November 21, 2003

Return to the Saga

What am I doing up at 6:15?, I ask myself. And the answer is, who cares?! I felt like getting up, I'm more energized and I have lots to do. It's just too bad that we can't stash sleep like Spindrift and pull it out when we really need it!

I feel great empathy towards the Gray One as he rushes around the house trying to get his last-minute things together before dashing off to work. But today is Friday, pizza night and the eve of a weekend and he will survive.

The yarn-eating Dusk has devoured my limited supply of Rosewood, and now I must wait for more before I can continue. Karen instructed me to pick up Saga Rose, and based on Peter's very wise advice, I will knit on it at least 30 minutes per knitting session before wandering off to something else. I managed to get through a whole repeat on the sleeve.

I think the worst part about returning to a project after a period of denying it attention is the fear that it will take some time to a) find all the yarn you thought you left very organized, b) untangle the yarn you thought you left neat and c) figure out where you are in the decreases and/or pattern-- even if I documented where I was, I am always suspicious of myself, and need to double and triple-check before proceeding. But except for a small amount of untangling, none of these were problems, and Saga started singing once again.

With all this time to knit (except for the 8 hours a day I've been putting into building the website!) and not being as stressed as I usually was, things are different. Knitting in the past was my way of unwinding from the stress of the workday. I was tired and knitting was soothing. But now it is harder, actually, to focus on knitting because my mind is more active and my body more energetic-- it seems like I am wasting time by not channeling that energy into something requiring it. So I find myself looking around for something challenging to knit. And aha! I find the Hanne Falkenberg Beret kit that Angela so generously gave me at the last soiree. But by the time I find it, I'm tired and so I spend the rest of the evening winding the balls of yarn by hand, watching the story of the Sphinx on the Discovery Channel, and listening to Papa's newest war stories-- oh! and learning about the self-mummified Tibetan monk.

Good Friday to all!

Posted by Sheila at November 21, 2003 07:08 AM | TrackBack
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Friday is pizza night for us, too! We have a pizza and watch old British comedies on PBS. I will actually decline Friday night invitations because I enjoy this ritual so much. :-)

Do I want to know about the self-mummified monk? Er, that's suicide, innit?

Posted by: Beth S. on November 21, 2003 12:58 PM

uh, I usually enjoy my pizza immensely, but last night they messed it up-- put the raw, raw, raw garlic on *my* side, yeow! And lots of it!

Apparently about 5000 years ago there was a big famine/drought in Tibet. The monks, practicing Tantric meditation, ate very very little for months, while meditating. They used belts to keep them in position, winding them around their neck and the backs of their knees so that they could concentrate on meditation and remain in meditative position. Because they had basically starved themselves to death, the "stuff" in the human body that normally causes it to decay didn't exist, or at least not in sufficient quantities. As they meditated, they looked towards the fields that were unproductive, and when they became too weak, their knees fell aside, essentially strangling them with the belt. So the monk was mummified in meditative position, and all these monks were seen in the hills for hundreds of years until the Chinese started destroying them at some point long ago. But this one survived because it was inside the Tibet line, and was recently discovered. The Tibetans built a little house around him and he is a shrine now.

Interesting, eh?

Posted by: sheila on November 22, 2003 09:16 AM

You know, Hon. There are White Pages full of people who would dispute you on my sagacity & wisdom. I'm pleased tho, that you are seeing some result in SagaRose. Such a lovely design to wear this winter.

Posted by: peter on November 24, 2003 02:29 PM

Sheila - I find that fascinating! I saw a mummified monk when I was in Thailand and am trying to find out more on them. I have heard that they no longer allow that particular type of meditative practice in Thailand, Japan and I think Korea since it draws attention to the monk himself, albeit in death, instead of to the practice.

I was told that National Geographic did a documentary on them but I am unable to find it. Do you keo more??? Thanks!!!

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