#practicepausing

Creating space for Quiet

creating space for contemplation and stillness

Creating a space for quiet and contemplation. What will encourage you to pause and just sit? Making a space could created with one cushion or several, you may want cushions to be all the same color or a variety for a work-place wellness room, studio, retreat center or a home studio. Make pausing a priority.

Catspaw Studio practice

Ready to start the new year Lunar New Year – Year of the Pig

Year of the Pig - Celebrating the new year at Catspaw Studio

Taking my time to start the new year.

This year, I’ve used January to regroup, paint, de-clutter and simply take my space back! And looking forward to the Year of the Earth Pig – the pig is luck, wealth, honesty and prosperity.  Have a good year and trust that you know.

color quote by emerson

What is the color that helps you sit down and pause?

 

What is your favorite color? What will make you sit and pause? 

A lot of money is spent every year figuring out what will be the popular, trending colors for the year. For example, the color choices for cars, clothing and paint.

abstract orange color meditation cushionCatspaw Studio is a boutique that loves to find unique fabric. Fabric that inspires.

What’s the best color for you? The color that inspires you to sit and pause. If you pick one of your favorite colors for a meditation cushion you may  be more inclined to use it.  Of course there are no guarantees – you still have to decide to sit and pause 😉

The tradition for meditation cushions, floor pillows, yoga props or a zafu, has been austere, dark, solid colors such as black and purple, or some combination that follows a particular lineage. But you may want to choose a color that is grounding and calming for you.  Here is a brief list of the effect various colors. The list is  from the home page of Color Psychology, which offers a detailed look at the psychological meaning and impact of color.

(The Psychology and Meaning of Colors)

A list of colors that may encourage you to sit and pause

coal meditation cushion by catspaw cushionsYellow stimulates joy and uplifts the mind.

Orange stirs up energy and boosts confidence.

Red excites the passions and helps overcome depression.

Violet calms the emotions and deflects irritability.

Blue soothes the spirit and induces harmony.

Green balances, heals, and relaxes.

Black inspires both introspection and discipline.

Brown encourages security and stability.

One thing to remember is that determining the right color for your cushion, goes beyond matching the colors in your home.  Remember, the purpose for a cushion is to support your body and to be able to sit and pause.

There is power in the pause.

(The list above is from the article What Color is your Zafu? by  Elizabeth Marglin)

encouraging you on your journey

catspaw cushionsEncouraging you on your journey.  Learning to pause is the the key to sitting with your truth. Create your space with things
that inspire and support.  Cushions, original art and a journal to write your thoughts.

I Can See Clearly

Who can’t remember the song I Can See Clearly Now?  Written by Johnny Nash in 1972. Recorded by many times including Jimmy Cliff in 1993.

As we continue exploring being clear or getting clarity this song seems to speak to our day challenges.  Part of being clear is knowing what and where the obstacles are.

At Catspaw we believe in the power of yoga and meditation to help get the “dark clouds” out of the way so we can see clearly. I would also encourage you to revisit this song and maybe play it when you come to your yoga mat or cushion. Just reading the lyrics will give you pause to move toward clearness even if it is just for a moment.

 

I can see clearly now, the rain is gone,
I can see all obstacles in my way
Gone are the dark clouds that had me blind
It’s gonna be a bright (bright), bright (bright)
Sun-Shiny day.
I think I can make it now, the pain is gone
All of the bad feelings have disappeared
Here is the rainbow I’ve been praying’ for
It’s gonna be a bright (bright), bright (bright)
Sun-Shiny day.
Look all around, there’s nothing’ but blue skies
Look straight ahead, nothing’ but blue skiesI can see clearly now, the rain is gone,
I can see all obstacles in my way
Gone are the dark clouds that had me blind
It’s gonna be a bright (bright), bright (bright)
Sun-Shiny day.
Johnny Nash 1972

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