Arj Selvam — Business, Meditation, Travel, Documentation     

Arj Selvam

About

i have a varied background and am on my fourth (probably fifth) act. I'm currently building pala, a yet-to-launch media, and consumer-goods companyA vibrant digital publication and a small product offering within the personal-care space, launching later in 2020.. pala is about living a considered life, through the lens of the mind, body, and environment. I also enjoy taking photos and writing, though I don't practice either as much as I'd like. Currently — and due to covid-19 — I'm marooned in Australia.


"Hotel Meditation" in Zürich, Switzerland; 2019 (Sony α7III; 18mm at f/2.8, 1/500, ISO 100)

Current

I am the founder of pala, an entity rooted in well-being and inspired by my health journey. Although pala is scheduled to launch later this year, I remain cognizant of this pandemic's impact. Commerce comes second to public health, so when we launch, we'll continue to acknowledge this and find ways to bring relief to those affected — however great or small the gesture.

When schedules align, I consult (advice, strategy, operations, hiring) for consumer technology companies founded by good people who are building conscious products or services.

Previous

I don't like the concept of listing career achievements, roles held at high-profile organizations, or the institution one attended. Understandably, it's not practical, but I've come to hold a higher regard for one's current outlook, than their previous accomplishments (or lack of). Like most, I have had career wins and career losses, and it's the career lows which have made me a better person. If credentials are needed, please email me.

Meditation

As I've gotten older, I've found myself looking inwards more, and that has led me to the practices of meditating, solo-running, and yoga (Iyengar). These slow, ancient eastern practices have helped me cultivate a simpler and balanced life for me.

Virtues

Last year, I wrote a set of (personal) virtues — inspired by Benjamin Franklin's — to help guide me. They're of course nothing more than collection of words with a hopeful demeanour; however, they link to a past experience which taught me something about myself — and now they're etched in memory. In no particular order: HumilityHumility — Embody modesty and refrain from self-promotion, resistanceResistance — Stand for what is right, be vocal for the people and things which matter to me, consciousnessConsciousness — Engage intentionally and with volition, colorColor — Become lost in the arts, study what makes the world beautiful, and compassionCompassion —Bring love and joy for others and self.

Presence

Contact

You can try email.

—AS