In this Podcast of The Gypsy, Seve Cardosi interviews author & artist Mirka Knaster on her journeys around the world driven by purpose. We explore stories about her travels to discover and experience Holistic Healing practices for her book “Discovering the Body’s Wisdom” to finding inspiration for her textile art. Mirka stated that because she took her adventures with a specific purpose and objective it took her to places she would otherwise have never encountered.
Her stories bring you to the heart of Asia. India and Japan emphasizing the hidden and subtle beauty of the world. “I’m quite intent on repurposing or up-cycling—using fabric scraps someone else has let go of, collecting design samples that would otherwise be discarded in a landfill, picking up old kimonos and obis at Japanese flea markets. I’d like to see myself working exclusively with such items, but I fall in love with textiles everywhere I travel and wind up bringing them home. I find it difficult to resist the luscious textures, designs, and colors.”
If your interests include Art, Travel, Spirituality, Textiles, Eastern Philosophy, I recommend visiting Mirka Knaster website http://www.mirkaknaster.com
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In an attractive, oversized format, enlivened with illustrations, sidebar quotes, personal accounts, techniques to try, and profiles of leaders in the field, Discovering the Body’s Wisdom is a basic resource for well-being and natural health.
Body disciplines and therapies have enjoyed phenomenal growth in the past decade, becoming a major alternative to mainstream medicine and traditional psychotherapy. But with more than 100,000 practitioners and dozens of methods available in the United States alone, how can consumers choose the right one for themselves?
Beginning in the 1960s, many young Western seekers in India met and studied with Buddhist meditation master Anagarika Munindra (1915 – 2003). At that time, they had no idea he would become a grandfather of the vipassana/mindfulness movement that spread from Asia to the West. Although an unassuming teacher who considered himself a “spiritual friend” rather than a guru, Munindra became a powerful messenger of Dharma for the last forty years of his life. Wanting to honor his life and legacy, Mirka Knaster wrote Living This Life Fully: Stories and Teachings of Munindra, in collaboration with Robert Pryor. She interviewed some 200 people around the world, including such prominent teachers and writers as Joseph Goldstein, Sharon Salzberg, Ram Dass, Jack Kornfield, Daniel Goleman, and a host of others. In sharing this venerable teacher with all of us, they describe Munindra as a combination of authority, kindness, and depth, having“no props. He was not into any rituals and he went beyond any kind of structure. That meant you could practice anywhere. You didn’t have to be in front of an altar. You didn’t have to wear special clothes. . . Here was someone who said the most important thing was awareness, mindfulness.” Knaster gives us a portrait of this revered master who was a teacher’s teacher.