How many of my followers practice meditation? I have often thought about giving it a try. But the more I think about it . . . the more I think, I already do practice it. I practice through my knitting, and crochet. So. I thought I would do just a little research and see what ‘the experts’ had to say on the matter.
I found three articles of particular interest.
February 25th, 2013
Please, take the time to read the stories in the comments following the article. Most of the stories told there moved me to tears. More than a few of the heartfelt and touching stories hit very close to home, considering the loss of my husband of 36 years last June, who lost his life to a very aggressive cancer only 2 1/2 weeks after we learned of it.
It has been a struggle for me. At first I lost my ‘faith’ in handiwork. My heart was just not in it. However, with a little encouragement, I have embraced my love of creativeness once again. I have come to realize that knitting and crochet are very useful tools in helping to cope with everyday life, not just my loss.
“Has crafting ever brought you out of a tough time? Often, the meditative and creative aspects of yarn crafts can be just what the doctor ordered when it comes to coping with grief, depression, or that funk you just haven’t been able to emerge from.”
The article goes on to speak of the book Crochet Saved My Life by Kathryn Vercillo.
‘Popular crochet blogger Kathryn Vercillo has authored an important book about the health benefits of crafting. Combining intense personal stories with researched information Crochet Saved My Life shows how crochet has helped people heal through a diverse array of conditions including depression, PTSD, schizophrenia, chronic pain conditions and more. Focused on, but not limited to, the craft of crochet this book really demonstrates how HANDMADE HEALS.’
July 24th, 2013
“I remember the first time that I tried formal meditation. I sat amidst a group of compassionate people with closed eyes who were letting go of all thoughts, focusing attention on their breath. I felt no compassion for myself as my monkey mind skittered about. I felt self-conscious about my constant twitching and resituating, certain I was irritating the peaceful beings around me. More than that, I simply didn’t enjoy the experience. My anxious mind raced into terrifyingly uncomfortable places. I left feeling that meditation is a great thing…for other people but not for me! Then I found crochet.”
Katheryn goes on to give some very useful tips on using crochet (and I will add, knitting) as a form of meditation. I am quite certain I would feel exactly as she did. I, too have an ‘anxious mind’!
And lastly, an article on knitting for health and meditation…
There’s something extremely satisfying about knitting. Knitters have not really decided if it’s the mindlessness that comes from knitting, the feel and texture of the yarn in their hands, the warmth of the wood needles or simply the shear pleasure in creating something from the heart. (Continue reading: Knitting for health and meditation on Examiner.com April 1, 2009)
It is not lost on me that I have not been blogging with the enthusiasm I once did. I contribute much of that on the loss of my husband. I guess, unconsciously, I did a lot of things because I wanted him to be proud of me??? “Here Honey, look at what I have done…”. And he was very proud of me. So, now…I have to find different reasons. Other motivations. I suppose. So. Don’t give up on me.
I weep as I write this, still feeling my loss very deeply. Mickey Joe passed on June 4, 2013. This month, on April 25th we would be celebrating our 37th wedding anniversary. May 17th will be the anniversary of learning he had terminal cancer. I miss him every second of every day. I am slowly getting back on track…with knitting and crochet as part of my therapy. I have my beautiful family, and friends, who embrace me. Getting fit as another form of mental wellness. Please, wish me luck! Please, leave your thoughts in the comments below. I need to hear from you!