Hey! Grace here with you again today.
As you may have noticed, Clarity is beginning to focus more and more on ‘mindfulness’ and WHY we craft. This works out well for me, because though I’m a beginner at crafting, I do love a bit of mindfulness.
As I get older, I realize that my Mum didn’t just start a craft company, but has actually created a wonderful community of people that often use their hobby (like most hobbies!) as a form of therapy.
If you think about it, nearly everyone you know participates in something that makes them feel good… Gardening, every form of sport, creating music, photography, writing, drawing, dance, chess, puzzles, video games, knitting, embroidery, hiking, crosswords, painting, pottery, art. The list goes on and on.
Whatever your hobby or passion, they all have something in common; so many of us use them for creative release, distraction, entertainment, diversion, escapism. That list goes on too!
Crafting is no different. It’s a safe place where you can escape the dramas of every day life, and keep it simple. It helps to get out of your head, to drown out that nasty inner-narrator voice that runs your day, to put your hands to work, to create something you can be proud of, and therefore build confidence.
If I’m being entirely honest with you? I don’t really have an obsessive or habitual hobby, like so many people.
- My Mum? Crafting, and more recently pottery.
- Her husband Dave? Creating music and playing guitar.
- Little brother? Sports; basketball and rugby.
- Boyfriend? Exercise/the gym.
- Granddad? Gardening.
- Oma? Crafting and creating jewelry.
Acting was always my ‘hobby’. And it served me well for a long time. How can you be in your head or worrying about something, when you’re pretending to be somebody else entirely? And you only have a certain amount of headspace for the lines you have to learn!
The problem with this choice of hobby though, I’ve learnt, is it’s not personal; it depends on others. And once you turn your hobby into your livelihood and something you have to chase (I’m sure my Mum can sometimes relate to this) it is no longer escapism, or something that brings you peace.
And so now, with a bucket load of life experience and new found anxiety, BUT a true love of mindfulness and meditation, I’ve decided that I need a new fun way (other than sitting on the ground and being quiet) to find productive calm, and you lot seem to have figured it out with crafting and Groovi.
So here goes!
What specific hobbies do you have, crafting or otherwise? What do you do when you can feel that pesky inside voice messing with you? Why do YOU craft? We’d love to know!
Talk to you Tuesday!
Lotsa Love, Grace xox
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