MANTRAS TO SHARE:
Before enlightenment chop wood carry water; after enlightenment, chop wood carry water / Zen proverb
In the midst of winter, I found there was, within me, an invincible summer / Camus
If you get nervous, focus on service / Doreen Virtue
Let yourself become living poetry / Rumi
I AM GREATFUL FOR:
Everything. Even if it takes considerable time for that to be the case.
IF I COULD, I WOULD TELL MY 7 YEAR OLD SELF:
I would sing to my 7-year-old self to keep having adventures and not to worry so much about being ‘good’.
MY 16 YEAR OLD SELF:
I would offer to my 16- year-old self that she is enough, exactly how she is.
MY 100 YEAR OLD SELF:
I wouldn’t tell my 100 year-old-self anything, I just hold her soft hand and ask her what she would like to tell me.
MY LOCAL SACRED LOCATIONS:
The land upon which my little Myocum studio home is situated is definitely sacred earth. It is an incredibly restorative place after a dynamic day in the world. I also adore where the river meets the sea at Brunswick Heads, I find this passageway incredibly soothing. Boulders beach is a place for reflection and nurturance of the wilderness within.
WISDOM TO SHARE:
‘Don’t ask what the world needs, ask what make you come alive and go and do it. Because what the world needs is people who have come alive.’ Howard Thurman
I would gently encourage everyone (and myself) to explore what makes his or her heart sing. To become intimately acquainted with that which stirs & uplifts the spirit and allow this to be a force which is nurtured and not suppressed. Concerning my own sometimes feverish, always enthusiastic quest for place and purpose, this sentiment has held its relevance.
THE QUESTION I DREAM OF ANSWERING IS:
‘How can I apply for the fully funded artist residency on your eco-arts community by the sea?’