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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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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

Café for Yarn, Dialogue & Possibilities

The launch of this blog coincides with my more serious search of a venue for hosting life enriching conversations.  Dialogue is so important these days.  That eye-to-eye, heart-to-heart connect cultivates the mind, body and spirit.

For weeks I’d been driving by a location which seemed perfect for hosting “chats” and I promised myself to drop by for an inside look, scope the place out, you know, intuit the energy as a possible setting for gatherings.

I reCage 2cently had a chance to drop by and fell in love as soon as I entered.  I was pleasantly surprised with the absolutely wonderful rustic décor which engenders a feel of authenticity, a down-to-earth, welcome-home air.

Upon chatting with the owner about the possibility of hosting chats within her venue, we discovered we were in alignment.  She loved the idea of partnering to host conversations in her cafe.  Details are in the works.  I am so excited about the possibilities.

Cafe 3

Under the auspices of yarn, open to all, the purpose of these dialogues is to provide a warm and welcoming setting to kick-back, connect and converse on topics which empower and enrich the spirit.  The conversations are designed to allow exploration of new paradigms for journeying our life paths, personally and collectively.  We shall delve into role of purpose, the value of stillness, the meaning of allowing and letting go, creating space, embracing change, and  examining possibilities and how to get there with ease and grace.  We’ll look at ways to innately shift and how to truly flow during these interesting times.  Participants will be encouraged to bring their yarn and needle to crochet and knit while we dialogue or folks can simply attend, as is, to converse and connect with other like-minds.

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Cafe 1

I’ve already claimed this sun-drenched corner as my own for crocheting, creating and expanding possibilities.  

This lovely cafe is on Long Island in New York.

More details to come.   Stay Tuned. . .

I welcome your thoughts.

~ Alicia ~

Director of Yarn

2015 Ready, Set, Go!

Yarn All Colors

The world of possibilities is soaring.  I ought to know having just worked out manifesting a fancy title of “Director of Yarn”.  Yes, I’ve created and now in the planning stage to spearhead a marvelous crochet and knitting circle partnering the world of academics with community to create items for neonatal babies.  I’ve thought about that title for well over a year, said it aloud, teased about it with friends, talked about its possibility and wouldn’t yah know it…here it goes.   We’ll be yarning and chatting and creating all kinds of possibilities.

Stay tuned!