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Giving Guide 2016

A Very Mindful Wishlist From Lady Krishna

Capitol Hill’s mystic rocker shares her wants for the season.

Natasha Shulman, more commonly known as “Lady Krishna,” wears many hats: A devoted yogi, visual and performance artist, style icon, and triple Scorpio, she performs in a glam-rock band called Cosmic Panties and leads a free weekly meditation class at 9 p.m. each Thursday at 8 Limbs Yoga on Capitol Hill. On December 30, she will hold a workshop called “Invoking the Goddess” from 7 to 9 p.m. at The Vajra on 10th Avenue (tickets available on a sliding scale at thevajra.com). Over turmeric lattes (“a drink for a goddess!”) at Oddfellows Cafe + Bar, the glamorous guru divulges her secret wishes for the holiday season.

Meditation practice for everybody My #1 wish is that everybody would contribute to the planet by meditating. If you had everybody on the planet meditating, really sitting still once or twice a day to reflect on themselves, a lot of the problems we’re seeing now would be more easily solved. Everyone thinks meditation is passive, but really it’s active. Meditation is an active form of love, because it induces self-love. If not meditation, then tai chi or a hatha yoga practice. Anything that will lead into sitting still for a little bit! I feel like lots of people miss the point about meditation. People sit down once, and think, “Oh, I didn’t become enlightened” (whatever that means). Everything is one step at a time, one positive action. You may not see these gigantic direct results, but meditation is like a butterfly. You don’t see [the effect of] those fluttering wings, but it’s profound. I’ve been painting butterflies for 25 years.

To finish the projects that I start I wish to have [my art show] “She Bleeds for Me: Menstruation/Menopause,” last shown at Fred Wildlife Refuge, shown at the Frye Art Museum, and I wish for my latest album, Cosmic Panties Live at Linda’s, just sent to [local music producer] Erik Blood to work his magic on, to be ready by January 2017!

A full set of beautiful antique encyclopedias I have part of a set of 1920s encyclopedias, with marbled edges. I love books with pictures!

A pair of over-the-knee lace-up Doc Martens I am totally into Doc Martens. I have been coveting a pair that came out a few years ago, called Agyness. I can’t seem to find them, but if someone can find them in a size 8 . . .

A gigantic bottle of Tobacco Oud by Tom Ford As far as personal items, I’d like the biggest bottle of Tom Ford’s Tobacco Oud. I love perfume. It’s invisible, but [like meditation], it’s like butterfly wings!

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