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Lions Roar : September 2018
knot in such a way that something useful is created, be it a hat, sweater, blanket, or toy. With the space created and inten- tion set, I remain open to what comes. And what comes is constantly chang- ing—stitch by stitch, row by row. In the dharma of knitting, there is no past, no present, no future, only change. 2. Concentrate on the Activity The stitches start to flow as easy as breath. A rhythm is created. Insert nee- dle, loop yarn, pull through. Insert nee- dle, loop yarn, pull through. Loop after loop, knot after knot: fabric is created. Sometimes my mind stays with the action and sometimes my mind wanders. As with any activity, I can approach knit- ting with careful attention or with care- lessness. The practice is to come back to the action—insert needle, loop yarn, pull through; breathe in, breathe out—with- out holding on to the promise of the fin- ished object. With an easy stitch pattern, like garter or stockinette, my mind is more prone to wandering. Lace knitting, however, requires that I really pay atten- tion to the complicated stitch pattern if it’s to look harmonious and purposeful in the end. Both paths—Zen and knit- ting—offer opportunities for noticing the mind and returning to the action. 3. Allow the Ten Thousand Things to Come Forward When my mind quiets and my attention is on my hands, needles, and yarn, the world opens. Soft sound of needles click- ing. Smooth feel of wool. Color, texture, light. Perhaps a birdsong, or music, or conversation. All things feel present and connected. There is no thinking of out- come. This is the feeling of wholeheart- edness. This is the feeling of worthwhile activity. There is no me, no other. There is just an open meeting place where all things come together. 4. Let Go of Expectations Often when a sense of expansiveness arrives, I make a mistake and come back “unexpectedly centering.” @simply_sitting /simplysittinggear simplysitting.com f ind true center the ultra lightweight meditation seat that breaks down and reassembles in one swift, magnetic motion for easy portability patented pedestal design promotes perfect posture, balance, and breathing the evolution of the meditation bench handcrafted and curved for comfort “groundbreaking.” “a total game changer.” LION’S ROAR | SEPTEMBER 2018 16