“The present moment is the only time over which we have dominion.”~Thich Nhat Hanh
Do you spend a lot of time thinking? Are you thinking about the past? The future? Or are you in the present moment? It’s often mentioned how we can’t change the past, nor can we predict the future. Since there is truth to that, the only thing we with which we are left is to try our best to control our present moment—to be present.
When my girls were younger, they watched My Little Pony—the series and the Equestria Girls movies. In the song called My Past is Not Today, Sunset Shimmer sings “I may not know what the future holds but…my past does not define me, ‘cause my past is not today”. You cannot always control what happens to you, but you always have control over how you react to things.
Many times, mindfulness and being present can be challenging because it is difficult to “turn off” our brains. This is why crafting—especially knitting or crochet—can be beneficial. If we can focus our minds on a singular task, then we can train our minds to sit and be in the moment.
This allows us to truly feel and process our emotions and be in the moment. Knitting and crochet, once you get the mechanics down, can be done without much thought which allows your mind to calm and still so that we can be present, in the moment.