Instead of sharing little updates about all of my intentions, this month I’m going to dive deep into just one. In last month’s recap, I mentioned a “new practice” around mindfulness.
My “plan” when I started last month (and wow, was February 1 really only 57 days ago?!) was a monthly journal. I cut a piece of linen, acquired a dozen or so balls of size 8 perle cotton and dove in.
It took less than a week … and I stalled out. I saw the first daffodil blooms, but had no yellow thread. and I stressed about the stitches (I did some crewel embroidery as a teenager, but that was eons ago!) to use. It wasn’t very mindful!
I’d just started reading Marianne Williamson’s A Year in Miracles; I decided to focus on a few lines from each devotion and simple running stitches. It worked. I enjoyed the creativity of choosing a thread and deciding where to place the stitches. But after that, my mind was free to meditate on the words.
For March, I simplified my approach even more. I limited the number of colors and planned to use only straight stitches, horizontal and vertical lines. The simpler approach and rhythm of the stitching was exactly what my mind needed…
… until I started struggling with the devotions. And the simplest solution of all presented itself. I’m using this stitching time for prayer.
Of all the daily habits I’ve attempted, this one has been the easiest. I look forward to the time and whereas I couldn’t always “find” 15 minutes for yoga, I’ve had no trouble finding it to stitch! I like, too, that I’m making something with those minutes (and it’s not knitting). I haven’t decided what I’ll do – if anything? – with the finished pieces. I’m thinking I might stretch them over a canvas board (the pieces are about 7″x9″ so would fit nicely over an 8×10). or maybe I’ll wait until the end of the year and do something with them all together. Welcome your ideas!