This post was inspired by a recent post by my friend, Melee
After a glass of hot lemon water in the morning, I usually pour myself a bowl of cereal. Kashi’s Heart to Heart is particularly good: crunchy and sweet, but not nearly so sweet that it buzzes your tongue. It tastes great with soy milk.
Lamplight and Libraries
The quietness of the library is inspiring for creativity, as well as the shelves that tower over me as I walk through the aisles. There are so many beautiful, polished thoughts in the library, immortalized in the books that hold them.
There is something about lamps that I love: it must be their gentle glow and the brightly comforting feeling they bring.
Full Leaf Tea
My latest favorite full leaf tea is “White Moonlight”. In between tapping the keys, I am taking sips of it. Never combined blogging and tea drinking before – it’s a different experience that I might try it again.
I’ve gone through many, many pretty (and some expensive) journals that were pretty but very uncomfortable: either they would not open fully or the lines were just wrong. I concluded that I should probably only journal online, but then was not happy. So I decided a new method, to just buy plain notebooks, write between the comfortably wide lines, and then shred the notebook when finished (to not build up clutter; I write often.) No worries about losing words; my favorite entries will be saved in digital format.
Painting is something I’ve stopped doing and started doing again all my life. And now I’m back to it once again, learning from a landscape book. I like the look and feel of painting dreamy landscapes. Not quite ready to share any of my paintings yet, but I’m getting there. And I just love the look of jars used for rinsing brushes. It must be all the paint splattered on the glass that makes it so playful and childlike.
Zafu and Zabuton
Two of the best things I’ve ever bought were my zafu and zabuton, a matching meditation set. The zafu is the round pillow stuffed with buckwheat laying on top of the flat, square zabuton. It was handmade by an artist on ebay. The set is excellent for sitting meditation or kneeling in prayer. I love to have a place to go to close my eyes and connect to something greater than my thinking mind, or even to the people I know (although I do enjoy conversation), with a candle lit in the silence and the birdsong.
What are some of your most loved things, old or new?