be water, my friend…
Today’s Journal Prompts:
In my journal writing, I can be like water by…
Do not be assertive, but adjust to the object, and you shall find a way around or through it.
This reminded me of learning “sensing” in T’ai chi. Once you are relaxed and empty yourself, you then adjust to the actions of others. You use their energy to find your way around or through. No assertion or aggressiveness is necessary.
I will not force the act of journal writing, but “adjust to the object” of doing it, then will find my way around procrastination, or fear someone will read my private writing [hence posting it in my blog], busting through the wall that is blocking the doing of it.
In my creative work, I can be turn rigidness into flow by…
If nothing within you stays rigid, outward things will disclose themselves.
Empty your mind, be formless. Shapeless, like water.
I need to remember to be relaxing into the act of creativity, emptying the mind of all “chatter”, having no concern about whether it follows any design principle or color palette, being present and letting it FLOW.
I empty my mind right now of…
In my life, I can be like water by…
…be(ing) formless. Shapeless, like water.
But, I will be remembering to flow in, on, or around any problem or conflict that arises. Or as my mom used to say “Be like a duck, let the water flow off your back.”
If you put water into a cup, it becomes the cup. You put water into a bottle and it becomes the bottle. You put it in a teapot, it becomes the teapot. Now, water can flow or it can crash.
Energy is like water. It flows around, and inside. It is without physical form. We are energetically linked to all living things: human /animal/ foliage and trees/ soil and stone. We are linked the moon and sun, as well as the stars.
Fabric Cuffs: The Design Process
My thought was to keep a journal record of my design idea process. The first step is to look at the fabrics that I intend to use for the cuffs, and any trims.
Once the color-scheme is chosen, then the construction can begin.
No “pattern” was used to create the cuffs. I had the concept in my head, and worked from that to create the basic cuff.
Then I decided on my embellishments. I kinda got ahead of myself and should have done this before the back and front were sewn together. But it still worked…
Now it is time to finish. Instead of an invisible hand-sewn slip-stitch, I chose to top stitch it all together. An extra decorative touches!
You will soon be able to find these cuffs on my etsy site: GaiasEarthlyDelights
EVERYTHING CAN BE OUR TEACHER
Contemplate the workings of this world, listen to the words of the wise, take all that is good as your own.
With this as your base, open your own door to truth. Do not overlook the truth that is right before you.
Study how water flows in a valley stream, smoothly and freely between the rocks. Also learn from holy books and wise people.
Everything—even mountains, rivers, plants, and trees—should be your teacher.
— Morihei Ueshiba, creator of the discipline of Aikido, from The Art of Peace
Today’s Journal Prompts
My teachers today are:
Nature, such as: plants, flowers, trees, streams / rivers, natural cycles within nature. The writings of Lao Tsu ( in the The Tao), whose concepts and ideas are similar to my spiritual practices of Wicca and Lakota. The people around me who mirror my faults and good aspects teach me by their reflection (sometimes frightening me).
I am taking in all of this good:
By observation, through writing but had not been journaling what I observe only the emotional impact of life and observation. Then I can contemplate the meaning of things, whether literal or metaphoric, that is how I process and absorb the good.
The truth that is right in front of me is…
All things are connected.
That connectedness is on all levels of being.
Water is flowing, that barriers are often circumvented by moving around the object.
Nature has a rhythm and flow, overall. There are cycles in nature (seasons)
Each aspect of nature interacts in some way with other aspects in order to survive, that we as humans need all of nature and each other to survive.
What seems to be “bad” or “evil” in the natural world has its purpose (food chain evolution).
Water and air are the key essential elements of survival for all of creation…even the stone.