On Sunday I decided that I would spend the entire day engaged in a hand sewing project (without interuption). Of course I was interupted (several times), but only for a moment or two and then I could get right back into my sewing. It was so wonderfully relaxing. I felt peaceful and happy. It engaged my body, but my mind could just relax. What bliss.
My husband took care of all the meals and the clean up was just left for me to take care of the next day (at my request). This freed me up to sew all day long and into the evening. And the best part is that it inspired two of my daughters to begin sewing projects themselves.
The repetitive motion of the needle going into the fabric is a form of moving meditation for me — in, then through, and back again. You could use this as a chant as you work. And then there was the use of the body without the intellectual mind chatter. A lovely way to still the mind, without even trying. Meditation on its own has always been challenging for me. I focus so much on trying to still the mind that I am almost “trying too hard” and it doesn’t usually work well for me. But when I use repetitive motion, especially something I truly enjoy, like sewing, then it removes this obstacle for me. Now, I didn’t achieve pure nirvana, but I did experience moments of quiet, peaceful, bliss. And it is moments like these that truly nourish my spirit.
completed autumn gnome. i purchased the kit from here.