Last night I finished the Art
of Living basic course. To oversimplify the course, it
teaches you powerful (in Brandy vernacular: completely kick ass)
breathing techniques and a whole lot more. Check out the
site for more information. Our teacher, Tanuja, asked
us to all bring a gift to Tuesday's last class. Monday night I started
sketching an idea for a pillow on the train. Got home and refined
the design.Then thought that I should make three of the gift - one
to share with a classmate, one for Tanuja, and one for me to remember
the experience. I started cutting felt and sewing pieces together.
I added the "breath dots" before I went to bed. Woke up and added
the sequins and sewed and stuffed the pillows. I wrapped two and
headed to class.
We exchanged gifts and I peeked at who got my gift - Mina looked
puzzled by it. After class, I gave the box to Tanuja. When she opened
it she asked, "What is it?" I thought she was asking what it was
made of, so I said, "felt." But Mina came up and asked too. Then
I realized that both couldn't tell what it was, what was on it.
I was so caught up in making them, that it totally threw me off.
I sort of answered them briefly. I suppose pulling a strange little
pillow out of a box was odd - and then to figure out what green
and blue felt and white dots were making?
I designed it to be a body in a circle with the breath going through
the body and surrounding the body. First, I picked green for the
body because it was bright and non-race-specific, but then pairing
it with the bright blue made the body look like land against water
on the Earth. The body was put on a circle/oval to represent wholeness
and the surrounding environment. The breath is represented with
white dots that looped through the lungs, limbs and head. I added
sequins to the corners just for pizzazz.
I hope that if Mina and Tanuja didn't see the shapes as images that
they'll look again and think "aha!"