Of Nature and Handmade Items 1

Here is a little picture story of my Sunday. The weather was very mild and sunny. I went for a long walk through old rice fields. It was so still that I could hear the rustling of birds in the dry swamp grasses. Bare and bony trees framed the rice fields in the distance. An afternoon full moon, almost at its peak, was my steady companion. It felt good being out in the fresh air.

On this weekend’s walk there was a lot of blue – blue skies and blue waters. This morning the sunrise was exceptionally red. I noticed that I tend to respond to my nature impressions with something creative. When I spread out my materials in order to select fabrics for my next sewing project, immediately blue leaves (for trees and blue skies and waters) and contrasting white polka dots (for the full moon) on a red (for the sunrise) background jumped out at me. The result is this little cotton pouch.

The Lunar Tao: Meditations in Harmony with the Seasons

Some of you recently commented on my photos of January’s full moon. Could it be that you are as fond of and as mesmerized by the moon as I am? If following and celebrating the moon with the help of a lunar calendar full of festivals, stories, meditations, and exercises and learning about Taoist wisdom sounds intriguing to you, then I highly recommend this new Harper One book, The Lunar Tao: Meditations in Harmony with the Seasons which was just published on January 29, 2013.The Lunar Tao

The author of the book is no other than contemporary Taoist master, successful writer, and renowned fine artist, Deng Ming-Dao, who has previously published 8 other books, among them the hugely popular 365 Tao.  In The Lunar Tao: Meditations in Harmony with the Seasons you will also find some of andelieya’s photographs as part of the illustrations.

Here are some useful links to more information about the book, such as sample pages and reviews:

If this sounds interesting to you, remember that the new lunar year starts on February 10th!

 

Related links for more moon adoration: