Into the Stillness: prayer flag #9

2 Feb

img_4189This 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 abbestreallyout 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.

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8 Responses to “Into the Stillness: prayer flag #9”

  1. Mo Crow February 2, 2017 at 12:50 pm #

    feeling so much pain for our beautiful planet, seeking beauty and peace in the stillness

    • Patricia February 2, 2017 at 1:07 pm #

      i’m with you Mo.

      • Mo Crow February 2, 2017 at 3:03 pm #

        your prayer flags shine with deep spirit, “soul on deck” shine on beautiful lady!

        • Patricia February 2, 2017 at 3:14 pm #

          let’s say “souls on deck.” i’ve never seen so much activism–not since the 60’s and although the “target” alarms me to no end, i’m so happy people are engaging. and so sorry for the Aussie’s treatment by potus.

  2. sue February 2, 2017 at 2:18 pm #

    these are all wonderful – how do you do them in just one day?

    • Patricia February 2, 2017 at 3:12 pm #

      Hi Sue. I guess I didn’t make things clear! The focal points of these last two–stork and diversity–were pieces that had previously been relegated to works in progress, except I never quite got back to them until now. So actually I have about a dozen that I will probably use! And as you probably surmised, there’s no way I could have done them in a day. Now I’m just adding them to fabric and stitching them together. This part goes relatively fast–about 2 hours! Thanks for the question.

  3. journeyhouse February 2, 2017 at 2:46 pm #

    Sitting and watching a few snow flurries falling and anticipating the stillness after the snow. At least for a while quiet and peace. As an aside, my pile looks much like yours. Buries treasure.

    • Patricia February 2, 2017 at 3:15 pm #

      there’s really nothing quite like that particular muffled stillness, after a snow event. unfortunately we’ve had another weird winter and very little snow. a dusting the other day and believe it or not, school was cancelled. really.

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