Does your knitting feel like meditation to you too?
I know that in my life, I need my knitting. When I knit, I feel the nervousness release out of my hands and into the garment that I’m creating. It’s healing. The energy dissipates back into the Earth, and what happens later is something created with my hands from the chaos that I didn’t know I was feeling. It’s important to have a practice like this. I know that most knitters feel the calm that is created from slowing down and focusing on a project. There have been studies of the mental health benefits of knitting. It’s not new. Sometimes, I feel like if I didn’t have my knitting, I’d be even more lost than ever.
Knitting can be a contemplative practice. Your brain is incredibly active while we knit. Most of us listen to something while working on our projects, whether its a podcast or an audio book. It’s one of those practices that allow our brains to do multiple tasks. Knit- and imagine. For me, this has been incredibly healing. I’ve been able to turn my knitting into “Brandie Cheer Time”. Sometimes, we need the podcasts or audio books, but sometimes it’s healing to knit and give yourself a pep talk. Here are some things I’ve found useful when knitting with a propose.
Knit in Silence
Okay, so this one is easy for me. I am an introvert and NEED some alone quiet time. However, this can be harder than just turning off the TV after the kids have gone to bed. When it’s quiet around you, you’re really able to hear your thoughts. This is the time to tune into what is bothering you, or what is making your heart sing. When I started doing this, I was hearing my negative self talk. If you could hear some of the things my brain was repeating to itself— you’d probably want to give me a hug. (At least, that’s what I wanted to do with myself) I don’t think these things about other people, why is it okay for me to say these things about myself? Well, that’s a long and complicated story. But when you’re listening to your inner dialogue- you can turn to yourself with gentleness and remind yourself that like the project you’re working on that you’re also a work in progress, and with each new row you’re growing into your true self.
Practice Loving Kindness
If you’re really struggling with yourself right now- its okay. Sometimes its hard to stop the negative voice. Sometimes it’s really hard. When you sit down to knit, with the same care and concern you use for your project, I want you to reflect that energy back onto yourself. Whatever love you need, think of that love, and give it to yourself. If all you can do is just knit. Do that. This doesn’t have to be hard. Sometimes the best things we can do for ourselves is say, I’m out of love today, I need to refresh it with my knitting.
Knitting with a Mantra
Sometimes when the day was really long, and I’ve found myself in a negativity spiral, I like to knit while repeating a positive affirmation. I know that it might feel silly to sit and think. “I am worthy of love, I am worthy of love” over and over again, but it does help. It allows you to remove yourself from the negativity. I always end up feeing lighter and more capable. It’s like giving yourself a pep talk. You don’t necessarily have to even believe what you’re saying. You just have to be nice. Eventually, it will help with the automatic negative thinking. And with all the love you’ve been putting into the stitches, it makes for a great yarn hug when you’re done with the garment. I love wearing my hand knits when I’ve been down.
Spread Love Out
I know that this is a lot about love. Bear with me. I do a lot of gift knitting, when I do, I like to think about the person i am knitting for. I like to put my love into it, so they, in turn feel the love from me whenever they wear it. The same way with the prayer shawl idea in many healing circles. We need more love in this world. That’s just a fact. It can feel dark and scary, especially in today’s political climate. Spreading out feelings of love to your family, to your pets and plants, to your house, too your land, to your neighborhood, to your city, to your state, and so on, not only helps raise our spirits, but also helps us realize that we are all in this together- everyone no matter what.
Sometimes i don’t know what I would do without my knitting.
I know a lot of us feel this way.
I hope that your knitting practice brings you love, and feelings of worthiness. You are worthy. You are connected. You are incredible.