Making time for meditative mindfulness with craft…

Everyone is busy, almost everyone is stressed and many of us suffer with anxiety
(not everyone I know, but definitely more than there should be!).

I have written about the health benefits before and it’s no secret that craft is celebrated for it’s meditative powers.

If your day-to-day life is hectic and complicated; you’re not going to help matters by getting involved in making something too complicated…
but there are many projects and techniques which create lovely things for you, your family and friends or for your home.

Try to focus on the soothing nature of creativity, pompom making (so popular at the moment); finger knitting; macramé; embroidery; crochet & weaving plus so much more…

Once you’ve gained the techniques (you will be surprised how quickly you can get to grips with what appeared so complicated before you started) and found a project from the many avenues available, magazines, books, Pinterest, YouTube etc, etc., you may just start to realise the benefits available to you.

A long journey on public transport to your place of work can be tedious and no matter how many times you look at your watch, you cannot alter the time of your arrival.
I often see folk looking at their phone and frantically tutting and looking out the window…getting more and more anxious and stressed.
Unlike driving however, you don’t actually have to concentrate on the journey (other than checking you’ve not gone past your destination).

Crocheting is a great activity on a train or bus (as long as you get a seat), you don’t have a sharp needle, which would be the case with sewing, you don’t need to move your arms very  much at all, no elbows out as with knitting.
It’s my chosen activity anyway, and if you want to listen to music or a story or podcast whilst crocheting that’s good too.

But if crafting on your journey is impossible, then what about a craft club at your place of work? Or a knit & natter get together?

Well, that’s what was started today at my place of work.

The idea had been bandied about for some time and this week a few like-minded folk just decided to do it.
We booked a small room for the lunch-period, added the information to an office news bulletin and then stuck a Knit & Natter sign on the door…that really was it.
I collated a few crafty bits and bobs. magazines and wool etc and we were off!
Others brought along their projects.

There were 6 of us, one making pompoms and showing another, 3 - Copy (2)
and a beginners lesson in crochet went on with two keen learners!

The table was quickly scattered with crafty bits and bobs, tea and chocs!

I did a little crochet, took a couple of photos and made a wool tassel. The hour just flew by and will soon be repeated….

Thanks for reading, back next week
Love Rosie

About rosiesartsandcrafts

An avid arty crafty kind of person, I can never leave anything as it was intended, as you will come to see as I post my arty and crafty blogs which follow a self-imposed challenge to create something everyweek and blog about whatever I've done. I hope my work will inspire your own creations but please note that the text, pictures and artwork are ©rosiesartsandcrafts unless otherwise noted; all rights reserved. The content of this blog may not be copied or used without permission. Projects and layouts may not be copied for submission to contests, magazines, or other publications in any form. For questions or comments please email rosiemiddleton2@gmail.com
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