(Joining Ginny for Yarn Along today)
I have the excellent problem right now that I am reading a lot of really good books. Awakening Shakti, by Sally Kempton, is a really fascinating look at the stories of the Hindu goddesses (which I know basically nothing about), and about tapping into those stories and those goddesses as archetypes of different aspects of our own selves and different energies. I looked it up after reading an excerpt from it in Yoga Journal, and I’m really enjoying it, but taking it slowly.
I recently read Proof of Heaven, which was pretty wild – a neurosurgeon who goes into a very severe coma for seven days and then makes a full recovery, and feels called to share his experience of life beyond this one. I found the description of his experience sort of disturbing, but the discussion of reality and consciousness, from a skeptic scientist, is very interesting.
I’m slowly, but with great pleasure, reading Difficult Children – There Is No Such Thing. This comes out of the Waldorf/anthroposophy tradition. It reminds me of Simplicity Parenting, but deeper. There’s no “how-to” here, just a lot of really thought-provoking, deep pondering about our culture and our children.
Ella and I are reading lots of woolly/sheepy books, including favorites like Charlie Needs a Cloak, and Farmer Brown Shears His Sheep. We’re moving into apple books and dragon books now, as fall is really upon us and Michaelmas is near. The Apple-Pip Princess is one of my all-time favorite children’s books, ever. If you’ve read it, I’m sure you know why I almost cry every time I read it – it’s a magical story of a princess who heals her kingdom by restoring the farmland. Cue me tearing up.
The little knitting project pictured is a vest for the baby-man. I used the Bulle pattern I’m making Ella as a starting point, but just cast off at the sleeve separation, and knit straight down instead of doing any shaping. I’m only a few stitches away from finishing it – just in time for the chilly winds that are starting.
Blessings on your week, friends. What are you reading and/or knitting?