Thanks for popping in today.
I’m glad you did,
because I have something new I would like to share with you.
A new Wednesday Blog idea.
Humpback Wednesday and all that.
Mid week crisis be gone!!!
It’s not a stamp, or a stencil,
in fact it’s not anything one can buy today.
I sometimes feel that I am pounding you with products daily,
and that really is NOT my intention.
It’s just the nature of the Craft Blog.
Anyway, you’ve got plenty of crafty stash and ideas
to keep you going, I’m sure!!
There’s a lot of talk and hype about Mindfulness nowadays,
and we crafters have known for a long time about the benefits of getting busy with the hands and mind.
We know all about switching off what’s going on in our heads
by focussing on making a card, knitting a jumper
or painting the living-room wall!
I know I am preaching mostly to the converted here,
but there are literally millions of people out there,
if you’ll pardon the “out there” expression,
who have no idea, not a scooby, how beneficial and therapeutic
something as simple as colouring in a picture can be for the mind.
I’m not suggesting for a minute that folks should throw their
anti-depressant pills down the loo,
because colouring in and crafting is a better alternative,
but I am suggesting that Craft works - it really does.
Mindfulness. Long word.
I looked it up, and in a nutshell,
it’s to do with learning to stay in the Here and Now;
not dwelling on the past or fretting about the future,
but focussing on what’s going on this very moment.
ONE DAY AT A TIME.
I often get asked how I manage to do so much,
to fit so much into my life;
and my answer without hesitation, is always
ONE DAY AT A TIME.
Hence the title of my blog.
If I take a brutally honest look at myself though,
I know that I keep busy to distract myself,
to avoid sitting around thinking bad, sad thoughts.
Thinking, thinking, thinking....
Most of what my head tells me is rubbish anyway!
Don’t get me wrong! I’m no Doctor or Psychologist,
and I do have waves of anger, stress and sadness quite often.
But I have also found a solution which distracts the anxiety and washing machine head.
Some people get it from yoga.
I fell asleep on the mat and was dribbling when they woke me up.
Some people get it from vigorous exercise.
I joined the local gym 3 years ago, and have been twice.
Shame on me!
Dave gets it from music;
he composes beautiful music on his guitar.
What am I saying??
Guitar-s! Plural. He’s got one in every room!
And under the bed!
But hey! Thank God he’s not a drummer!!
But I get it from
from MAKING ART AND BEING CREATIVE.
That’s my healthy obsession.
Whether I am preparing a blog,
making a card,
designing a new stamp,
planning what I am going to show you on the next TV show,
or just experimenting with new paints,
I find that almost instantly, my attention moves away from negative thoughts, and focusses on the task at hand.
AND THAT’S WHAT I’M TALKING ABOUT!!!
So this is what I propose:
On Wednesdays, we take a look at our art
from a mindfulness point of view.
Humour me here!
You never know - actually focussing on HOW craft works might prove helpful to you, too
I just feel that I would like to reach out,
share what we already know here with others.
The Wednesday Blog is a stepping stone;
More will be revealed...
Please share back below; tell me what you think.
I reckon we could start a Midweek Movement...
lots of love,