How to intentionally create calm and peace
In our uber wired world, it's challenging to shut out the noise of all the dings, pings and rings. It can be wearisome to create space for rest. There are two hurdles. The first is to purposefully plan times to unplug, toggle off, and shut down, then the second is to intentionally engage in the present. I don't know which is the highest hurdle. It's probably different for all of us.
For me, the challenge of the second feels about 6 feet high. I can easily turn off and live with black screens, but learning to be truly present is a formidable hitch. My brain is always whirling. But my go-to solution is engaging my hands in some creative action. It pulls me in and nails me into the 'here and now.' It quiets me.
In facilitating Craft Parties, I've heard so many comments that verify this, like, "Wow! This is feeling so calming to me!" In exploring further supportive resources on this that I can share with others I came across a little gem of a book, 'Crafting Calm,' It's like a D.I.Y. guide to creating peace of mind. There are lots of inspiring project ideas for how to do exactly that -create peace- through an array of creative exercises.
The author Maggie Oman Shannon looks at crafting and creativity as a purposeful practice that boasts enormous physical, mental, and spiritual benefits. She presents a treasure trove of mindful projects and guides the reader in ways to quiet those voices around us and in us. Her intention is to gently nudge the reader into spaces of what she calls 'sacred stillness.' Through insightful interviews, personal testimonies, and forty suggested activities, the author shows how creative processes can become spiritual practices.
Wo, whether you’re an aspiring artist, longtime craftsperson, or someone who has never set foot in a craft-store (yet!), you’ll find something in 'Crafting Calm' to inspire you. Crafts and how-to ideas include contemplation candles, visual journals, prayer shawls, intention beads, finger labyrinths, personal prayer flags, spiritual toolkits, and tabletop altars.
For those in N.C.'s Triangle who are looking to create calm through crafting, contact me to plan your own 'Craft Party' with some friends.