“Each of us in our own way can try to spread compassion into people’s hearts. Western civilizations these days place great importance on filling the human “brain” with knowledge, but no one seems to care about filling the human “heart” with compassion. This is what the real role of religion is.”
Filling the human heart with compassion. What does this mean to you?
Maybe it’s just me, but sometimes I feel like I have too much going on to even focus on the condition of my heart. Don’t you? Between being a full time mom, artist, buisiness owner, wife, writer, craft teacher, and everything else, who has the time, right?
Well, there is always time. You must take the time to check the condition of your heart. You must take time to check your intentions and your desires. There is ALWAYS time. Try to take a few minutes just on your own, just to clear your mind, just to focus on you and your soul. Every day. Think about it. You don’t have to pray, or believe in prayer, or god or anything. If you do, that’s great. But focus. Just on you. On your soul. Cleanse your thoughts. Every day. Forgive, every day. Even if you have to forgive the same person over and over and over again.
Try. Every day. A preacher at a church that I grew up in said that prayer is like lifting weights. At first, it kinda sucks. And it’s annoying, and you don’t feel like you’re doing it right. But you keep on. Every day. You don’t have to believe in god. Just take 5 minutes to cleanse your mind and your soul.
On another note, my crafty endeavor for today, was a cool workshop that I taught, in midtown manhattan. We made some crocheted jewelry.
Here’s a few pics, before I post a simple pattern.
A desk shot, because I ALWAYS bring too much stuff.
This is Lexis and Vera. Can you believe that they are BOTH sagitarians, like me? Crazy! I never meet my fellow sun sign, much less two of them! And PS, both of them had boyfriends with the same sign. Even more spooky…woah.
Lexis. She’s REALLY trying to get the single crochet stitch. Keep trying, Lexis! You’ll do it!
This is Maria. She knows her shiaat. For reals yo.
Okay, so what we did, was we made a very funky crocheted bead garland. This is so fun, and SO easy! So fun.
Use any random skein of worsted weight yarn. I used amazing yarn for mine, Maria is using a nameless cotton yarn, because I forgot who made it. Sorry. I bought it about 2 years ago.
We also used some shimmering embroidery thread, by DMC Threads. I used pink, Maria used blue.
Here’s a better shot of what we made:
So, this is super duper easy. Here’s a pattern, for what we made today. Note that there is no end really, because you just keep going until it’s as long as you want. You can actually connect it, and make a super long necklace, or you can make this for special occasion, like for Xmas or something.
So, you can either use Lion Brand’s Amazing Yarns, or a skein of Cotton Classic by Tahki Yarns, together with shimmering embroidery thread by DMC Yarns.
Here it is:
Row 1-8 SC in second ch from hook
Row 2-2 SC in each around (16)
Row 3&4-SC all around
Row 5-SC Dec. in each around (8)
Row 6-do it again, to make 4 sc.
Row 7-once more for the road, to leave 2 sc, then do a sc in the last two
repeat, repeat, repeat!
It’s that easy.
What do you think? You like it?