The craft of mindfulness

The craft of mindfulness

Posted by on Jun 21, 2012 in Blog | No Comments

I have talked about being in the zone in another blog. By being in the zone I mean a state of concentration on a task to the exclusion of other concerns. In the craft field this is an important state of mind, as it is when you are in the zone that you do your best work.

Recently I have become interested in the concept of mindfulness. Mindfulness is about being aware of the present moment, in tune with our senses and connected with the world. The way we live now discourages this way of living, automation means we do not have to concentrate on many daily processes and modern media means we have constant distractions from the real world. Consequently we tend to run on automatic pilot, divorced from what is going on around us. The idea of mindfulness is to bring yourself back to bodily sensations and immediate stimuli so you interact more meaningfully with the world

The idea for this blog came to me on Sunday when I was running a marquetry session during North Yorkshire Open Studios.

Dovetails and mindfulness

Dovetails and mindfulness

Posted by on Mar 8, 2012 in Blog | No Comments

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Thankyou, Chris.