Last year I taught myself a new form of crocheting. It is called Tunisian or Afghan Crocheting. It is like knitting because loops of yarn are put on a needle but it is crocheting because you only use one needle and use stitches that are similar to crocheting.
I spent hours watching YouTube videos learning the proper techniques and practicing what I needed to do. I have found I enjoy this new craft more than regular crocheting and love the end products it produces. I have given several scarfs to family members as gifts.
It also has become a contemplative practice for me. It quiets me down and puts me into a very reflective state. I use this time to talk to God. I sort out my feelings about recent events and just sit peacefully in my Creator’s presence. I look forward to my time doing this. There is a hunger inside of me that is not satisfied if I do not find space for this in my daily life.
I talk about this because to me my crocheting has become a Spiritual Practice. It has several components to it.
- It is reflective…It puts me into a contemplative state
- I sit quietly in God’s presence when I do it. My heart is open to what God is saying to me.
- Doing this is a discipline and with that I have a structured time set aside for God and myself. I see that being intentional over time about doing this has had a positive effect on me.
- If I am making an item for a certain individual I spend time in prayer for them as I crochet. I feel close to them in spirit as I work.
In future blogs I will talk about Writing as a Spiritual Practice and how it setting time aside to do it can become prayer.