I have been under a lot of stress lately. Not only from work (see last post), but from just feeling like I don’t have enough time in the day.Thankfully I have knitting. It is my go to. Whenever I am all frazzled, I find at least a few minutes to knit a couple of rows. I pick up my needles and get in the zone. I really like this excerpt from Knitting for Good!: A Guide to Creating Personal, Social, and Political Change, Stitch by Stitch by Betsy Greer (excerpt found on Daily OM). It perfectly explains the power of using your hands to eliminate the stress.
Perhaps one of its most unexpected effects is its ability to help me focus my thoughts and quiet my mind as I create. Somehow my daily tensions start washing away with the rhythmic movement—hopefully this is true for you too. I find that I am able to focus on the stitch, when at most other times in my life I find myself constantly distracted. When I’m knitting, I can focus my thoughts on something refreshingly simple: wool and wood. With my hands at work, my mind and creativity are free to roam and explore. I find this state is less about completely forgetting the world and more about letting all the annoyances and worries that rack up each day slink off and disappear as I make stitch after stitch after stitch.
So this morning I am going to use my knitting as motivation to get all I need to get done completed. I set goals with my students all the time…why not with myself? My goal: Get all my paperwork done so I can have at least 15 minutes of Zen. Nothing like a little positive reinforcement to get you through the day. 😉