Dr. Jessica Motherwell, Ph.D.

Come home to the REAL you.

Sit, knit, and breathe.

“Do spin and spin after due deliberation…” – Ghandi, 1945.

Ghandi changed the whole course of India by advocating that each family take up spinning thread for its own cloth. Ghandi asked for “due diliberation” — for each person to think and re-empower her- or himself to take back what the English usurped — self-determination. Ghandi knew that the rhythmic handwork would reinforce each person’s political thinking and will.

Instead of spinning, I knit. Knitting, like spinning, is rhythmic, two-handed (bilateral), and focused — a perfect activity for promoting my contemplation and inner change. While knitting, I know that I am using both hands and, thus, both sides of my  brain: “knit, purl, knit purl…left, right, left, right.” And all the while I am using both hands, and both sides of my brain, I am thinking about something, and my thoughts are expanded by the two-sided (bilateral) brain activity. If at first I can’t slow down my racing thoughts, at least I can sit, knit, and breathe.

Come on, grab your needles and join me, while I:
Sit, knit, and breathe. 
Sit, knit, and breathe. 
Sit, knit, and breathe…

But wait! There’s more on my counselling blog, “How did the rose?”
If you want to read my full discussion on the benefits of knitting, click here.
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