Il potere di fare le cose a mano

When my book, Uncinetto salvato la mia vita, first came out Rayela of TAFA did a post about it. I wanted to share an excerpt from that post today because I love what she had to say.

I told Kathryn that the closest experience I have had to the experience of prayer or meditation is when I am engaged in the making of something. I enter this other place where I almost feel transported and the world falls away. O, perhaps a particular part of the world becomes zoomed in on, as if in a strange focal lens. Others have also said the same, “Sewing saved my life.” or “If I don’t create, I will go insane.” I don’t think it matters if it’s crochet or another act of creation, for some of us there simply is no choice.

I once met a nun in Chicago who worked with mentally ill people at a clay studio. The pieces these people came up with were amazing! Faces with three eyes, bodies with two heads, twisted formsThere the work truly gave a language to what was experienced on the inside, but even the repetition of a needle and thread, of stitches on cloth, or baking and gardeningthere is something important about working with your hands to release mental stress.

Read Rayela’s full post here.

How does working with your hands help you in your life? What does it do for you?

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Kathryn

San Francisco basato e scrittore ossessionato all'uncinetto, sognatore e spirito creativo!

5 Commenti:

  1. Oh, what a nice mention, Kathryn! E, I love that photo!

    I have so many memories of hands at work…. My father with a soldering iron, my mother darning a sock, my grandfather repairing the reed in an antique chair, my sister playing her oboeflittering, smoothing, sanding, tessitura, rolling…….. hands shaping the past, the present and the future. Mine spend most of their time on keyboards these days, but they are happiest when they are shaping fabric, covered in clay, or planting a seed.

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  • Image of Cover for Crochet Saved My Life

    Uncinetto salvato la mia vita racconta la mia storia di come mi crafting guarito dalla depressione cronica. Condivide anche le storie di 24 altre donne incredibili che agganciato per guarire. Leggere il libro oggi!