#howslowcanyoubow Today I revisited my alternative challenge and fashioned a new spindle and tested the set first 😀once I knew the set was good I embarked on the speed challenge … well the how slow can I bow challenge. You don’t need to go hell for leather . Slow down.
With good pressure and a steady pace an ember was coaxed in just over 1 minute on the first attempt. slowing down allows more awareness and to spot any issues which may need addressing.
I feel that It also allows me to more enjoy coaxing the ember out of the wood and to be more connected with the whole experience.
Do you dare take on this speed challenge!
Blessings on the ancestral fire 🔥🙏
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#howslowcanyoubow it is a really interesting exercise! Try it! Slow everything down. Technique becomes important. Any imperfection will be exaggerated. Spindles will fly more. You may need to apply more pressure. At first my challenge was about how slow can I go and still get an ember. After 20mins or so I didn’t get an ember- even when I sped up. I realised the set wasn’t good but then I realised that this practice is not just about getting an ember. It’s almost like a meditation.
Slow everything down - bring all awareness to the Bowing- bring all awareness to the set.
In our modern world it’s all about how fast but how about how slow for a change 😀
When you slow down it’s easier to be more aware and to connect. How is your technique, how is your pressure - adjust as needed.
Also check in on your emotions and how you feel that an ember isn’t coming - do you want to speed up, do you think it’s stupid, are you frustrated!