Mindful knitting is a practice that incorporates both knitting and meditation into one using the natural rhythm of the breath and the movement of the needles to create a work of art.
I invite you to cultivate awareness in your knitting. Perhaps you are working through a challenging project or perhaps you are working through a difficult challenge in your own life. You can use the gift of knitting and the power of your own mind and breath to find answers and find peace, all while weaving a beautiful piece of fabric reflecting your journey.
Knitting is a wonderful way to bring attention to the present moment. The repetitive movement, perhaps the sound of the needles, connects us to the heart center and this attention allows the breath to move deeply in a relaxed manner. The heart center is known in Sanskrit as the Anahata Chakra which is the center of love, compassion, empathy and forgiveness. Knitting and holding your hands near this chakra allows you to unlock these qualities in your own life.
There is no wrong way to knit, there is only the way it has been taught to you, the way you create, which is unique to you. In the same way there is no wrong way to be mindful, only the way that feels right in your body. On this page I have provided some tips for mindful knitting that I use in my practice:
1. Knitting Journal: Before and after your knitting practice, take a moment to completely empty your thoughts. Allow your mind to flow onto paper so your mind is not busy while knitting. Reflect on the experiences in your life and also with your project. Allow yourself to release any tension through journaling which may create even more space to solve the issue you are working through.
2. Mindful Preparation: Before beginning to knit, place your work in your lap and relax your shoulders and jaw. Release any tension you may be holding in your body. Taking this moment before your hands begin motion, may help to calm a busy mind and allow for more mindfulness.
3. Bring Your Thoughts Back and Smile: Mindful knitting is a daily practice. Every time you pick up your needles, complete a row, and even knit one stitch, is an opportunity to bring yourself to the present moment. Explore the movement through your heart and as your mind shifts, smile to yourself and simply bring it back.
Knitting mindfully offers an opportunity to explore the relationship with yourself, your focus and your attention to details. I hope these tips allow you to deepen your passion for mindful knitting. Please contact me for more information on Mindful Knitting workshops and to share your experience with the practice.
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