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Capturing Heartwarming Moments

So there I was at the end of the week, tired and in a noisy restaurant with noisy strangers, loud music with several sporting events on various large flat screen televisions and far too many people on their phones chatting away when my dear acquaintance insisted we leave to meet a friend of his who was sure to be instrumental with helping me jumpstart a project.  To be quite frank, packing myself up to go to yet another stop was the last thing on my mind.  I needed downtime, quiet.  All I wanted to do was go home and watch the latest televison episode of NBC’s Dateline show.  You see, I’m typically “on” for work at my day job as a public relations professional with clients and as a professor with my students and fellow faculty members,  so the last thing on my mind was to be “on” for meeting someone new at this late time of evening.  Uggh.

Before I knew it, in the middle of my “NO!” mindset, my friend was on his cell phone talking to the person about dropping by.  As he laughed and made arrangements for our forthcoming visit, I sulked and just calculated how long and agonizing this would all be.  Yes, I wanted possible assistance but it was late; I wanted to go home, to reflect and process my week’s journey.  I wanted to just settle down and watch Dateline…but, uggh, plans were now set for introductions at Mr. B’s home.

Resolving a lost, I put my game face on and graciously went to me someone new.

As we drove into the neighborhood of Mr. B, I was amazed at the shift of energy…all was so quiet, serene, indicative of my innate nature.  Hhmm…I, too, was beginning to shift.

From the moment his door opened engulfing us with soft music and the warm greeting of our host, opening his welcoming arms, I melted into the spirit of my new headspace for the evening.  I offered a hug which seemed to naturally beacon more so than the traditional handshake.

I melted into the spirit of my new headspace for the evening.

Our host was truly gracious with an infectious smile and jolly, open nature.  Settling into a comfy sofa, I gently eased into what I love best:  great conversation, flowing dialogue and moments to be treasured and savored.  Seems we were from the same childhood neighborhood, thus, we journeyed back in time to those folks of common, the remember when this-and-that happened and exploration of who’s now where and doing what.  To top the evening off, I ventured off into the world of my host’s yearbook which truly extracted memories and reflective moments of oh, my gosh and look at so-and-so back then and more grand remembrances from years-gone-by.

I noticed my host heartily laughing at the connections and the joys of yesteryear.  Before I knew it, time had soared by and it was time to bid farewell.  I could not help but extend another hug, a parting jester to thank him for easing my heart and soul for the evening.  And, to think, I wanted to hang out with an episode of Dateline when there was this very real, heartwarming, authentic connection and nurturing evening chat.

Ahh, another gem of moments to treasure….and when I least expected.

Definitely another treasured conversation gem topic for the next crochet gathering.

Living Room Brown Pillows

Here, a relaxing scene taken from the set of my travelling talk forum,

The Living Room Experience(R):  Where Meaningful Chats Change Lives

It’s all about the conversation and meaningful moments.

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The Sacredness of Circles

 

There is something so powerful about the energy of circles.  My fiber artwork contains a core of circles which seem to draw people in to study, observe, slowly meander through the course of the work.  I consider my artwork to be a visual labyrinth, a mind-spa for nurturing and transforming your spirit.  The intention of the art is to help you tap into that an innate power you have always known.

There is a sacredness about circles.  They imbue authenticity, completion, wholeness, wisdom, infinity, cycles, perfection, unity

Circles II AE

When crocheting where I am fine-tuned on circles, they tend to “talk” and guide my design.  I eagerly embark upon the journey, not quite understanding where the guides shall take me or where or even when I should end the piece.  I let the yarn speak.  I allow my needle and yarn to transcend my being into a sacred realm and when I emerge…ahh, divine crocheted beauty is birthed.

“Circles”

2015 Copyrighted (C)  Alicia Evans  All Rights Reserved.

Featured are the latest addition to my fiber arts collection:

Sacredness 42015

“Sacred”

2015 Copyrighted (C) Alicia Evans

All Rights Reserved.

So, tell me, what do circles mean for you?  I welcome your sharing.

What’s Your Vibrational Tone: Fine-Tuning Your Law of Attraction While Crocheting

As I gathered around my family of yarn to craft out my next conversation, my next topic for community reflection, I seemed to be drawn to explore the nature of frequency and vibration.  As I weaved and manipulated my needle this way and that, I queried the meaning of successfully riding the wave of the law of attraction.

While not a master of quantum physics, I have a surface understanding of how like attracts like or that adage, birds of a feather flock together.  Over the past days I have mindfully witnessed how such is certainly true and do invite you to observe the nature of such.  Tis quite amazing especially when you observe years of patterns.

I think the key to understanding the Law is to be aware of the power of intention and vibration.  At the core of everything, like the theory of everything we are all energy…vibrating energy.  Everything in this existence has a vibrationally frequency and it is so good to see the enhanced studies on vibrational medicine, using sound, for physical healing.

When we set forth our intention to be mindful of our thoughts, keeping them in a positive realm, we impact the core of our vibrational tone.  It is always a work in progress but once we begin to actively shift our behavior and then actively observe what shows up in our life…ahh, therein lies the magic and power of the law of attraction.

As I delved into this pattern of thinking this week, I found myself more relaxed, at ease.  I inventoried my circle of social and business associates.  Determined to clean house.  Such prompted my vibrations to calmness…and then a burst of creativity to complete development of my FIBER ARTS TREE GALLERY.  This is a travelling gallery paying tribute to trees via my yarn version of trees.  Too, I also developed a complimentary workshop focused on using the artwork to enhance one’s mindfulness.  I am feeing on a roll; inspired to get this project launched.

It’s all about your vibrations

So…what have you attracted into your life this week?

 

It’s National Crochet Month – Yes!

It’s National Crochet Month prompting another reason for me to buy more yarn.  Well, actually, I’m always looking for a reason to purchase yarn.

This special month is sponsored by the:

Crochet Guild of America (CGOA)

Crocheters unite to thank CGOA for sponsoring this month.

Ahh, yet another topic to chat about while strolling the aisle of Michael’s Arts & Craft store.

What an Honor to be Honored

Despite a major snow storm here in New York, a crowd came out to celebrate me in the opening of Women of a New Tribe exhibit.  Here are photos from this wonderful affair.

Alicia Evans

Professor / Fiber Artist

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Color Version of the artwork I am photographed with entitled, Fall

Tribute wall of honorees

Guests of the affair

Loving the honor.

Now…back to work!  More yarn projects to go.  Have my crochet needle in hand, reflections and more chats to share.

Women’s History Month has commenced with a bang!

~ Alicia ~

How One Stupid Tweet Messed Up a Life! – Why Yarn, Chat & Possibilities Is So Needed

I ran across a New York Times article which is so relevant to the need for conversation.  When people dialogue, mindfully look one another eye to eye,  there is a connectedness which is so important to the human spirit.  In our ever expanding digital age, we sometimes become lost in developing a relationship with a device.  Now, mind you, I am a professor of social media but there must be balance.

When you become mindful in dialogue, mindful in your connect with another, it supports the growth of oneself.  Our inner relationships have opportunity to thrive.  In sessions where we gather, like those of crochet or knitting circles, opportunities avail to more deeply delve into focused, meaningful conversation.  It enables an internal empowerment and clarity of direction.

Here is one amazing story made for a chat, one which serves as an poignant lesson to inspire us to become far more in tuned with how we should be aligning our forward focus.  The power of yarn and conversation is a major force for positively shifting our life.

Tell me what you think of  this story from the New York Times entitled,

“How One Stupid Tweet Blew Up Justine Sacco’s Life”

Source / Link:    http://www.nytimes.com/2015/02/15/magazine/how-one-stupid-tweet-ruined-justine-saccos-life.html?_r=0

Healing The World With Yarn

YARN MATTERS!

See How Yarn Contributes to Being Alive, Our Well-Being & Happiness

I am so thrilled to share a marvelous video I came across sharing fascinating and life saving benefits of engaging with one’s needle.  The video, Changing Global Health One Stitch at a Time, provided by the Craft Yarn Council offers excellent insight in a marvelously produced work, with great music, research and testimony.  You’ll hear how crochet and knitting has works to transform lives.  You’ll amazingly discover:

  • How the repetitive motion crochet and knitting contributes to deepening our relationship with our minds
  • How it contributes to a heightened meditative state for addressing problems and finding solutions
  • The awesome social benefits of gathering in circles
  • The proven studies showing how it reduces stress, blood pressure levels, depression and eases chronic pains
  • It’s positive impact on children, teens, the elderly, the chronically ill and others

The video shares so much more, too.  Working with yarn to create, helps to free our minds and place us in a zone that’s therapeutic and nurtures our hearts, mind and soul.

The Power of Crochet & Knitting Circles

 In our technology driven age where we are so engaged with computers, our smartphones and other tech gadgets, it takes away from our humanness.  We are drawn from what it means to be alive. We must mindfully balance our interaction with such so as to nurture the core of who we are.  Socially, gathering in with others, in circles of common ground, enriches our spirits.  And, that’s why I love being an impetus of the call to gather, like that of those of the elders who innately knew how the energy of healing works especially while in circle, connecting with others.

Yarn Matters

I absolutely love the way the power of needlework is described in the video by Carrie Barron, MD, a psychiatrist and psychoanalyst at Columbia College of Physicians and Surgeons.  She says:

“If we deaden our senses, if we do not engage in activities that brings our senses to the surface, there is an insidious type of collapse within…and we loose the best part of being alive…of being human…Yarn Matters!”

Yarn definitely matters in my life.  It helps to bring people together to create, connect and chat at an authentic levels, to share and thrive. When we connect through mindful dialogue, focused conversation…ahh the possibilities are limitless.

 

Do enjoy and share the news with those in your circle today:

Changing Global Health One Stitch at a Time

http://www.craftyarncouncil.com/health

 

It truly is all about Yarn, Chat & Possibilities!

 Yarn Beige Circle

I can’t wait to hear your thoughts.  What do you think?

~ Alicia ~

Image Source:  http://candobooksaustralia.blogspot.com/2012/12/knitting-in-circles-getting-somewhere.html