Thursday, December 7, 2017

a sacred pause

Every so often, I do a writing exercise comparing "now" with the same time one year ago. How things have changed, what has ended and what is new. If I'm in a great place, the words come easy...if not, I have to go deeper.

 
I am sewing less now...but woke up the other day wanting to make a simple star. It might have had something to do with a line that I recently read and loved...."the way to the stars is not outward but rather inward."  


I miss sewing but know it's a cycle and it probably won't be long before things change.


A scrap of blue velvet for one side and a handstitched 9-patch for the other, stuffed with wool and decorated with beads and blue pins.


I am better about labeling things now.

                          

I'm eating more roots now...baking several beets at a time to have on hand for lunches, one a day. I think I'd rather have a beet a day than an apple a day. But that could change at any time.


I'm knitting way more now and I can knit socks now. That's my first pair in the basket waiting for sock blockers to come all the way from England. I know you don't really need sock blockers but I see it as part of the experience.


I know my camera has a painting filter now, turned on by accident on Thanksgiving Day. All my photos from that day are like this. 


My youngest daughter and I are planning her wedding now.


Sometimes I feel that I'm doing less of everything I normally do. Some of that is because of wedding planning but it's also the shorter days and longer nights that gently lull us into rest and restoration. I've heard this time referred to as a sacred pause. And then I remember that trees only appear to be dormant while their roots continue to grow, all the while sinking deeper into the earth. Maybe we too grow deeper as we take our sacred pause. xx

18 comments:

Nancy said...

So soothing to be here in your sacred space. Thank you for that, as it is always needed...that pause.

Ms. said...

All that blue is a clue:
everything is blue, even pink leans toward blue.
I've sunk deep into blue. Nights in the City are essentially blue.
Everything is sacred.

liniecat said...

Love that phrase - sacred pause - R&R for the soul - yes sounds fine to me, therapy can come in so many ways and knitting is another way!
How wonderful to assist in the wedding arrangements, another phase of life to enjoy and participate in and many memories in the making.

x

taiqi said...

The real trick is to actually TAKE that sacred pause. I live in Washington State and everyone seems so depressed with winter--whereas I love winter and low light. I can take the time to "nest" and rest. No have-to or should or oughts--just slow time. Take a deep breath--slow stitch.
Thanks for blogging. i am always inspired. Janet -Friday Harbor, Wa

deanna7trees said...

Congrats to your daughter. Exciting to be planning a wedding.

Tina Zaffiro said...

Your photo's and words leave me feeling loved and inspired.

Peggy said...

Nancy, thank you, I've been thinking about you -- hope you are safe and well protected from all the ash and smoke we are reading about. Colorado is very dry and we certainly could use an amount of snow but our family is hoping for storm-free weather that first week in January!

Peggy said...

Michelle, that is so lovely -- you are a wordsmith extraordinaire, my friend! I sometimes sign off with "in the green" but I'm changing it to "in the blue"...

Peggy said...

Hi Lyn, yes, I'm having a lot of fun with this wedding planning. I am glad it's happening now though before I get any older because wedding planning is not for the weak. You're right, not too many decisions to make with knitting other than choosing the project to begin with. It calms me like nothing else.

Peggy said...

Janet, thank you. I would do very well in Washington with you because I love to nest too. I wish I had prepared a slow stitch project for myself, something I wouldn't need to make any decisions about. I feel too stretched to do that right now though, so slow knitting instead!

Birdie said...

Dear Peggy,
I no longer blog as I'm just quiet now. I'm at peace and have no need to share my simply beautiful life.
I also no longer visit many blogs although I know there are many wonderful one to explore.
I have followed you for a long time now and have never tired of your words and photos. I'm always excited to see that you've added a new post and look forward to what you'll share with me.
Thank you for blogging and sharing your journey with this quiet reader.
~brightest blessings~
Barbara

Peggy said...

Deanna, thank you, we are definitely in the thick of it with less than a month to go. How 'bout that snow down your way!?

Peggy said...

Tina, thank you for your comment, that means a lot...

Peggy said...

Barbara, I'm grateful for your kind words. We are like placeholders of an invisible web that circles the planet, through the air, across earth, land and water...we resonate and then connect with each other...and there must be a reason. Blessings to you.

dulcy said...

All that blue is just brilliant! As are your socks...... you've got the sock bug now, and there's not stopping you Peggy! Your blog is my favorite, and always sends out a feeling of creativity and peace.
xo
dulcy

Anonymous said...

well the 'doing less' could be age or it could be new preferences emerging or the wedding or, as I so often am reminded here to consider, by you, part of a cycle. I love your blue star. It has personality!

Hazel said...

Always thoughtful beauty here...sigh. Love the blue star, my Blue had a blue velvet star as a baby & named his favorite stuffy "Blue Star". Your Dali-esque Thanksgiving made me laugh. Blessings to you, Peggy.

Sue McQ said...

The blue star is exquisite! So lovely. How do you usually roast your beets? Heard that beets are good for pain relief. Merry Christmas.