In honor of my month of daily meditation, I think I'll put my yoga journals on sale! For the rest of the month, 2 journals for $8!! Get one for yourself, one for a friend and start writing down your meditations and see if you can get consistent. Then tell me your secret. Ha!
I'm taking a batik class this month. I love learning new skills and I don't have much experience with fiber arts. So i'm making a floral design, of course!
Step One - block out what stays white in wax.
Step Two - paint on the red dye for my image.
Step Three- Dip it in yellow to get some oranges, and to prepare for greens to come!
Here are some shots of other work happening in the class. It's a slow process, but it creates a beautiful result. I'll post more when we're done!
Almost 2 years ago I blogged about Labyrinths. Read here if you'd like a refresher on what this wonderful meditation tool is all about.
During our crazy week of sickness, I was still able to keep my commitment of meditation every day this month. I don't think I shared this yet, so allow me to catch up. I decided that the "Art Every Day" in November went so well that I'd try another month doing something I wanted to do more regularly. My meditation practice has been spotty, at best, for years. But what "Art Every Day" taught me was that you only need to do something for a few minutes to keep a commitment and it keeps the energy moving. It snowballs, building on itself. By the end of the month, you can look back and say, "I did it. Every day. Yay."
On Day 2, I came across Sharon Salzberg's 28 day Meditation Challenge. So I signed up, and I've tweeted a bit about it. And I've kept it up! Some days I only get 3 minutes in, but that's fine! Slow and steady wins the race, right?
Last week was gorgeous, so I went to my local labyrinth to do a walking meditation. This little town I live in is doesn't have much, but it DOES have a labyrinth! Here are some pics. It's one of the few visuals I can offer during my "Meditation Every Day" month. Enjoy.
Ugh, RSV. A nasty little respiratory virus that knocked us all out for over a week. First the toddler, then the baby, then mama, then daddy. Boo.... It's super contagious and super awful, so we hunkered down and stayed home for, gulp, a whole week. No playdates, no playground, no daycare (sniff, sniff)... just us, hanging out at home. Nights were awful - daddy and I had to take shifts to care for the boys since they were so sick they'd wake up every hour or so. Not fun at all.
But... we did have fun during the days! We had so much fun that I thought I'd share some of the activities that kept us sane.
Playing with beans and rice (and sparkles!), making "deliveries" with the dump truck...
Vacuuming (really, he loves this!) and typing emails...
Cooking in the mud pie kitchen. Doesn't the moss soup look good? Yum...
A paper cake we made for grandma's birthday (along with lots of singing of "happy birthday).
Playing with homemade playdough and pipe cleaners (beads were later added).
We are finally starting to feel good again. Back to regular life! Hope you're all staying healthy!!