My Chinese medicine mentor Dr. Robert Johns (author of “The Art of Acupuncture Techniques“) recommends his patients to do soft and creative activities with their hands, especially for those with heart conditions or high levels of stress and too much time spent in their heads, such as desk jobs or just general over-thinking. There is an additional requirement that the activity is something of their own choice and that they enjoy, not one born out of a sense of “should”. Bread making, ceramics, brush painting, knitting, Chinese calligraphy… the choices are vast.
Category Archives: Crafts & Creativity
Using our hands creativity can help pull us out of our busy minds and into our bodies. Creativity can also help create the calm expansiveness needed to free the mind in order to dream. From a Chinese medical perspective, using the finger tips creatively and softly engages the highly-vascularized and innervated Jing 井 Well points near the finger tips (points used to revive consciousness). It calms the Shen 神 (spirit, consciousness).
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The steady gradual shift of earlier nightfalls became suddenly more apparent around the Autumn equinox two weeks ago. During this time of year I often feel a rekindled inspiration to craft – to pick up an old familiar (such as knitting) or to make a new friend (such as doll making). The crafting inspiration is kindled in part by the desire to create a gift especially for someone, and partly kindled by the desire to spend fluid time awakening to textures of yarn, fabric, wool, paper, watching form emerge from raw materials and ideas.
An article in Time Magazine recently reported, “Increasingly, brain research is showing that in the case of creative people, this mortal cause-and-effect pays powerful dividends — that it’s not just the luck of living a long life that allows some people to leave behind such robust bodies of work but that the act of doing creative work is what helps add those extra years. And that’s something that can be available to everybody.”
So pick up an old creative habit or discover a new one!