This what-might-look-like-a rag pile is actually my hoard of earthly, material treasures. (No pun intended.) Things I would grab if leaving home in a hurry. On that little couch, and the shelves that surround it, I find remnants of work from the last ten or so years. Natural dyed fabric experiments, hand-dyed indigo shibori pieces, pieces of slow cloth that I labored over so intensely, eco print fabrics, pieces of silk hand dyed and ecoprinted, needle felted wool, etc. And this is where I go, these mornings of late, when I begin the prayer flag of the day.
This morning I was contemplating the importance of stepping into stillness. Especially as a tool to handle the maelstorm of current events. Contemplating stillness and casually examining pieces of cloth. What surfaced was a felted wool stork. Felted wool and pieces of linen indigo dyed shibori. Surfaced and coalesced with little effort on my part.
Curious about stork’s symbolism in light of the intent of these prayer flags, I googled stork. My take-away:
If we allow it to it can instill a sense of calm in us…. It reminds us to be careful with our words and attitudes, remaining calm, cool, and collected in the face of adversity. When we do this, we can be at peace.
Instill. In still. OK. Into stillness.