Meditation/Being Mindful: Knit, Crochet, Painting etc.
by Wendy, Retirement Enthusiast
Found on Facebook & just HAD to add this!
‘Medknitation’ aims to get the overstimulated to turn off their phones and achieve flow by stitching; ‘just try to find your rhythm’... says the Wall Street Journal.
I was pretty surprised and yet it makes perfect sense. Any hobby that is the "no brainer" type... allows your brain to drift off, to dream, to heal itself with simple thoughts.
Google had groups of employees spend time learning to knit. they were asked to shut down their cell phones and knit for 20 minutes. It wasn't about perfect knitting either, it was more about getting away from the distractions of our too busy world to allow the mind to meditate on doing these small stitches until it became brainless -- then drifting away.
The MOST DIFFICULT part of meditation is Staying Still. Quietness, Stillness, then slowing down the hectic brain so it functions at it's best later. It is NOT Easy!
However, as I read this article, I realized how much crocheting would help me here. I only crocheted once in my life, first married, and my new mother-in-law taught me. I made an afghan with small squares bordered in black, so the borders made it look more cohesive since I used way too many colors for the rest of the blocks!
Just a thought for the rest of you -- looking to calm your mind, consider a new hobby where you can dabble without much thought.
Source: Wall Street Journal: In Mindful Knitting, Its about the Journey, Not the Scarf
Note: You can Google the article title, you'll find it on their site, but need to subscribe or login to read it. Too often articles are renamed, removed or deleted from site and the links are broken on my site... thus, no link, no break.
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