Sunday, May 27, 2007

Greening

I bought energy-efficient lightbulbs yesterday for my table lamps. Step by step…

Karuna Knits

Well, if the name isn’t taken. My idea is to do Karuna meditation with each piece to infuse it with compassion, healing or whatever else I can think of. I can do different meditations by request. I think this is an original idea (PLEASE DON’T STEAL IT), so it will increase the value of my work and maybe make the world a little better place. Of course, I can’t make any guarantees about the quality of my karuna…but I’m sure it will become more powerful as time goes on. I’m toying with the idea of doing it AS I’m knitting, as opposed to spending an hour with each piece afterward. Or maybe doing them in piles. I don’t know.

To make it official, I want to register the business, start book-keeping etc. I plan on selling at craft shows and markets, as well as on a website and e-bay. But one thing at a time. I have a number of pieces to finish up and some things I want to make for myself before I start really cranking it out. I would love to have a good size inventory by the end of the year, but that’s asking a lot. It will depend on how much the knitting machine can help me go quicker, how much time I spend on embellishing, and how much time I can spend working each day. Some of my other goals my help with time, some may interfere, so my 40 odd things is always a work in progress.

Yoga

I’m trying to change my attitude towards yoga. I want to learn to see it as a tool for spiritual growth and healing rather than exercise. In my practice I want to focus on breathing and being in tune with my body rather than trying to “work out”, push myself or attain “perfect postures”. I would like to include chanting, pranayama and sitting meditation into my practice as well as asana. I think it would help if I studied yoga philosophy as well, and tie it in with my ayurvedic study. I want to spend at least 2 hours a day involved in yoga, perhaps more, perhaps split into several sessions. I would also like to vary my activities and see if there are methods of yogic walking.

I am interested in vedanta and developing all four yogas – jnana, raja, bhakti and karma. I want to find personal ways to accomplish these factors, ones that are comfortable and practical to where I am in my process. For instance, I don’t see myself bringing milk to a deity at a hindu temple, or volunteering for habitat for humanity! I have been resistant to the karmic and bhakti paths in the past, but I am starting to open up to them. I will have to do more research, but it is possible that singing kirtan can be my bhakti, and infusing my knits with karuna (compassion) by meditating with them can be karma. Also, asana can serve as bhakti – caring for my body, prana and the divine within. Asana can also be raja if I include meditative poses and generally attain a meditative state while I practice. Jnana will only be difficult to fit in because I like reading about so many different things. I will probably have to put some other interests aside for now, but I think ayurveda can be part of my jnana practice.

If my social plans fall through tomorrow I am going to try to go to the community class at Atlas studio. I am a little less comfortable going to that studio than the Queen street one, but I think I can get over that. Living within blocks of both studios is great, because they seem to be quite different in the types of classes, schedules and fee options. But I am glad they both have community classes.

I still haven’t done my surya namaskara today, but I will before I go to bed, which will be soon.

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