Saturday, November 12, 2016

Healing in Art

What a crazy ride this week: between the unexpected results of the election and the resulting marches and riots on the street, folks unfriending each other on Facebook because of who they voted for, and all the surrounding drama, I am ready to take a sabbatical from the world and just crawl back into my little space and stitch! Today's sunrise celebrates a crisp, clean autumn morning, and I am thankful for the peace and serenity I feel today; not every day is like that for me.

  But I did take time this week to stitch. I believe there is healing in art, and therapy in using one's hands to create. Whether you are a quilter repetitively passing a needle up and down through warm  layers of fabric, a knitter/crocheter using needles to repetitively stitch your creation from yarn, a painter/artist utilizing brushes and other media to express your inner thoughts and feelings, or a beader, passing your needle through lustrous folds of silk and sparkling beads, this process has been scientifically proven to be healthy and good for you. If you can get together with friends or take a class and peacefully chat and share creative thoughts and energies, even better! Today I plan on taking the time to create with my hands, even for just a few moments, and thank God for the friends I have, the talent He has gifted me with, and the multitude of blessings He has showered on me. I hope you, too, are willing and able to find comfort and thankfulness in this tumultuous time.
Silk shibori beaded brooch I finished this week.


Michelle May-The Raspberry Rabbits said...

I couldn't agree more. I'm grateful to have met you and to have spent such a wonderful evening with you in Houston. Thank you for all your encouragement, advice and kindness my friend. I can't wait to see you in February. Big bunny hugs!

Vickie said...

Michelle I enjoyed our visit much I completely lost track of time! My apologies for having to rush off that last night, but what a great dinner and company. Love your work and wish you the best success in your next adventure! Looking forward to seeing what you do with our little felted bag in Hampton too.