Monday, March 23, 2015
Knitting as Meditation
What is a knitting meditation all about? It's about mindfulness. It's about being in the moment and quieting down your mind. It's about a level of focus that leads to a feeling of calmness and contentment. It quiets the voice of inner dialogue that distracts us from whatever we're doing. For many knitters it happens naturally. Think back to when you first learned to knit, when the formation of every stitch demanded your total concentration or later as you began to add more complex skills. Extraneous thoughts fall away because there just isn't any room for them. Meditation isn't about having an empty mind, it's a focused controlled mind. It takes practice to develop the skill to stop your thoughts from wandering, but it's well worth the effort according to the scientific research.