December has brought SoCal some glorious and much needed rain. Everything feels washed clean. May it continue, to shift the drought conditions.
Whether already celebrating or still preparing, how are your holidays going? I wanted to pass along some inspiring book titles that I recently read.
"The Art of Stillness- Adventures of Going Nowhere" by Pico Iyer is a lovely petite book about discoveries made when doing nothing. Iyer writes, "Stillness is not just an indulgence for those with enough resources - is is a necessity for anyone who wishes to gather less visible resources." Watch Iyer speak on this TED Talk. In "The Last Best Cure:My Quest to Awaken the Healing Parts of My Brain and Get Back My Body, My Joy, and My Life" Donna Jackson Nakazawa, having suffered for years with chronic illness, relates her healing journey using meditation, yoga and acupuncture in a very down to earth way. She brings in the science behind each of those modalities and why they work to bring benefit. It was fascinating reading and a book I can recommend not only to you, but to my yoga students.
I will have some holiday projects to post, but they will have to wait until after Christmas!
Postscript: I know the word "cure" is a loaded one. However, it is what Donna Nakazawa chose to describe her healing process. Others may have used a different word.
I don't know about you, but here projects are being put aside (somewhat reluctantly) for holiday prep. Not much left to do for gifts... but there will be baking and other assorted projects preparing for family's arrival. Looking to have fun with this and forget the stress...
Shot from 2013... my plants have only just set blossoms this year!
Looking for gift making ideas? Today I came across Linda Matthews blog post with a list of free creative sewing ideas. You might find an interesting project there for yourself. Enjoy!
And, I have a furry visitor keeping me company this week, while my folks travel north. Meet Scooter...