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Zen trances:knit yourself sane?

Knitters who have been at it a while experience a trancelike state that provides the same benefits as other forms of meditation.

Unlike, other forms of meditation though, when all is said and done, knitting produces beautiful, handcrafted, wearable works of art.

Each garment reflects its unique moment in time and is as singular in its construction as the person who knit it – an image of its creator’s spirit.

Bernadette Murphy

Zen and the Art of Knitting

Passion, Workaholism, Rhubarb, and Cowslips

Cover of "Meditations for Women Who Do To...

Cover of Meditations for Women Who Do Too Much

I like to have some philosophy and thoughts for me set out by the day of the month and thought some of you might like the same ones too, I’ve written about this book last month.


Meditations for Women Who Do Too Much [me in other words..]

as written by Anne Wilson Schaef

March 29th


Many competent women have a difficult time distinguishing between passion and workaholism. When we hear the emerging concern about the lethal effects of compulsive working, we almost always ask ourselves (or justify to ourselves): ‘But what about being passionate with my work? Are you saying that to be passionate about my work is to be a workaholic? I don’t want to give up my work.’

Many of our role models for success are people who were willing to be devoured by their work. this is confusing to us.

True passion and doing what is important for us to do does not require us to destroy ourselves in the process. In fact, it is when passion gets distorted to compulsivity that it is destructive.

[Oh dear. this does sound like me at times]


The Gardener’s Perpetual Almanack by Martin Hoyles – A Book of Days

March 29th

Oxslip or Great Cowslip is the flower for the day.

‘Rhubarb. This wholesome and agreeable vegetable has become so popular as a substitute for fruit in early spring that no garden should be without it.’

[I personally have some good roots but they are not yet ready for harvesting – they come much later in the year, but the rhubarb from the Yorkshire Triangle is available in the shops and is very sweet and tender and I’ve made some crumbles already with it]

‘Now ’tis the  spring, and weeds are shallow rooted;

Suffer them now and they’ll o’ergrow the garden,

And choke the herbs for want of husbandry’.

William Shakespeare Henry Vi part 2 1592

[Old William knew his gardening.. now is certainly the time to get those weeds out before they spread!]

A Primula veris, or cowslip, on Selsley common...

Choice and Responsibility: Victim and Blame

I have a fabulous book which I don’t look at often enough. It is called: Meditations For Women Who Do Too Much by Anne Wilson Schaef.

Here is today’s – Feb 24th – Meditation.

Choices and Responsibilities

We’re swallowed up only when we are willing for it to happen (Nathalie Sarraute)

When we talk about taking responsibility for our lives, we must clarify what we mean by responsibility  The addictive meaning of the word responsibility means accountability and blame. When women accept that meaning, they cannot bear to take responsibility for their lives or to see other women do so, because, they assume, taking responsibility means taking the blame for where they are and who they are. Unfortunately this attitude puts us in the position of being a victim and robbing us of our power.

It is only when we accept that we do have choices, and we exercise those choices, that we can reclaim our lives. inherent in this reclaiming process is owning the choices we have made (all of them!) and moving on. thus we are not blaming ourselves for our lives; we are claiming them and owning them so we can take our next steps.

I have made some bad choices, I have made some so-so choices, and I have made some good choices. the most important aspect of them is that they are mine – all of them.