A trifecta of purification, SIMULTANEOUS transformation by fire, water, and air! What's percolating in your creative life this month?
When stuck in the YES BUTS the way I step outside my dissatisfied judgmental mind is to invoke my sense of curiosity and begin saying YES AND...
The act of opening and closing a quilt whispers some sacred truth about the revelation of life's moments and the hiding away of memory.
As the patchwork unfolds I will listen without agendas of planning, perfecting, or pleasing. I will allow the patchwork to show me what it wants to become.
Improvisors and quilt makers. I'm researching this question and need your input!
Remembering a geo-psychic, temporary public art project for the city of Durham, NC, that marked the beginning of urban (and personal) renewal.
The improvisational patchwork process mirrors the re-orientation of bereavement.
Experiencing FLOW, being fully engaged in creativity, work or play, is one of the habits that increases happiness.
My thanksgiving has been simple and revolutionary. I've had a week off from work and no one to share my glorious free time with.
So I've spent a lot of it in silence, meditating and working on a new quilt. I've also visited with friends and am looking forward to a lovely Thanksgiving meal with a group of twelve warm-hearted souls in San Francisco later today. I haven't been a complete hermit.
During this quiet, slow week I've recognized, and am letting go of negative thinking.
Interesting enough while working on a new quilt for the Quiltcon show in the category of negative space, I realized that there is so much rainbow around the dark spaces of life. I guess we can choose which parts to see. I like keeping both in view. I think of this view as the grounded or broadly positive. All rainbow would be grandiose, floaty, and boring.
I can't fully explain my internal tilt from the negative to the broadly positive, except that it started with a deep listening of my thought patterns, followed by letting go of judgement, finding a little compassion for myself, and finally turning over a choice, "If I'm going to let thoughts influence my actions in any way they might as well be grounded in the positive (but not unrealistic)." So simple?
Usually many subtle influences sublime and mundane must come together to deliver an enlightened revolution of mind towards surrender, tenderness and peace. My handy friendly oracle the I Ching reminded me that this is a time for integrity and that integrity fosters self-sufficiency, which leads to gradual progress. I'm reminded and encouraged by the I Ching's wisdom to slow down and recognize that lasting bonds between people develop gradually and organically. I also read this Kaiser article about positive thinking and stress around the holidays.
I'm thankful for having the time, space, relationships --the inner and outer resources-- for continued growth, understanding, and grace. I'm thankful for this feeling of hopeful resilience based on accepting the way things are unfolding in my life today. I feel a lot of grounded joy!
May you also revolve in the joy and resilience of gratitude this day.
Groups of knitters are fantastic, funny, and so appreciative of the effort anyone makes to knit. The love of yarn and craft is an instant bond.
Applied to my improvisational work, this reading tells me not to regret individual decisions and let go of expectations as I make the quilt.
Finally I've begun SEAMING my I Ching Modern Quilt columns together! Tips on pinning seams in opposite directions to reduce bulk.
Making an I Ching Modern Quilt embodies the mindful meditation practice of non-doing, non-judging, acceptance, impermanence, and non-attachment.
Be present as you iron and allow the lessons of the I Ching to settle into your being.
It was uncomfortable sewing TEN unbroken dark lines in a row. I wanted to CHEAT and control the random process, but continued with integrity!
I chanted the psalms, I chanted the scripture, I prayed every morning to the Desert, and blessed everyone I met.
In order to immerse myself in the experience of randomness I am pre-cutting all of the shapes that will be needed for my quilt.
I can't imagine the depth and pain of a client's loss, but I can connect with it compassionately when I'm stitching on their quilt.
It's Good Friday, the day of Christ's death and burial, so I chanted a little prayer to Jesus while I was stitching today.
Through synchronicity even chance events, that happen simultaneously in time and space relate to each other in the shared and present moment.