Sunday, November 29, 2009

Good Karma- paying it forward

Ever feel like the vortex of negative thinking just drags you down? I've had those "friends" that you make in stressful situations where in the moment you connect from your shared terrible experiences (think grad school... ack). Although it feels strangely fantastic to "kvetch" about your lives with someone who truly understands, eventually this cycle just creates a sense of the negative. 

I had no idea how dysfunctional a few of my relationships were until I "broke" up with them. My life became more simple with less drama and stress. I wasn't spending time complaining about life/work/school/relationships anymore (ok, well as much!).

Small "good karma" practice makes me feel great. Like holding the door for people, paying for a lady's bag, getting a coffee for the homeless man outside of Tim's (whether or not they were actually begging for coffee money- at least they have something warm to drink).

This is why I like the idea of "Pay it Forward". Jen from Dark Purple Moon is hosting a fun crafty pay it forward which involves creating something and getting it in the mail. I love getting mail- which is another reason why this event is gonna rock. Although shipping things far and wide isn't the most environmentally friendly thing on the planet, the joy of receiving a care package is one of my favourite things. My mom used to send me Kraft Dinner and homemade chocolate chip cookies while I was in university in old shoe boxes. Awesome.

Here are the rules:
  • I will make a handmade gift for the first three people who comment on this post.
  • I technically have 365 days to do this (although because I'm type A, I'll probably get it done before xmas... lol)
  • What it will be and when it will arrive will be a total surprise (ok, I guess the second part I should have read before I wrote about my Type A-ness lol)
The catch for gift-receivers:
  • you must have a blog to participate
  • Before or after you comment here, you must do a write up of the pay it forward on your space and keep the "Good Karma" flowin' :)
 Notez Bien:

  • I am not a fantastic crafter... just so you're aware... 
  • I'll be trying to figure out some eco-friendly ways to ship my handmade goodies :)
  • Since I don't have the "email" option as a blogspot address I'll announce early next week who "won" this awesome pay it forward and ask them to email me.

Many Blessings!

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  1. Much as I would love to participate, I know I would never ever reciprocate but I did want to say that I completely agree with you about dysfunctional relationships. I was in a friendship for 15 years that dragged me down so much. Breaking it was the hardest thing I ever did, but it was worth it... even if I do have to remind myself of that sometimes...

  2. Hello, thanks for taking part in this - it such a lovely idea, I would love to know who got it started.

    I am refraining from asking to have my name added to your list, that would somewhat take away from it wouldnt it!

    Oh I forgot to say I am not an amazing crafter either and due to life commitements you will definatley be getting yours sometime in the 365 days!

    Normally you would get it sooner, but I have said I am not going to over commit myself!


  3. I would *love* to participate in this. I really enjoy reading your blog, for all the information that you share and the ideas that you inspire. I'm hopeful that participating in this will encourage me to be more active on my blog (which my SO set up more than 3 years ago, but has been horribly neglected). And what a wonderful opportunity to brighten someone's day with a handmade gift!


  4. Jen: You're very welcome! it's such a fun idea and fits so well with yoga :) I'm sure your craft is going to kick butt and I cannot wait to get it (although a whole year will certainly add to the surprise :) )!

    Rachel: sigh- yep those relationships are hard cuz with friends sometimes it's tricky to simply end things. I'm glad you found an ending to yours as well.

    Scout: YAY!! I'm pumped- send me an email at earthyogini{at}gmail{dot}com and we can coordinate! I tried to comment on your blog- but it won't let me as I don't have a wordpress account... but I'm glad your blogging again and participating!

  5. Ooh, ooh I'm not too late am I? I would LOVE to participate in this!!!


  6. sign me up! i love crafty things and maily things!

  7. Re: "Friends." Something so right-on about this is a "This American Life" radio episode called "Frenemies" (available on Complete genius and changed the way I viewed many relationships.

    Thanks for writing about this!




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