Sunday, May 28, 2017

breaking the subconscious contracts...

~ Bryonie Wise
"I hereby break all contracts I made unconsciously & consciously before I knew the depth of my own Spirit; the silent ones, the ones I inherited, passed down & accepted as my own from generation to generation.
I hereby severe all ties with that which holds me down & back, unable to see the glimmer of what I know to be true, whether by my own creation or by expectations tied like weights around my ankles by others lost in the sea of their own confused hearts.
I hereby reclaim my right to choose how my story unfolds, armed with creativity, a heart made of gold & reverent humility.
I hereby fully accept all of this living & what-is-yet-to-come with brash integrity & loving determination.
I hereby swear to use my superpowers for the love of all beings & I return anything that no longer serves my Higher & Lower Self (& the ones Caught-in-Between) with gratitude & consciousness.
I do this all with love, from the great source of it found in my very own beating heart."



Saturday, May 27, 2017

sit, breathe, and steady the mind...

"Whenever your mind becomes scattered, 
use your breath as the means 
to take hold of your mind again." 
~ Thích Nhất Hạnh
~~~
Meditation Cushion. Zafu. Floor Pillow. Natural Linen/Rayon Blend Slub Fabric. 15x5 Buckwheat Hull filled. 5" Sidewall Zipper. Handmade, USA
 ...buyer review: "For my husband, an avid meditator. His words? "Perfect." Thank you." 
USA handmade by #EtsySeller #zafuchi
(mala necklace by #zardenia)

Monday, May 22, 2017

mysterious journeys...

"When a path opens up before us that leads we know not where, don't be afraid to follow it. Our lives are meant to be mysterious journeys, unfolding one step at a time. Often we follow a path worn smooth by the many and in doing so we lose our authenticity, our individuality, our own unique expression. Do not be afraid to lose your way. Out of chaos, clarity will eventually rise. Out of not knowing, something new and unknown will ultimately come. Do not order things too swiftly. Wait and the miracle will appear."
~ Ann Mortifee

country road in Old Miakka, Florida...

Saturday, May 20, 2017

Being and non-being create each other...

"When people see some things as beautiful,
other things become ugly.
When people see some things as good,
other things become bad.
Being and non-being create each other.
Difficult and easy support each other.
Long and short define each other.
High and low depend on each other.
Before and after follow each other.
Therefore the Master
acts without doing anything
and teaches without saying anything.
Things arise and he lets them come;
things disappear and he lets them go.
He has but doesn't possess,
acts but doesn't expect.
When his work is done, he forgets it.
That is why it lasts forever."
~ Lao Tzu: 
Tao Te Ching chapter 2
~~~~
  (and because a girl needs to pay her bills... :) )
Meditation Cushion. Zafu. Floor Pillow. Driftwood Coral.
 

Friday, May 19, 2017

wanting peace...

"In order for the world to become peaceful, people must become more peaceful. Among mature people war would not be a problem – it would be impossible. In their immaturity people want, at the same time, peace and the things which make war. However, people can mature just as children grow up. Yes, our institutions and our leaders reflect our immaturity, but as we mature we will elect better leaders and set up better institutions. It always comes back to the thing so many of us wish to avoid: working to improve ourselves." 


Wednesday, May 17, 2017

Self-acceptance...

"Over the years, I have come to realize that the greatest trap in our life is not success, popularity, or power, but self-rejection. Self-rejection is the greatest enemy of the spiritual life because it contradicts the sacred voice that calls us the "Beloved." Being the Beloved constitutes the core truth of our existence." 
~ Henri J.M. Nouwen

Spiderwort  flower

Saturday, May 13, 2017

at the heart of matter...

"In the 'non-beingness',
beingness has appeared...
and in the beingness,
thousands of births and life forms
are created within a moment..."
~Nisargadatta Maharaj
~~~ 
"Are we here to maximize our own reward, 
or to generously share the fruit of our labor?"
~~~
"...let's take the time to nourish the love 
& compassion that is already in our hearts." 
~Thay
 ~~~
Hibiscus Flower Buckwheat Hull Zafu meditation cushion
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Friday, May 12, 2017

I AM - not two...

"Ascension while in physical-form is enlightenment. 
Ascension in subtle-form is life-everlasting, immortality."
  ~ ~ ~
"I Am" what you are searching for. "I Am" that inner pull from within your heart. The only difference between what "I Am" and what you take yourself to be is only a matter of belief. As you currently believe yourself to be other than "Truth" "I Am" without this belief. Remove the belief that somehow you are other than "Truth" and in that instant, freedom shines forth. 
~Agnisattva
~ ~ ~
And, because ascension doesn't pay the bills and we still need money, I present:
Buckwheat Hull Zafu Meditation Cushion. 
Floor/Dorm Pillow. Bright Green w. Floral Print. 
OOAK. Buckwheat Hulls. 
6"Sidewall Zipper. 15 x 5. USA made


 

Thursday, May 11, 2017

opening up to our Source...

"Every day we dishonor our finest impulses. That is why we get a heart-ache when we read those lines written by the hand of a master and recognize them as our own, as the tender shoots which we stifled because we lacked the faith to believe in our own powers, our own criterion of truth and beauty. Every man, when he gets quiet, when he becomes desperately honest with himself, is capable of uttering profound truths. We all derive from the same source. There is no mystery about the origin of things. We are all part of creation, all kings, all poets, all musicians; we have only to open up, to discover what is already there."
~ Henry Miller

Cassia, and Bleeding Hearts Vine

Wednesday, May 10, 2017

clear mind...

"The ancient Masters were profound and subtle.
Their wisdom was unfathomable.
There is no way to describe it;
all we can describe is their appearance.
They were careful
as someone crossing an iced-over stream.
Alert as a warrior in enemy territory.
Courteous as a guest.
Fluid as melting ice.
Shape-able as a block of wood.
Receptive as a valley.
Clear as a glass of water.

Do you have the patience to wait
till your mud settles and the water is clear?
Can you remain unmoving
till the right action arises by itself?

The Master doesn't seek fulfillment.
Not seeking, not expecting,
He is present, and can welcome all things."

Lao Tzu: Tao Te Ching chapter 15

cassia tree flowers from my back yard

Thursday, May 4, 2017

the (sweet) option of having no opinion...

 "You always own the option of having no opinion. 
There is never any need to get worked up 
or to trouble your soul about things you can't control. 
These things are not asking to be judged by you. 
Leave them alone."
~ Marcus Aurelius

~:():~ 

 In today's vernacular: 
"Don't sweat the small stuff, 
and it's all (almost) small stuff."

Frequently the comments section of online articles/social media feeds 
is way more colorful and spicy than the information in the article itself.

Ah, the sweetness of exercising the option of having no opinion 
about that which our words cannot actually change.
And, wisdom to know the difference is key.

Siesta Key at sunset

Tuesday, May 2, 2017

being supa hap hap happy!

"Imagining yourself to be the body,
no wonder you have all these ailments.

Imagining yourself to be the mind,
no wonder you have all these worries.

Knowing yourself to be consciousness,
No wonder there is all this space and peace.

Realizing you are the unborn awareness,
no wonder you are supremely happy."
 
~Sri Mooji
 
(stock photo from canva)

Saturday, April 29, 2017

when nothing is left out...

"When you live the spiritual life - 
or rather it lives you, 
versus just talking about it - 
washing the dishes is deeply spiritual, 
cooking dinner is deeply spiritual, 
going to work is deeply spiritual. 
You can't separate the two, 
a “me” being spiritual or not spiritual. 
It's just what you are.
That's when life takes on a resonance 
or alignment with itSelf, 
where everything is holy 
and wholly spiritual - 
nothing is left out."
~ Rita Friedman

~o~ () ~o~

Flower of Life Meditation Cushion  

Flower of Life Meditation Cushion. Zafu. Flax/Linen Fabric, and Sunset Coral. 15" x 5". Buckwheat Hulls. 6" L. Sidewall Velcro. Handmade, USA. by etsyseller Zafuchi

Thursday, April 27, 2017

closer than breathing...in every atom...

-~O... Kabir ....O~-
 
"Where do you search me?
I am with you
Not in pilgrimage, nor in icons
Neither in solitudes
Not in temples, nor in mosques
Neither in Kaba nor in Kailash
I am with you o man
I am with you
Not in prayers, nor in meditation
Neither in fasting
Not in yogic postures
Neither in renunciation
Neither in the vital force nor in the body
Not even in the ethereal space
Neither in the womb of Nature
Not in the breath of the breath
Seek earnestly and discover
In but a moment of search
Says Kabir, Listen with care
Where your faith is, I am there."
available by etsyseller BienDit

Tuesday, April 25, 2017

a lesson in abundance...

~)(~
Sunday evening while at the laundromat I was given a lesson about "having more than enough" by a homeless person camped for the night in the doorway of a brick and mortar store. I'd seen him there before, so I assume he has an agreement with the store owner, but maybe not. I don't know. I asked him if he needed any money and he declined. He said "No, I'm good. I don't need anything" as he pulled his sleeping bag up close and puffed away on a tiny brown cigar. I believed him. Camping out next the laundromat where he has access to a bathroom, and just a few yards away from a convenience store, he may be homeless by choice. This may not be so very different than camping out, for him. I began making up a story in my head about him. But mostly, I got a lesson in when there's plenty - in the moment.
~)(~
 

Monday, April 17, 2017

money matters and spirituality...

This is something that has for some time been a daily concern for me, as it probably is (I'm guessing, but it's a good guess, I believe) for many people who are on a spiritual path. I frequently feel the need for mental clarity on this very important part of life in the dream/illusion. Maybe an individual has calculated a way to monetize the no-thing-ness they have discovered (and genuine spirituality is all very nice, etc. etc.) but seriously, no-thing-ness itself doesn't pay the bills.
~)(~

~ Adyashanti
"Q: So, how does the unfolding of non-motivation relate to issues, like earning money, that need motivation and desire to manifest?

Adya: The making of money is a necessary part of life and can be motivated by many drives. Among them, the drive to succeed, to acquire wealth beyond what is needed, to feel worthy, to have power, etc. However, the need to earn money to support your life, and possibly the life of your family, is a simple necessity. That is the motivation. And as such, it is an act of love. Your job in speculation and investing may require quick action and commitment, but not aversion and grasping. I know people who do investing and speculation and they do not do it from an emotional space of aversion and greedy desire but from wisdom and experience. Of course you must make money in ways that feel in integrity for you, but the underlying emotions are brought to the job by each of us, they do not exist in the job itself, as long as the job embodies basic moral principles and can be carried out with integrity. If not, it is time to look for something else to do. You see, as we drop the ego and all of the egoic motivations, what we are left with is acting from love. We do what we do out of love. Love for life, love for family, love for humanity. And love transcends all egoic motivations. Love is liberation in action."

Saturday, April 1, 2017

there is a way to be sane...

 "I'm saying that you can get rid of all this insanity created by the past in you,
 just by being a simple witness of your thought processes.
It is simply sitting silently, witnessing the thoughts, passing before you. Just witnessing, not interfering, not even judging, because the moment you judge you have lost the pure witness. The moment you say “this is good, this is bad,” you have already jumped onto the thought process.
It takes a little time to create a gap between the witness and the mind. Once the gap is there, you are in for a great surprise: that you are not the mind, that you are the witness, a watcher.
And this process of watching is the very alchemy of real religion. Because as you become more and more deeply rooted in witnessing, thoughts start disappearing. You are, but the mind is utterly empty.
That’s the moment of enlightenment. That is the moment that you become for the first time an unconditioned, sane, really free human being."
~Osho

Thursday, March 23, 2017

Om sweet om...

"Om is the root of all sounds.
Every other sound is contained in That,
It is used to take one beyond all sound."

~ Sri Aurobind

Wednesday, March 22, 2017

free to fly...

"I wake up every morning with excitement and curious anticipation to discover what holographic experiences my Infinite I has in store for me that day."

 ~Stephen Davis
Butterflies Are Free To Fly
A New and Radical Approach to Spiritual Evolution

Saturday, March 18, 2017

Love After Love...

“The time will come when, 
with elation you will greet yourself 
arriving at your own door, 
in your own mirror and 
each will smile at the other's welcome,
and say, sit here. Eat. 
You will love again
 the stranger who was your self.
 Give wine. Give bread. 
Give back your heart to itself,
 to the stranger who has loved you
all your life, 
whom you ignored for another, 
who knows you by heart. 
 Take down the love letters from the bookshelf,
the photographs, the desperate notes, 
peel your own image from the mirror. 
Sit. 
Feast on your life.”
~Derek Walcott



Derek Walcott (wikipedia)
born 23 January 1930 - died 17 March 2017 (aged 87)





Thursday, March 16, 2017

three simple steps to Paradise...

God/Love has no hands/feet but our hands/feet, no mouth to speak Truth but our mouth.

"I was in darkness, but I took three steps and found myself in paradise. The first step was a good thought, the second, a good word; and the third, a good deed."
~ Friedrich Nietzsche

"this little Light of mine..."

Monday, March 13, 2017

Light meditation for cellular purification...

“The technique to purify ourselves at the cellular level is very simple. You have to experience Light in every cell of your body. Light is Love, Peace, Equanimity and Stillness. Experience for as long as possible. From 7 minutes to 7 hours or for as long as you can. Whenever it is possible experience it. Whenever you are busy in life visualize Light in your system and keep the Light in you. That is all. Naturally we cannot be practising this when we are in Offices and when we are busy with our lives. But whenever you find time sit quietly, close your eyes and experience #Light in every cell of your body. It’s not easy I know but this is the only way. Increasing your purity levels in every way is as important. Let us manifest #Love. Let Love be the context for your interactions in life. Non-love is like poison. Remove non-love. Remove anger. Remove jealousy. Remove all that is related to non-love. Purity implies all this.”
by Guruji Krishnananda

Friday, March 10, 2017

how to have undiluted happy-ness...




“How do you keep your mind on God? By keeping your mind on yourself. How do you keep your mind on yourself? By not thinking, by stopping your thoughts, by erasing your ego.
When the thoughts slow down you become happier and happier automatically. For when the thoughts slow down something is rushing in to take their place. And what rushes in, is bliss.
Therefore, to the extent that you make your mind slow down to that extent do you feel blissful and happy.”
~Robert Adams - T. 219 Become What You’ve Always Been 24th January, 1993
 
 

Wednesday, March 1, 2017

be an observer - it is all a monologue...

Yet again, Mooji succinctly nails it.

"There are no dialogues in the universe.
It is all a monologue —
the one Self conversing with itself
in its favorite concept called ‘other’."
~Mooji
 
This is a test. A Rorschach test. What do you see? ;)

Tuesday, February 28, 2017

in-body Ascension...

"In order to be connected to your Divine Holy Royal Heritage of Knowledge it is necessary to meditate every single day. Only then are you able to disconnect from the mundane and connect to the Holy Spirit. The Liquid Light Codes surrounded by the electromagnetic Force called Love. Basking in Love, Joy, Bliss and being Your True Highest Self. This is what it means to meditate. This is what it means to be a Lightworker on Planet Earth. From time to time you reach this state of consciousness on your own. It catches you unaware. It is Bliss. It brings unexpected tears of joy. It is all too fleeting. The moments of pure bliss and joy fleet away. By learning to meditate you connect with Divine Mind and bliss can stay with you. The Highest choice.
In the Light there is everything to see. You cannot see anything in darkness. As you procrastinate from regularly practicing meditation you risk coming to the end of your life without having Ascension in a Body. This is the beginning of learning to navigate in the Merkaba Body."
(facebook post excerpt from The Big Reset Year a Message from Sananda post)

Furoshiki reuseable fabric wrap on zafu

Furoshiki reuseable fabric wrap
Furoshiki demo'ed on this zafu
 I appreciate all purchases made at ZafuChi - my zafu store on etsy, 
as well as all referrals. A "Thank you" 
from "the heart of my bottom" - to quote Meryl Streep.

Monday, February 27, 2017

multidimensionality of consciousness...

"Just as the difference between the space in a pot and the space outside it disappears when the pot is demolished, so also does duality disappear when it is realized that the difference between the individual consciousness and the Universal Consciousness does not in fact exist."
~ Ramesh Balsekar

Inside, outside - same same. Let's just effin get rid of any residual guilt,
so we can totally enjoy the life experience we have, while we still (seem to) have a bodily form.
Pinkie swear? :)
new hobby of papermaking - work in progress

Sunday, February 26, 2017

being engaged with Life through breath...

"Simply sit, open to God breathing divine love into the depths of your being, as you breathe your whole being, as a gift of love, back into God. This one practice alone, engaged in with heartfelt sincerity and devotion, can awaken you to God’s total and complete oneness with you as the giver, the sustainer, and the reality of the sheer miracle of your very being."
~James Finley

~)(~ 


Thursday, February 16, 2017

- nothing to fear and nothing to fight. All is well.

"[When you awaken] you want to share this truth with your friends, with your family and with your associates, but you cannot, for there are no words to describe this. Everywhere you look, you see freedom. Everywhere you look, you see love. All the trivialities are gone. The judgments have dissipated. You have nothing to fear and nothing to fight. All is well."
~ Robert Adams (20th century American Advaita mystic)
ornate tin heart with dried rose petals

Tuesday, February 14, 2017

the SELF as true Lover - Become the Love, and the Lover!

{{{{{{{  the SELF as true Lover - Become the Love, and the Lover!  }}}}}}}
Everything we really need is already in our heart of Hearts- the Spiritual Heart behind the physical heart.  
~)(~
"LOVE is the within, centre and without, it is the beneath, middle and beyond, it is the pervasive vibration reverberating the underlying fabric of this entire cosmic existence. It is the omnipresent bond between all, it is all that is, it is who you are. So beloved dear, once this sacred knowing of your Self as LOVE comes to you, no one will ever need to teach you to love yourself or to love your fellow beings. That will happen automatically out of your authentic beingness, in every single moment, not just on a 'special' day. To give love, you first have to embody it, you have to be it. Fill yourself with love to the peak by being love, and then once you are filled, overflow with it and let it flow over to everyone and everything in existence. Unless you are filled with it, you have nothing to give anyone. May this ultimate knowing come to you, may you radiate eternal LOVE every day in any given moment _/|\_ LOVE is infinite, it is eternal, let's not limit it to this day only but cultivate it every single moment. Happy Valentine's Day!"
for the singles (like me) out there!

Friday, February 10, 2017

not so black and E.B.White...

"If the world were merely seductive, that would be easy. If it were merely challenging, that would be no problem. But I arise in the morning torn between a desire to improve the world and a desire to enjoy the world. This makes it hard to plan the day."
~ E. B. White
by #etsyseller GreatBeyondGifts

E.B. White inspirational quote "I see nothing in space as promising as the view from a ferris wheel." Giclee Print

necklace by #etsyseller JewelrybyJakemi

E.B. White Quote, "Always be on the lookout for the presence of wonder.", 

Inspirational Quote Necklace, Authors Quote


Thursday, February 9, 2017

we're the projector of our "American Dream"

"A monk decided to meditate alone, away from his monastery. He took his boat out to the middle of the lake, moored it there, closed his eyes and began meditating. After a few hours of undisturbed silence, he suddenly felt the bump of another boat colliding with his own.
With his eyes still closed, he felt his anger rising, and by the time he opened his eyes, he was ready to scream at the boatman who had so carelessly disturbed his meditation. But when he opened his eyes, he was surprised to find that it was an empty boat that had struck his own. It had probably gotten untethered and floated to the middle of the lake.
At that moment, the monk had a great realization. He understood that the anger was within him; it merely needed the bump of an external object to provoke it out of him. From then on, whenever he came across someone who irritated him or provoked him to anger, he would remind himself, that the other person was merely an empty boat, the anger was within him."
~)(~
Typically, for years now, my night dreams take on a nightmarish-ness that usually wakes me up in horror or fright. The last two nights though, I had dreams that were not the usual content. I had a somewhat disturbing but mostly delightful dream with Pierce Brosnan in it. And last night Patton Oswalt figured largely in a bizarre but mostly comedic dream. Hopefully, we're getting into some lighter dream material now. Whew! I knew I had a sense of humor in there somewhere! 
~Sarah~
"Row, row, row your boat gently down the stream..." 
And, now for some serial (cereal) images...well, just one actually.
tiny row boat and Fruit Loops pop art by etsyseller LookingatClouds

Wednesday, February 8, 2017

Honey, I'm Home!

"Holiness is our natural state - no exceptions...
much as we would like and love to exclude others 
who are simply beyond redemption. Not us. 
We think we are (for the most part) going to walk, or slide, 
in that door when the time comes. 
It's a journey that was over before it began. 
We're (already) Home, honey!!! 
Self-realization vs self-awareness."
~Sarah~
image source facebook - Beauty of A Course in Miracles (ACIM)

Tuesday, February 7, 2017

the scent of Love...

"True freedom is when
 all the stories, all the insights, all the realizations, 
concepts, beliefs and positions dissolve. 
What remains is what you are; 
a vast, conscious, luminous space simply resting in itself,
 not knowing a thing, at the point where all things are possible.”
~ Enza Vita
~)(~ 
roses - a scent of Love...
dried Louis Philippe rose petals - homegrown by me
 

Monday, February 6, 2017

you are the formless, timeless, unborn...

~ Nisargadatta Maharaj~
"The whole world is an ever-changing state. No form is permanent.
All you have to do is see the dream as a dream … 
you are the formless, timeless, unborn. 
I ask you to stop imagining that you were born, 
have parents, are a body, will die and so on."

Nisargadatta was born on 4/17/1897 in Bombay. After his father died, he moved to Bombay to support his family back home, following his elder brother. Initially he worked as a junior clerk at an office but quickly he opened a small goods store, mainly selling beedis – leaf-rolled cigarettes, and soon owned a string of eight retail shops. In 1924 he married, and they had three daughters and a son. 
 ~)(~
Nisargadatta supported himself, his wife and children by selling small goods and beedis. I'm not Nisargadatta, but I do love his teachings. I also (try to) support myself, using the skills I currently have. Quite honestly, I need to pay some large-ish bills very soon. Homeowner's insurance bill is a down payment of several hundred dollars - due Mar. 1st. Vehicle insurance is a payment of $100. due this month - 2/25/17. I need to get my car into a shop and see why it is smelling of sulphur all the time, and running poorly. New car brakes are needed, too. I would like to start holding small meditation meetings in my home once or twice a week, and to do that I need to do some work on the master bathroom pipes - either jetting them or replacing them. This will cost from $100. at the least to $1K to 2K. at the most. And there are the ongoing monthly bills for utilities, etc. I need to make many, many sales in my etsy store, and I am open to accepting paypal donations payable to paypal.me/SarahNolt  

Sunday, February 5, 2017

at ease...as you (already) were until you weren't

We may find ourselves asking: 
“Why am I here? What is life? Who am I?” 
Sooner or later any intelligent person asks these questions. 
What you are looking for is what you already are, not what you will become. 
What you already are is the answer and the source of the question. 
In this lies its power of transformation. 
It is a present actual fact. 
Looking to become something is completely conceptual, merely an idea. 
 The seeker will discover that he is what he seeks 
and that what he seeks is the source of the inquiry.
~ Jean Klein
Zafu in (upcycled) Red Floral Linen Fabric

Tuesday, January 31, 2017

real power and freedom...

"Never place the key to your happiness in someone else's pocket." ~quote

"When the heart is at peace, for and against are forgotten." ~Zhuang Zhou
 
"Real freedom is freedom in ones heart, 
irrespective of external conditions." 
~ N. Sri Ram 
 
"One of the most important things to learn in life is that no one took away our power, or gave us power. We are all powerful energetic beings, already. Personally, I now know that when I erroneously believed someone was taking or withholding energy from me - that thought in itself created a problem for me. Typically, especially when a child or younger person, I either shut down or acted out. Contracted in fear, or expanded with self-righteous indignation and/or even rage. Just knowing this really re-frames pretty much everything."
~Sarah 
~)(~
 
A new o.o.a.k. addition to my zafu store - 
Please share my etsy zafu store link with your friends and acquaintances! 
 
upcycled linen, light summer yellow floral, buckwheat hull zafu

handmade by etsyseller #zafuChi

Meditation Cushion. Floor Pillow. Zafu. 

Upcycled light yellow summer floral linen. 

Buckwheat Hull filled. 15"x5". 5"L. Velcro closure. 

Handmade, USA

 

Friday, January 27, 2017

the underlying ground of existence...

Contrast
"A few months ago, new people moved into the rental house that backs onto my lot. They brought with them two large dogs named Micah and Dexter. The dogs fought each other every time they were let into the back yard, and that was many times throughout the day and evening. Perhaps it was play to them, but from the other side of the fence it sounded just awful. People who came to the house commented about how fierce it sounded. Then there was the people noise. Almost every evening, anywhere from 10:00 P.M. to 2:00 A.M., they would burst into the back yard, and erupt into loud conversation with other people in person or on the phone. Every word could be heard and understood by all the neighbors in the surrounding houses, and not by choice. Talk about involuntary eavesdropping! I’m assuming that the privacy fence around the entire property gave the illusion of privacy, or maybe they just didn’t give a damn. One of the girls couldn’t speak a sentence that didn’t include “Oh! My God!”. Last weekend a moving truck was on site. My neighbors were quietly giving each other the thumbs up! Whew! Yay!
 
The point being made here is about “contrast”. Contrast is something I’ve been hearing about lately. Now that everything has become quiet again in the neighborhood, it took a few days to register that the noise is actually gone. Somehow, peace doesn’t seem to register as much as noise does. In a world of duality, the senses were created to experience by contrast. Peace and quiet, or rather the absence of noise or sound, is more noticeable, by contrast.
 
Of course, underneath all the contrast is the real deal, Eternal or everlasting, without beginning or end, Peace that cannot be touched by any noise or sound. It’s the ground upon which contrast takes place. It remains unaffected by anything that takes place on the stage of life. That’s the real Whew!"
Blessings, Sarah Nolt
Flax colored European Linen Zafu Meditation Cushion/Pillow. PinTuck Design.

Tuesday, January 24, 2017

reclaiming our spiritual nature - collectively...

"If women hadn't forsaken and forgotten their inner power (collectively speaking, this was a long time ago, but each one of us is doing it again by every choice we make and everything we believe) we wouldn't be trying to reclaim it now.

A journey into our own interior is really the one journey worth making. It means sitting down quietly, being willing to relinquish what is not true by allowing it to drop away like dead leaves, and then embracing without presumptuous expectation what arises...our true Spiritual nature."
~)(~
"Idol worship is anyone or anything we worship/love more
 than the Love that resides within our very own being."

~Sarah

Flower of Life Meditation Cushion Zafu by etsyseller ZafuChi

Monday, January 23, 2017

to dye for...

One thing I haven't done that much of throughout my life is fabric dyeing. One reason is that, it seems to me, working with any kind of dye is pretty messy. Tie dyeing is still on my to-do list, although pretty far down in order of importance or even interest. Maybe it's actually more of a wish (to-do) list. For some things I seem to need the motivation of a class, or devoted group of die-hards. (pun in 10 did). Over the weekend I took the plunge, and dyed a total of 6 zafu covers. I actually like the results so well, on these two in particular, that I may dye the fabric before hand. I threw in a few other things to dye, such as a pair of faded brown denim jeans, a dark green turtle neck top that had bleach spots on it, and a hand towel that got messy in the beginning so I was like "what the heck - toss that in too".

from blue and white, to brown and navy

from traditional pillow ticking fabric background



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last but not least - so complimentary of each other now

Sunday, January 22, 2017

p.s. your life is calling...

Years ago, a psychologist friend told me I had what she considered an "insufficient ego". I can see now that she had a good point. At the time, I had moved from the semi-cult and closed community with a very sheltered way of life that I grew up in to a picture with a considerably larger frame, and vastly different world view. It took a number of years to bring aspects of myself up to speed - (whatever that is anyway!). I had had a spiritual awakening in my late 20's while still in the community, but was seriously lacking in knowledge of how some aspects of 3D life worked. Especially in different frames of reference than I was familiar with up to that point. One example is that when I first started watching TV around age 30 (give or take a few) I was unaware that TV shows had hired actors and actresses. I thought these things were actually happening to those men, women and children.  And that the events in the movies had actually happened.

Now I can see that being shaken to the core of one's being, accepting the upheaval, allowing the bits and pieces and various parts to settle into a new way of life, allowing some parts to disappear forever, and seeing things in a completely new way is not necessarily comfortable, but maybe it's not altogether a bad thing in the bigger picture of life. Collectively, Americans (2017) may be experiencing such a makeover.
  
"We do not grow absolutely, chronologically. 
We grow sometimes in one dimension, 
and not in another; unevenly. We grow partially. We are relative. 
We are mature in one realm, childish in another. 
The past, present, and future mingle and pull us backward, 
forward, or fix us in the present. 
We are made up of layers, cells, constellations."
~ Anaïs Nin

And, because a girl (and her furkids) needs to eat and be able to pay her bills...
OOAK - made by etsyeller zafuchi - click here for availability

Zafu Meditation Cushion. Dorm Pillow. Round Floor Pillow. Repurposed Cotton fabric. Hibiscus in Pink. Buckwheat Hulls. 6"Sidewall Zipper. 15x5. USA made


Saturday, January 21, 2017

the complimentary nature of human hate and human love...

Many, many years ago I was visiting the home of two teenage girl friends. 
On a south-facing kitchen window sill was a tiny merry go round windmill 
encased in clear plastic or glass - shaped like a snow globe. It was all of 2-3 inches high. 
The blades on the windmill were black on one side and white on the other side. 
When it was spinning it went round and round like a merry go round. 
When the sun came out and shone on it, the windmill began moving. 
The hotter the sun the faster the windmill spun. On that day I became aware that black and white are not only opposites, but they depend upon each other.
 
Human love and human hate are two sides of the same (human) coin. 
They attract, and in fact, create each other. Yin and yang, black and white -
 these are what create movement in this world, for the most part.
 
Then there is spiritual Love, which is more like the sun - just shining down on black and white
 and all the shades of gray and all the other myriad light reflections.
~)(~
Paramhansa Yogananda:
"Let us all remember that no matter how we are divided by race, creed, color, class, and political prejudices, still, being the children of one God, we should first establish brotherhood and world unity in our souls."
www.GoYogananda.com
zafu by etsyseller #zafuchi

Friday, January 20, 2017

Self conscious vs self-conscious...

~Sri Nisargadatta Maharaj~

"It has nothing to do with effort. Just turn away, 
look between the thoughts, rather than at the thoughts. 
When you happen to walk in a crowd, you do not fight 
every man you meet, you just find your way between. 
When you fight, you invite a fight. 
But when you do not resist, you meet no resistance. 
When you refuse to play the game, you are out of it."
~) (~

And, self-promotion because a girl and her furkids gotta eat and pay bills:
click here to see zafuchi's bolster selection: 
Smoky - my ninja/protector
Lucky - a dear sweet friend

Thursday, January 19, 2017

purple, and all that pizzazz....


Siesta Key beach sunrise 

Photoshopped, of course! Sometimes my life feels a little too bland and peaceful.
A bit more pizzazz-please. The good kind. Thank you! And, pizza too.
 
purple corduroy zafu by etsyseller zafuchi

My zafus make nice dorm pillows, too. And gifts.