Tuesday, July 03, 2007
Knitting as TM?
A Little Red Hen knitted (knit? knat?) this fetching baby hat in TWO DAYS!! What's more, this blindingly speedy knitting feat was only ONE of the things LRH accomplished in those two days (not to mention blogging about it!!). Ufda! LRH seems to be a force of nature.
In any case, she is definitely individuated in the Jungian sense--not much group-think there. She said she also was pondering a remark I made in a recent post here about...oh, what? older folks vis-a-vis media attention? something like that. I probably stepped on a bunch of toes when I opined that nobody seems to cares about old people as a group, any more than they care about any other folks as a group. Maybe it's because I've been excluded from full participation in the media for so long, thanks to being deaf, that everything really wonderful has come to me from individual people--and mostly one at a time, too--and so I think everyone experiences life like that.
I don't know what the media are up to these days, but it doesn't seem good. I miss Bill Moyers every week on PBS. There's little I want to watch or read. And I'm not alone....Jamie Lee Curtis had a great essay in today's Huffington Post on not watching television.
Anyway, I'm too slow to take in more than one thing at a time. I could no more knit a hat for a small head in two days than I could fly. In fact, if I were a betting person, I'd put my dough on flying. Well, I know people can levitate. I spent an afternoon trying to take a nap in a basement bedroom while a bunch of TM practitioners met in the living room overhead to practice their meditations, or whatever. I couldn't sleep for all the banging and crashing...WHAM! THUD! At supper I asked my host wot in hey they were doing up there...seemed pretty noisy for meditating. She laughed and said they were levitating. Right. I can tell you that they did really well getting off the floor, but they needed some practice on those landings!!
Speaking of meditating, I'm wondering if knitting is an ancient forerunner of transcendental meditation--you know, sitting down and focusing on a mantra (knit one, purl two...). The only difference I can see is that they tell you to close your eyes to meditate. However, LRH and her coterie of fellow accomplished knitters can probably do that, too: Knit with their eyes closed....