Imagine being free of all concerns.
Imagine not feeling overwhelmed, anxious or distracted.
Imagine feeling at rest while awake.
It may sound like a dream available only to the very young, but the fact is that everyone of us has the power to make this a reality.
It's achieved with a highly enjoyable habit called Mindfulness or Mindful Meditation.
Mindfulness is the non-judgemental awareness of our mind, our body and our world - in the moment.
It means we let go of the past and not race ahead into the future. It enables us to look, kindly and with acceptance, at the present.
It gives us the gift of quiet time.
Mindfulness requires 3 attributes: Intention, Attention & Attitude.
Perhaps that is why knitting is the
perfect path to Mindful Meditation.
As knitters, we enjoy using all three:
We begin with Intention: To Create
We pay Attention: To hands, patterns & materials
We develop Attitude: Acceptance
When accompanied by a steady in/out flow of breath, we achieve a serenity that is mindful in the moment. Measurement of time drops away and the knitter is free to simply be one with the process.
Knitting, like meditation, takes practice. The more you do it, the better it gets!
Here's a brief example of the process:
Create a comfortable sitting place for your Mindful Knitting Practice.
Give yourself time to sit and relax.
Pick up your yarn and your needles.
Focus on the beauty of the fiber and smoothness of the needles.
Take a deep breath in and exhale a few times,
If beginning your project, take time to slowly cast on stitches,
Let the yarn wrap around the shiny needles.
Focus on breathing, or a word, as you relax into the repetitive action.
As you begin to knit, and observe the rhythm of the moment,
feel the calm as the polished needles loop the yarn round and round.
As your hands and the materials work in harmony,
notice your body relax into the repetitive action.
When repeated multiple times,
Time falls away and tranquility ensues.