I recently picked up crocheting as a way to relate to my mom. It didn’t take long for me to notice how great it made me feel. Then I did some research. Crafting can be a mindfulness practice, and the benefits are even greater when we craft together.
Jon Kabbat-Zin founded the Stress Reduction Clinic at the University of Massachusetts Medical School and developed the Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction program. He defined mindfulness as,
“The awareness that arises from paying attention, on purpose, in the present moment and non-judgmentally.”
This sounds very similar to what happens when focused on a craft. Crafting can put us into a flow state where we’re completely focused on the present. This is a great way to introduce the practice of mindfulness to kids; they’re mentally challenged, creatively charged, deeply concentrating, and having fun. Best of all, they will have accomplished something tangible that they can be proud of.