Our new years start to Stitches for Tibet started on an auspicious note with all the members who attended witnessing a magnificent double rainbow at home before we gathered at Nicole's house. These rainbows - a highly auspicious symbol to many people around the world, but particularly to Tibetans - appeared along with rain & a glorious golden apricot sunset. The first rainbow had two spectrums of colour. The one above it was strong & bold. The evening was a delightful sight to behold. In our street neighbours of young & old, came out to see this radiance, all smiling, all looking with a sense of peace over their face.
Because rainbows usually appear after a rainstorm, they symbolise the optimism after a difficult period. Rainbows are a symbol of hope, peace & joy. In our own very humble way, perhaps our little sewing group represents the rainbow - the optimism & the coming peace for Tibetans & all oppressed living beings, all over the world.
Our first Stitches gathering was fun, inspirational, warm & motivating. Ideas, suggestions & advice were passed around as we sat & chatted over organic chocolate, red wine, tea & lots of love.We even had a bit of a fabric parade.
At the gatherings, we all bring our own creative projects we are currently working on. Sometimes that might be in the form of an art, a craft, something inspirational, an article from a magazine, a book, a sketch pad or a bottle of nail polish to share.
This time I brought some fabric & heart shapes. I had watched this film, a short documentary on the life of a Tibetan refugee living at the Tibetan Children's Village. I noticed the walls of their bedrooms were very dull. I thought I would send over some colour & am in the process of creating just that. I will create little hearts filled with rice & lavender to hang above the children's beds & also some heart mobiles for the babies nurseries.
Here is another film created by a graduate student of the Tibetan Children's Village.
What we ultimately shared that night was love. & along with the hearts for the Tibetan Children's Village & the gold coin donations we collected that night, we celebrated our gratitude as mothers that our children sleep warmly, safely & peacefully. We hope the same for all women & children all over the planet.
Mrs. Sonam Dolkar, Principal
Tibetan Children's Villages School
Distt. Kangra - 176216 (H.P)India
or contact the Tibetan Children's Village, here.
Stitches of Tibet, here.
There are so many organisations that need assistance all over the world. Consider giving to these groups. Giving is the highest form of yoga.
࿄ ࿅ ࿄ ࿅ ࿄ ࿅
“With the mind harmonised by Yoga he sees the Self abiding in all beings and all beings in the Self; he sees the same everywhere”
~ Bhagavad Gita (VI. 29) ~