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Gaining Perspective Through Our Favorite Activities

Gaining Perspective Through Our Favorite Activities

Recently, a friend of mine started a blog about knitting. And about life. I was reading it yesterday and I felt so proud of her for taking something she loves and using it as a tool to open up to the world and promote an honest dialogue about some of the difficult things we all experience – like moving to a new city or being apart from a loved one.

My friend’s writing exemplifies an excellent approach both to blogging and living. It is not always easy to get to the bottom of our feelings. But turning to something we love – whether it is knitting, sports, cooking, or what have you – can provide us with an excellent metaphor that can help guide our decisions. At the very least, it can give us a brief moment of respite to step back from the confusion and look at the situation with new eyes. Activities we love can help us to quiet our minds and, much like meditation, can give us insights that we would not have access to otherwise. For me, it has always been running that has helped me to gain perspective – what about you?

 

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Sarah Cooke

Sarah Cooke is a writer living in California. She is interested in organic food and green living. Sarah holds an M.F.A. in Creative Writing from Naropa University, an M.A. in Humanities from NYU, and a B.A. in Political Science from Loyola Marymount University. She has written for a number of publications, and she studied Pastry Arts at the Institute for Culinary Education. Her interests include running, yoga, baking, and poetry. Read more on her blog.

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2:42AM PST on Mar 2, 2013

Thanks for sharing.

2:34AM PST on Jan 14, 2013

Thanks for making me not feel like an isolated island, Knitters can do so very much to help the whole wide world!

7:14AM PST on Dec 18, 2012

Thanks

7:13AM PST on Dec 18, 2012

Thanks

1:29PM PDT on Jul 23, 2012

Shortly after learning to knit I was excited to “decode” instructions of various stitches and patterns. About the same time got my first computer at work-this was in the days before windows. Knitting projects were going along quickly, but struggled with the codes and order of commands I had to enter to create documents. Suddenly one evening while knitting a cable sweater I saw the parallel of following knit patterns and the order of computer commands. If you did stitches/commands out of order everything becomes a tangled/disorderly mess. From that point on I came to love the computer pursued learning the programs and how to put it to use in the office. So whether knitting or working on computer I become one with the medium.

8:41PM PDT on Jul 20, 2012

shower always helps me or a nap or driving aimlessly if i'm able to

6:40PM PDT on Jul 20, 2012

A few years ago knitting was called "the new yoga".
I've not heard of anything replacing it, but maybe it's now the "not so new yoga"?

Knitting lowers the blood pressure (although this is not evident with new knitters) by providing a zen-like meditation which is achieved from the repetitive motions. (E.g. knit, knit, knit, purl, knit, knit, knit, purl, knit, ... etc)
I believe it also improves the mathematical ability of the knitter - by the need for counting a pattern sequence repeatedly. And the use of geometry in a pattern to shape it correctly. (E.g. decreasing the width by decreasing the number of stitches in order to produce a slimmer waist for a sweater.)

7:39PM PDT on Jul 18, 2012

find a hobby that you love!

5:00PM PDT on Jul 18, 2012

Thanks.

4:03PM PDT on Jul 18, 2012

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