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Friday, June 1, 2012

the june giveaway and a prayer flag

i promised to share where the more intuitive approach/participation in needlework is now taking me . . .

i've been considering making a prayer flag for some time now and recently there was one of those 'perfect storm' of events and it's just what i needed to catapult me forward. i think i've waited for so long because i knew that it could very well turn into a full out project and not just an experiment. i was right.  
i've done various searches for both prayer and prayer flags over the past couple of years. i've read and re-read information, pondered my time and energy restraints, and done a lot of thinking about it . . . recently it was brought up by a friend during a conversation without provocation from me, which felt like yet another little tug. i've seen the subjects pop up as articles in various magazines and briefly discussed within both books and blogs: more tugs.
once again i was back to the 'lots of thinking' stage . . .
do i have enough time and energy for this? exactly what will it involve? will my own spiritual beliefs (which are not the mainstream) 'fit' into the spirit (no pun originally intended) of the project? what is prayer exactly? am i any good at it?
and most importantly, how can i possibly turn all of this confusion into a gentle physical symbol of love? 

this is some of what i discovered while i researched prayer flags:

this is some of what i discovered while i researched prayer:

this is some of what i personally discovered as i created my first prayer flag:
  • i must be mindful of every single thought, action and personal perception of devine guidance as i move forward (aka: an intuitive approach/participation)
  • i am beginning and continuing a dialogue of (mostly) silent prayers which become unexpected blessings within my own life as i create as well as within the life of others as they receive and use what i have created.
  • the prayer flag itself is a process not a product. it is very personal, very beautiful, and is entitled to my respect regardless of where or how it may end up.
  • my understanding and empathy are greatly deepened as i work/stitch/pray
  • my own personal sense of faith is enhanced tremendously throughout the process.
  • the prayer of serenity is a perfect addition to any prayer flag  that i may make.

the list goes on but you get the idea: it was a continual series of "aha moments" for me.
there will be more prayer flags as the guiding powers within my life make me aware of the need(s) and i'm willing to bet that every prayer flag i make will add more discoveries.
this process has already become a welcome part of my life that i want to expand upon and yes, i'm now completely committed to my very own prayer flag project.
a journey that i am anticipating with a happy heart.

i'm interested in your thoughts and experiences in regards to prayer flags if you would like to share them with me.
if you would like to investigate more in regards to this subject you might also be interested in the prayer flag project blog as a starting point.

i once again met my own personal goals within a challenge framework. so i'm doing a quick dance of joy as well as celebrating by offering three of my photo note cards (of my choice) as well as a few extra surprise goodies. if you are interested in winning, please leave a comment on this post telling me what you think my theme/challenge for may was. 
i think this last month was a huge challenge for myself as i didn't take a single floral shot and i think it's going to be a tougher challenge for all of you who are participating. it will be interesting to see your guesses but you don't have to get it right, you just have to take a guess within your comment. if you happen to have an idea for a future theme, feel free to share that as well.
i'll draw a name/winner on june 8th.

btw: i don't know whether you all missed those flowers or not but it was absolutely painful for me not to be shooting and sharing them with you. i'm looking forward to getting back to them~!!~


the cards were made by a company called snapfish. i'm not being paid by them but i happen to think they're pretty nice cards.

recent gifts include:
  • the discovery of a birds nest within my favorite tree (the one that grows tiny crab apples that the robins like to eat during the fall and winter). this tree grows right by my front door and the nest is inhabited by . . . yep, you guessed it. robins~!
  • being able to observe the parent birds as they built the nest and continue to faithfully lay and guard the eggs
  • the dappling of light near the pond as it falls through the aspen's whispering leaves
  • time spent reworking the area around the pond
  • seeing the fish become friendlier as the season progresses


  1. What an interesting post. I love your prayer flag and what the serenity prayer works for almost all things we face in life.
    I really enjoyed reading about the different types of prayer -
    The only thing I know about them is that there are a lot of them at base camp on Mt. Everest, and I have a great interest in Everest Climbing.
    I think your photos had to do with being "open" or "opening"?

  2. I loved reading this post; thank you for inviting me over, I needed some serenity myself today!

  3. I did miss the flowers - but the ones in my yard have been keeping me entertained too. I love your prayer flag and the info you posted. Having a friend who climbed part of Everest and another who is Buddhist I loved also seeing your prayer flag. Thank you for sharing something so special.
    Was the May theme to do something from your 'list' of things you've been thinking about? Taking the leap and doing one?

    Thanks for the tips on the cards.

  4. So nice to see all your pretty work.Was it you that wanted Me to post My Great Grannies quilt from 1930?Well I did. You'd have to scroll down a bit. Always a pleasure visiting you.Denise

  5. Thank you for this post. I have never heard of a prayer flag before and I love the concept and NEED this badly right now. I will be starting my own prayer flag soon.

    I think the May theme is 'strength'?

  6. I really enjoyed this month's photos. What I noticed were the textures.
    I've never heard of prayer flags. You've given me a lot to think about. I have a feeling if I made one it would help me slow down and that would be a good thing. I can think of a half dozen reasons to make a prayer flag... just thought of a few more...
    Thanks for this post.

  7. Came over from Spirit Cloth to enjoy your blog and your projects. This is a very interesting post...I've been reflecting on the meditative possibilities in stitching and you give a good summary of information on prayer/meditation/prayer flags. I think the large piece I'm working on is not only a reflection of meditation but is a giant pray flag. Also enjoyed your TAST experiments--what a great project!
    best from Tunisia,

  8. it's a very interesting idea. thanks for sharing the url of the prayer flag project.


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