What does it mean to be mindful? As a fellow crafter and maker, you probably already know how to be mindful and practice this regularly with every project. Maybe you didn't realized you were doing it or what it was because it seems to happen naturally when we are making.
Quite simply, to be mindful is to be present. It's those moments where you are focused on where you are and what you are doing without being distracted and overwhelmed by other things. Does that sound familiar?
There are different ways to practice mindfulness, but we do it every time we pick up our hooks, needles, pens, brushes, drop spindles etc. Those repetitive movements and familiar processes allow us to take a step back from a chaotic world and focus on what we are making. Our crafts are a form of meditation or trance that can calm us, soothe us, ground us.
The Craft Yarn Council talks about the therapeutic benefits of knitting and crochet
with examples of multiple health benefits from smoking cessation to decreased anxiety. Here at Yarn Geek Boutique, we want to explore the concept of mindfulness while we are crafting and hopefully encourage all of you to take full advantage of the health benefits it provides. On Mondays, I'd like to provide us all with a prompt to think about or practice throughout the week as we craft. This week, I invite you to join me in using a simple affirmation while we craft; "I make amazing things." You can say this phrase to yourself, out loud, or write it down and look at it while you work. And if you have a moment, feel free to comment below about how this is working (or not working) for you, or what other things you do to be mindful while you are making.