Saturday, August 11, 2012

Prayerful and Mindful Poems to Contemplate

Contemplating spiritual passages while knitting encourages those passages to take residence in the heart, according to Peggy Rosenthal's Purl One, Purl a Prayer: A Spirituality of Knitting.  During this peaceful activity, the knitter can settle down and open up to spiritual thoughts and feelings. While engaging in this practice, I collected a group of reflections on prayer and experiences of mindfulness that encourage spiritual activity; they are included in this post. They are from the Christian and Buddhist traditions.  

Prayer Scarf/Neck Warmer Pattern and Aspiration Instructions

Convert knitting into a resource for prayer.  Use the simple instructions below on how to open up your knitting with gratitude, fill it with focused prayerful intention, and conclude it in thankfulness and spiritual determination.  Also included is a pattern for a prayer scarf/neck warmer.

Spirit of a Dove Prayer Shawl and Mindfulness Instructions

Mindful knitting, someone asked me, isn't that redundant?  Isn't it impossible to lack mindfulness while knitting?  All I had to say was: frogging.  Knitters, you know what I mean.  Not only did I want to appreciate my time spent knitting but I wanted it to do more.  I mean, sometimes a sweater takes me two years.  An afgan, forget counting the months.  I wanted the hours to deepen my experience of knitting, my experience of myself, my experience of others.  I wanted knitting to become a spiritual practice; so I researched, and designed projects, and now I'm ready to share.  

Thursday, November 11, 2010

Stitch Off for Pakistani Flood Victims

Assalamu Alaikum Everyone!!!!!! 
Peace be upon you / peace and health!!!!!!

Get your needles moving!!!!
For all of those who wanted to
knit warmth and love around the world,
now is your chance!!!!
We are posing a challenge
to all those who know how to use a needle!

Click on "read more" learn how to donate knits
to children in Pakistan who have suffered from the flood.
The below post has been created by my sister Mary.

Wednesday, September 1, 2010

Going to the Places that Scare You

I started a new job yesterday and have a buddhist nun, Pema Chodron, and my friends to thank for it.  I left teaching philosophy behind to return to my roots, working directly with people who truly need support.  Its been a while since my stint working as a case manager for people without homes in Chicago.  I was younger then and had more verve, or, at least, nerve.  This time around, I was offered a job working as a case manager for people with a dual diagnosis of a developmental disability and a mental illness.  Despite my past work experience, I hesitated.  I wasn't sure if I was up to the task.  My friends, however, had confidence for me.  With that belief in my ability and Pema Chodron's advice in Going to the Places that Scare You audio book, I took the plunge.