Crochet for Zen

It really helps me to relax. This pattern is called the Virus and it has many expanding circles. You can find it to crochet for yourself here. I found it a little difficult at first, but now it’s muscle-memory and easy. I find that the counting and repetitive motions really calm the nerves. It would…

Templestay Part Deux: Geumsunsa

Note: This is the sequel to a previous post. The pictures in this blog were not taken by me and are somewhat anachronistic. Enjoy them nonetheless. At 4:30AM, the monks woke us with the slapping of a bamboo clapper. It was dark. I’d slept like shit on the floor, where the underfloor heating made rivulets…

Empty Yourself: Geumsunsa Templestay Part One

I awoke on Friday morning to a vicious stomach virus. Eighteen trips to the bathroom later (seriously) I went to work. I struggled through the hours, sitting in a chair for all of my lessons and struggling to keep my students’ attention. I couldn’t eat a thing, nor keep down even water, for the whole…