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Soul Verdancy

Good People, most royal greening verdancy, rooted in the sun, you shine with radiant light.“ – Hildegard of Bingen
Today I decided to throw in my "yoga instructor" towel - stop this wild ride before it gets even more wonky.

Not that I don't love me some yoga, because I do, but at my place in life there's just no need for so much drama. Let all the "yogis" and "yoginis" duke it out themselves. Plus, there are other things in the works - it's just time to put some things down and get ready for another journey.

With that, I'm off to rest. This head cold snuck up on me today, and I'm feeling a little wonky in the noggin.

Much love,
~ keu/Yarn and Zen
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Third Sunday in Advent - Yuletide goodness

“How far that little candle throws his beams! So shines a good deed in a weary world.” - William Shakespeare Welcome to the third week of Advent - the journey toward Yule has begun, and it's time for celebrating the Light's return.

This year I've not been in the Yuletide mood at all. In November my system was bombarded with a ton of environmental weirdness, and I've had a "cold" for nearly 5 weeks now. Thankfully I'm in the final stages of it, after dealing with fevers, hacking coughs, and feeling like I'd been run over by reindeer.

Culturally, I'm right on track - worn down, boggled by Christmas shopping, and stressed over impending social events. Even for those folks who adore this time of year, it can be a haul on your entire system.

Except that it's not supposed to be like that. For those of us in the Northern Hemisphere, the upcoming Solstice is a reminder that the Sun will return, and that darkness won't stay forever. It is a time f…

Truth is, none of us really know

Music is, to me, proof of the existence of God. It is so extraordinarily full of magic, and in tough times of my life I can listen to music and it makes such a difference.” ― Kurt Vonnegut

"Those who grasp at perceptions & views go about butting their heads in the world." - from the Magandiya Suta in the Sutta Nipata

An old Buddhist mentor of mine used to remind his students that perception is a funny thing. He would say that fish aren't swimming around trying to figure out the ocean, they only exist in what is.

These teachings would frustrate me to no end, and I often drove home muttering, crankily, no one in particular. Also, I'd have some kind of intense music playing through my speakers, so that my brain would settle down from being agitated.

After each lesson, I found myself more and more frustrated. These parables seemed like a cop-out, and never really held anyone accountable for their actions or thoughts. One could meditate for millennia on what the sou…

Mr. The Mister and the Dreamtime

"Humankind is being led along an evolving course, through this migration of intelligences, and though we seem to be sleeping, there is an inner wakefulness that directs the dream,
and that will eventually startle us back to the truth of who we are.”Rumi
All day long I've been working on this post. For some reason, when I sit in front of the screen, my thoughts wander off into other realms. All of a sudden it's time to get the mailers out, or, wait a minute, did I send the updated class/workshop list to those who asked for it? Is that my water boiling? Where did I put my tea mug?
Then I come back to the present, engaging my mind fully in the Now. And then I sit. But still no words come even though I've had them laid out for a few days.
At moments like these I find it very helpful to just let my fingers do the talking, and allow my brain to release what's all boggled up.
So let me take a moment to tell you about my one-man support team. While I do have apprentices and …

Resisting peace

"Rest in natural great peace This exhausted mind
Beaten helpless by karma and neurotic thought
Like the relentless fury of the pounding waves
In the infinite ocean of samsara.

Rest in natural great peace." - Nyoshul Khenpo Rinpoche
"My own view, which does not rely solely on religious faith, nor even on an original idea, but rather on ordinary common sense, is that establishing binding ethical principles is possible when we take as our starting point the observation that we all desire happiness and wish to avoid suffering. We have no means of discriminating between right and wrong if we do not take into account others’ feelings, others’ suffering." - His Holiness the 14th Dalai Lama

The first knitting project I attempted was a welcoming blanket for my son. The needles were too short, the wax over the bamboo was fading, and the pure cotton yarn was difficult to use. Even with those obstacles, I sat on the back deck, swaying on the porch swing, chanting "Om Mani Padme…

Second Sunday in Advent (2018) - Let me just like a tree

"When we are stricken and cannot bear our lives any longer, then a tree has something to say to us: Be still! Be still! Look at me! Life is not easy, life is not difficult. Those are childish thoughts. Let God speak within you, and your thoughts will grow silent. You are anxious because your path leads away from mother and home. But every step and every day lead you back again to the mother. Home is neither here nor there. Home is within you, or home is nowhere at all." ― Herman Hesse

One of my favorite yoga asanas is the Tree pose (Vriksasana) - due to the difficult simplicity of the position. Moving from Mountain (Tadasana), you slowly lift one leg, raise your arms, and work to stay in balance. The asana works to move you to understand where your body is in the space around it, while also working to ground your energy in a specific time.

When I first began my yoga journey, I was a beautifully naive twenty-something. Young and full of life, yoga, in my thoughts, was going …

On Yarn and Zen

“Take time to see the quiet miracles that seek no attention” John O'Donohue Of late folks have been asking me this question: "What exactly is Yarn and Zen?"

It's a good question - because to the outside casual observer, it looks as it I've got too many threads for one solid project. One podcast there, another website here, one more Facebook page everywhere - it just appears if there is a lot going on for one person, right? I mean who can do all that and not get burnt out?

Doing what you love isn't a privilege; it's an obligation.”
― Barbara Sher Enter the work of Barbara Sher. For the first time in my life, here was someone saying, "Stop letting the issues of others color your ability to engage multiple disciplines, and go live your life." What I learned was intensely revolutionary, and it has taken me a few years to put the information into practice.
The key element here is to stop trying to explain these things: who you arewhat you are doingwh…