In a meek effort to reset my mindset and focus my attention on regaining 'me', I thought I'd take a little path down the Buddha knitting trail. The book, Mindful Knitting speaks of paralleling Buddhism with knitting. Although I'm not a follower I do believe the religion has some good qualities.
Before I go on to offend everyone and anyone who might be reading this, I should make a few clarifying statements. I was born and raised a Catholic. I fell from the graces of the Catholic church during my whole tumor ordeal. I still claim to be a Catholic, just an nonpracticing Catholic. I'm not interested in having people tell me about what I should and/or should not believe in. I don't try to tell others where their religious beliefs should lye, so don't tell me about mine. What I do believe is that people should be the best that they know how to be, and celebrate life however it is that makes them happy and that they believe they should celebrate it.
I was drawn to read this book because of it's mentioning of meditation. Knitting can be such a meditative state. A place and time to contemplate whatever it is that is ailing you. I've heard that the powers of meditation can do wonders for stress. But I have found that I've never been quite good a the whole 'uuummmm' sort of meditation. I've heard other knitters talk about their knitting as meditative, but I don't always find that. For me it's been something to do with my hands. A beautiful hobby and an outlet for my creativity. When my mind is troubled, knitting doesn't help me to think clearer.
This book talks about how to get to that place with your knitting. How to find a meditative state within the practice of knitting. It compares knitting to the teachings the author grew up with.
And even offers 10 projects to practice your meditation exercises through knitting. Most of the patterns are simple and truly mindless, allowing you to focus on what's going on inside your own head. There was one pattern in there that spoke to me. And hopefully will help my mind to speak to itself as well. With some bamboo I recently acquired, it is making for a very enjoyable project. And lusciously soft to boot. What a project for a wounded soul.