Mindfulness simples exercício para crocheteiras

Mindfulness is a state of being fully aware and immersed in the actions of the present moment. When you are focused on the present, you can’t be upset about things that happened in the past or worrying about things that are going to happen in the future. Você só pode ser bem aqui neste momento experimentar o que está acontecendo na sua frente. Mindfulness is frequently used as part of the treatment for many mental health conditions including depressão and bipolar disorder.

Crochet can be used to practice mindfulness. By actively focusing on the project in your hands, you can stay in tune with the present moment. This gives your mind and body a much needed break from any stressors in your life and can be a terrific part of a total wellness plan. In my new book, Crochê salvou a minha vida, I’ve shared six different mindfulness exercises for crocheters. I thought I’d share one of them here with you today.

Mindfulness simples exercício para Crocheters

Read through the exercise first then find a quiet space in your home to practice the exercise.

Select a crochet hook and yarn that are both easy to work with. Sit still with your work in your lap. All that you are going to be doing is making a long crochet chain. You will slowly work each loop of the chain, counting each loop as you make it. Focus all of your attention on making one loop at a time and not allowing any other thoughts to creep in. Every time that you notice a thought, frog the chain (meaning just take it apart) and start over.

Então, por exemplo, you will start your chain … One loop, two loops … (I’m so annoyed that my check hasn’t gotten direct deposited yet, I really need to go to the bank … oops, I’m thinking, better start over.) … Frog, re-start the chain … One loop, two loops, three loops … (I really like this yarn but it seems like such a waste to be using it for a mindfulness exercise. Damn. I’m thinking again.) Frog and start over.

Try to continue this exercise until you have successfully focused on the loops at hand and let all other thoughts pass to the length of a ten-loop chain. When you are first learning mindfulness, you may only be able to achieve a chain length of five or six. Está tudo bem. Cut yourself some slack. Mindfulness isn’t easy. We have busy brains.

I would love to hear your experience if you try this exercise!

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24 Comentários:

  1. Crochet is indeed a form of meditation for me. Hooks and needles are the only things that help me clear my mind. I think that’s why I like to learn complex stitch patterns and new techniques. You can’t really worry about whether you paid the electric bill or returned that phone call while you are keeping track of where to put the next ch3 space. To be successful with a new technique you have to be present in each stitch at least in the learning stage. Crochet can train you to bein the momentbecause once your mind wanders to something else, you mess up and have to frog. I guess that’s why I am always looking to learn new aspects of the craft.

  2. I don’t know if I could do this exerciseI think it would drive me nuts. :)

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  3. Oh meu, I recognize this exercise, because it looks very much like an exercise that I often did. It works really good, so I recommend it to anyone! Ótimo post, Kathryn!

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  5. Oi, I’ve just posted link to this on my blog ‘MMM… Meditação, Saúde mental, Crochê consciente’ no: http://delemares.wordpress.com/2012/08/06/a-simple-mindfulness-exercise-for-crochetets/
    and also mentioned your book. I’ve downloaded a sample on kindle and intend writing a review when I’ve read it. Reading the list of contents, it looks fantastic.
    Obrigado por este post; hope you don’t mind my sharingSandra

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  9. How did I miss this post!? I’m so glad to have seen a link to it in today’s post, Obrigado! As a caregiver, this mindfulness exercise is going to be great to use when I stress about all the myriad parts of my mother’s care. My daughter, also a crocheter, uses crochet as a means of working off a build-up of nervous energy from anxiety and ADHD. She’ll find this exercise very useful as well. Obrigado!

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  16. please, let me translate it to spanish and share it in my FB page (www.facebook.com/fabytatejidoscrochet) with a link to your page :)

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  18. Oi: I love your articlesI can relate to you when you say “crochê salvou a minha vida” I have been crocheting since I was 8I am now 59 and retired and love crocheting and knittingkeep up the workyou are a great encouragement

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