Knit, and Meditate, and Mindfulness

Just few days ago, I found this link hovering over my facebook news feed. Actually, I lied… it was more than few days ago, and it’s been there for a while. I was just not bothered until few days ago, and finally read it properly.

If you, just like me, can’t be bothered to read all articles popped in your way while doing your thing on the internet, I can save your time and tell you what that link was about. Basically it is about how baking for other people is actually good for our mental wellbeing.

Baking is good for your mental health. Especially when you are baking for people you care about…

Baking, just like knitting is actually good for our mental health because of its therapeutic effect. It is not only giving us a sense of achievement when finishing it the way we want it, it also keep us focus to the task, and keep us away from negative distractions. It is a kind of mindfulness training.

What is mindfulness? It is a new trendy buzzword. From what I understand it is basically meditation, but trying not to sound as serious as that. So, what they’re trying to say is that baking, or knitting gives the same kind of therapeutic effect just like meditating.

They just cannot say it like that, because it doesn’t sound scientific enough.

But this is my problem…

Imagine when you are meditating. People know you are meditating, and in the process you are healing yourself. NOBODY, would ever come to you and say: “Good morning… Do you want a cuppa?”

it definitely helps when people just leave you alone when you’re knitting… you make a proper progress when they do

Of course not.

But, why don’t they do the same when you are counting stitches? Why won’t they leave us alone when we were reading that bloody lace patterns (which row we were in again?)? I mean… we were practising mindfulness and in the process of healing ourselves too, weren’t we?

I think we knitters need to educate people of how knitting is related to mental wellbeing. By educating them, maybe… just maybe they will know why we go ballistic when they’re talking to us when we are in the middle of counting stitches….

x ❤ x

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12 thoughts on “Knit, and Meditate, and Mindfulness

  1. When I’m counting stitches for cross stitch and then my boyfriend asks me something I usually end up yelling at him to leave me alone. Of course once I have quickly finished the one little part of the stitches I stop and tell him why I yelled and apologize. He finds it funny every time😁❤️

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      • tonymarkp says:

        No, not really, because your husband will interrupt somehow, or the house phone will ring, or your mobile will ding with a work-related whatsapp or sms. As happens to me. In the ABCs of knitting (or crocheting) someone was clever and came up with “K” is for “killing” because every damn you have to count to yourself somebody disrupts the counting.

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    • hahaha… maybe we need to keep reminding people that we are actually holding a pair of sharp objects in our hands before we start counting…

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