I have been taking tai chi/qigong classes for a little over a year now. I practice this for health and relaxation. The focus is on breath, balance, and alignment, both physically and metaphorically--or spiritually. It has become popular these days to speak of "mindfulness"--and that's what this kind of tai chi is.
So this weekend I went to a workshop focused on meditation and sitting qigong. A lot of it was way out there for me (observe the "microcosmic orbit"!), but it was interesting to think about and gave me a starting place for meditation.
I have found that I really like "moving meditation"--which can be done through tai chi. It is a wonderful way to clear my head. I don't know the whole 24 form yet, but that is not essential to being able to breathe and move and focus thought. I know I sound like a wacky old lady new ager, but seriously, I have found this practice has been resoundingly beneficial to my physical and mental state.
Happily, I found a little time to knit this weekend. I know this barely resembles a sweater, but I am plodding ever onward in faith that it will block out much better than the mess it looks now. Some weeks pass and I don't even touch it, so my poor summer sweater will have to wait to be worn until next summer. Grief! I have no idea how I will ever get through the pick up and knit part with this lace weight yarn. Alas. One step at at time, right?
Today, before I went off to the workshop, and before we secured all the outdoor blow-away-ables in case of high winds, I made a tiramisu. It is so easy to make!
The lady fingers come in these huge packs and the tiramisu only takes 6 of them, so this is my second one and there could be two more in the near future. Hopefully, I will get some help in eating it!
We're bracing for wind here and falling down trees.