I can't help it - my mind ALWAYS wanders - like Julia Roberts in Eat, Pray, Love - I find myself decorating imaginary rooms or making "to-do" lists when I should be emptying my thoughts.
But I do recognize the value of meditation and I know I could give it a proper try if only I had the right furniture...
You see, my niece likes to meditate AND she has the coolest chair ever to do it in (which is probably her secret - right?).
Her chair is made by a company called "Zen By Design" and these folks have really done a nice job. It's only fair that they be compensated for their superior construction except that I can't actually afford the $429 plus tax and shipping for a pasttime I'm not particularly good at.
|Their chairs are gorgeous!|
So when my other yoga-loving friend Barb suggested that we make our own by modifying old chairs, I was on board!
As previously mentioned, my discretionary bank balance is a bit anemic these days, so my goal was to make a meditation chair with as little cash out of pocket as possible.
Here's how it went:
I spent $5 for the ugly 1980's era dinette chair at a yard sale.
|This beauty had been outside a while so all foam and fabric had to go.|
I spent another $7 for cross dowels and hole plugs that it turned out I already had but of course couldn't find when I needed them. Then I hacked off the legs to shorten the chair and repositioned the seat to give the correct yoga tilt.
|I decided a separate cushion would slide me right onto my meditating butt so I set out to craft an upholstered seat instead.|
I cut out a huge butterfly shape from some scrap chipboard.
|Now my knees will have a place to be when I sit cross-legged.|
Then I glued together strips of scrap foam from my last bench project. The best part was using my new electric knife to cut the foam to fit the chipboard!
|Yes, I thoroughly washed the knife afterwards - in case you stop by for dinner sometime and see me carving roast beast.|
The bad part about using scrap foam is that the joints were easily visable through the seat fabric so I needed batting. I scouted around the house and happened on a quilt I'd made a few years back that had turned out to be too itchy to use - BINGO!
|I absolutely LOVE my upholstery stapler - it's may favorite tool ever!|
|It's mostly even...|
This was supposed to form the low back support...or in my case - sciatic support since I forgot to calculate the height of the seat cushion when I drilled the broom handle...sigh.
Finally, I placed my $12 chair facing the lake with the sunrise in view to my left...and discovered the secret to meditation...
|I tried facing the sunrise but it's blinding.|
...a furry friend.
|Huckleberry loves how easy it is to hop into my lap.|