Happy Sleepies look like they have smiling eyes and upside down their eyes look sealed with sleep.
Whether happily proactive or sleepily withdrawn, they are avatars of our freedom to choose.
Happy Sleepies are enlightened beings because they always remember their freedom to choose how to be. They can zoom around in excited high energy or dream in restful slumber or choose to feel anything in between whenever they want. An example of an alternative to the happy-sad dichotomy.
Instead of bouncing between states of existence imposed by the outside world, everyone can generate from inside a choice of at least a proactive or reserved attitude towards external life circumstances. We can all learn to be internally, emotionally grounded and in that way always have a sense of agency in our lives.
We make things according to rules of luxury and sustainability, shunning waste. For example, the fabrics we use are very high quality, often 100% silk brocade or wool and yet usually come from mill end rolls or from industry cut offs. The designs are sometimes the result of piecing together scraps from our own work - little is wasted and the result is unique.
We who lived in concentration camps can remember the men who walked through the huts comforting others, giving away their last piece of bread. They may have been few in number, but they offer sufficient proof that everything can be taken from a man but one thing: the last of the human freedoms — to choose one’s attitude in any given set of circumstances, to choose one’s own way.
Happy Sleepies, since 2001
Below is a selection of Happy Sleepies made over the years.