As the seasons change from autumn to winter the leaves fall from the trees making their way to the earth's floor. The bare trees prepare for a long slumber to recharge during the winter months; to rest and renew for the coming spring.
As the snow begins to fall all is quiet. One might say, it's peaceful. Standing outside in the dark of the night, arms stretched out wide, head raised to the sky allowing oneself to be showered by the snowfall.
Slowly, one flake falls from the sky, meandering from way above, drifting on it's own path until finally it lands. One flake alone is beauty, simple, quiet yet it's the powerful act of what happens when all the individual snowflakes collectively work together. Each in their own right unique yet it's a different experience that brought the snowflakes together to blanket the earth.
Knitting and snow. Just as each individual snowflake collects to make something bigger, the knit stitch is like a snowflake... we link each stitch together to create something beautiful. It starts with one, then we add another, plus one more until finally we have a hat, mittens, cowl, sweater, socks, etc. And really, it is our knitted product that we've made to keep us warm and protect us; just like the accumulated snow that protects and provides warmth to the earth during it's winter slumber.
Snow and peace. One tiny, unique snowflake makes a difference. That peaceful snowflake gathers with other individual snowflakes to create something rather powerful.
And so is the collective power of all of us; our own experiences in life bringing us together now working to enhance peace in our own lives yet the cumulative effect of all of us working together to create change. Never doubt the power of one, just like the snowflake; it's the collection of the individuals that make up the total that creates an impact.
Peace seed #9.
Precipitation… quenches the thirst for our planet. At times, that moisture appears with some foul weather… most often wind, cold or heat. That precipitation, so vital to our survival, yet often prompts negative chatter “it’s too cold, too hot, winter’s wicked, summer’s oppressive, etc.” We are once again presented with an opportunity to practice removing ourselves from the spiral of negativity… today, decide that the weather is what it is, it is not within our control to change the weather, and to find the beauty instead of the ugly.
Today's seed is simple. Pour yourself your favorite beverage, sit down in your favorite place and listen to some music. And now imagine yourself as that peaceful snowflake, drifting slowly with purpose yet without a rush.
Here's a YouTube link to Snow by George Winston. Here’s another YouTube link to Peace by George Winston. He’s probably my all-time favorite musician. If you have access to Spotify, Amazon Prime or Pandora (free) listen to the collection called December by George Winston. It's a treat. If by some chance, the links don’t work for you, google December by George Winston to access the music.
Winner of the give-away. Wow, with over 140 comments between the blog and the individual ones sent to me, there were a lot of wonderful suggestions. I’d highly encourage everyone to read through the comments as there were some amazing suggestions. There will be several other give-aways, at least 3 and each one is delightful and very special to me.
The winner of the Moeke yarn is Nancy. She left this comment:
To bring more peace into my day, I take walks. Walking under a canopy of tall trees is like walking into a magnificent cathedral. The sunlight through the branches, the songs of the birds, and the brush of the wind help me to live in the moment, peacefully.
Nancy, please email me (thehealthyknitter at gmail dot com) so I can make arrangements for you to receive your prize.