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March 04, 2010


Thank you so much for the comments - LeeAnn, you're very kind to write. The sparkly OM is my work - it's intended to be the center of a banner for my yoga space. Though right now a very sore neck and shoulder is limiting the yoga. Healing is the most important thing we can do, though, on every level, and I'm thrilled to have given you a little peace. Thank you!

Thank you for your bravery and earnestness in your sharing. I stumbled upon your blog looking for something entirely different, the sparkly Om in this post caught my eye and I came away from it with a sense of pride in my sore muscles from yesterday's yoga, and a sense of awareness of my own waves and my own struggles, confident that I can be centered and solid as a rock and the waves can break over me. Thank you for offering me a little unexpected peace and inspiration!

Lately my demons have been working overtime and reading your post brought tears to my eyes. ACCKKK - how does balance disintegrate? How can it slip away before you even notice the leak in the proverbial dike? Thank you for your clarity, Elaine. and keep being brave.

that's what drives a good blog- an earnestness that comes from the heart- even at 3am in the morning.
now get some sleep!

Thank you Jenn -  Im glad it was coherent at 3 a.m. I went back to sleep and had some intense dreams, and now its a lovely spring day and the sun is streaming in. Have a wonderful day yourself!

this is such a beautiful post, and at 3am when everything is quiet, what else do we have but honesty about oursleves...

also being a life-long student of yoga (15 years now) and having taught yoga professionally, i was told once by a marvelous teacher that the best way to approach the mat (and life) is as a beginner. everyday at square one ready to learn and experiment. this advice has served me through thick and thin.

beautiful words and blog elaine!
thanks for the great link and hope your day is filled with wonder!

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10 Qualities of Slow Cloth, by Elaine Lipson

  • I defined Slow Cloth several years ago on this blog. Read the original post at http://lainie.typepad.com/redthread/2008/01/this-must-be-th-1.html. (Copyright Elaine Lipson 2007-2011; all rights reserved).
  • Joy
    Slow Cloth has the possibility of joy in the process. In other words, the journey matters as much as the destination.
  • Contemplation
    Slow Cloth offers the quality of meditation or contemplation in the process.
  • Skill
    Slow Cloth involves skill and has the possibility of mastery.
  • Diversity
    Slow Cloth acknowledges the rich diversity and multicultural history of textile art.
  • Teaching
    Slow Cloth honors its teachers and lineage even in its most contemporary expressions.
  • Materials
    Slow Cloth is thoughtful in its use of materials and respects their source.
  • Quality
    Slow Cloth artists, designers, crafters and artisans want to make things that last and are well-made.
  • Beauty
    It's in the eye of the beholder, yes, but it's in our nature to reach for beauty and create it where we can.
  • Community
    Slow Cloth supports community by sharing knowledge and respecting relationships.
  • Expression
    Slow Cloth is expressive of individuals and/or cultures. The human creative force is reflected and evident in the work.


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