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Announcing Dates for the 2010 Mindful Knitting Retreat in Vermont:
Thursday March 11 to Sunday, March 14th, 2010

Once again, The Highland Lodge will be closing its doors to the public to transform into the Mindful Knitting Retreat Northeast.

Please join us for oh so much fun!!   For full details, visit the Mindful Knitting Retreat Page on the Tara Handknitting Website.

To make a reservation right now, because you are so excited and can’t be bothered looking at some web page, contact The Highland Lodge in Greensboro, Vermont via telephone(802-533-2647) or Email info@highlandlodge.com

Space is VERY LIMITED – please register EARLY!  See you in Vermont!

Wow, this year’s Mindful Knitting Retreat in Vermont’s North East Kingdom was WONDERFUL. The biggest yet – we filled every bed in The Highland Lodge. What a blast.  One of our participants –  Atomic Knits – did a much better job blogging than I ever could – check out Atomic Knits post here.

And – as a refresher, or intro, I thought I’d pop this up here today.

In this less than five minute video, The Sakyong, Mipham Rinpoche, the head of the Shambhala Buddhist Lineage, teaches us the basics Mindfulness Meditation.  Have a look.  Perhaps consider watching this as you get started on your ten minutes of meditation a day (just like brushing your teeth – right Eric?!)

Enjoy – Happy Spring, Cheerful Knitting, Peaceful Meditations. – Tara

Your Brain on Knitting - Cast On with Brenda Dayne

Your Brain on Knitting - Cast On with Brenda Dayne

So, the hot water cozy download is not going as smoothly as expected. While you are waiting for the master knitter to try to figure out problems in HTML code (ie – big mess), you can listen to Brenda Dayne interview me on the current episode of CAST ON (http://www.cast-on.com/)

As I have told friends and family – if you are still wondering what it is that I do, listen to this. But it’s not just about me (just sayin’). This episode wraps up Brenda’s brilliantly themed series on ALCHEMY and we discuss what Mindful Knitting is, who I am, and why being present in the current moment is so much fun and so damn hard!! This show talks about the brain, creativity, sympathetic and parasympathetic brain reactions and magically makes it relevant to knitting. Bless Brenda’s amazing magic.

Have a listen, Let me know what you think.

Love and Kisses -Tara

A quote from Trungpa Rinpoche, through the Ocean of Dharma Quotes listserve.

Yeshe Tsogyal

“Feminine inspiration projects a world which it can regard as workable and friendly since it is its own creation…..An aspect of feminine inspiration is regarding what you have created as sacred. You have created Buddhism, Christianity, Sufism — it is your production. Since it is fully yours, respect it, work with it. These teachings did not come from somewhere else; your own openness gave birth to them.  Moreover, you gave birth to pleasure and pain. You built Paris, London, New York City. You produced the president of the United States. These things are the product of feminine inspiration.”

From “Femininity,” in THE COLLECTED WORKS OF CHOGYAM TRUNGPA, Volume Six, page 564.

About Yeshe Tsogyal (wikipedia)
“From the mouth of a lotus was born
The swift goddess, heroic liberator
Who went forth in human form
Amid the snowy mountains of Tibet.”

Among lay Tibetans she is seen as a Buddha who takes the form of an ordinary woman so as to be accessible to the average person, “who, for the time being, do not see her Vajravarahi form as a fully perfected deity.” In fact,

She displays whatever emanation form will tame
Any given [person], just as, for example, the full moon in the sky
Emerges as [various] reflections in different water vessels.


It’s been raining all week here in Boulder, very unusual, and totally welcome.  I love it.  My husband thinks I’m a freak – I think I should visit Seattle.  It’s the perfect weather for snuggling in – and knitting – and remembering that you need to be good to yourself.  I certainly need to remember that.  This very day, in fact – with my kids all in fits, yelling at each other, me with deadlines and appointments . . .  right now I am listening to a playlist I created called “Breathe” and am doing my best to do just that while listening to the rain.

So please “Heart” yourself, and breathe a bit – and read my Mindful Knitting column at knittycom! As ever, I love your feedback.  Enjoy just being, and make some apple pie – my most awesome recipie is on the next page (Click the link or the tab in the blog page header).

Love, Tara

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