Tuesday, November 15, 2011

Mental Vitamins

The Healing Power in the Act of Creating

 Neuroscientist Kelly Lambert has shown in her research that "when you knit a sweater or plant a garden,...when you prepare a meal or simply repair a lamp, you are bathing your brain in feel-good chemicals and creating a kind of mental vitamin."
 I found this info in great article on EcoSalon that talks about the link between Using Your Hands and Soothing Your Brain.

I like my daily dose of mental vitamins.In between drawing out an idea for an upcoming project,I continue to work on the cloth guest book pages. I'm enjoying weaving patterns (blue embroidery circles with sequins)around the guests doodles and writing, as well as embellishing their writing (yellow stitches on black text).

The quote that someone wrote, is by the champion of individualism, Ralph Waldo Emmerson and from his essay Self-Reliance.  In the essay Emmerson talks about "the need for each individual to avoid conformity and false consistency, and follow his or her own instincts and ideas".


If you LOVE dong crafts or art, stop worrying about what others think, or that it has to be some masterpiece, or the need to justify it by proving it's worth in dollars. Something much more valuable is afoot, your well being.
Happy Creating


Teresa said...

I wrote a research paper on the therapeutic benefits of knitting. Really fascinating stuff. I used a lot of info from Bestan Corkhill who is doing some really awesome research: http://www.stitchlinks.com/research1.html

JafaBrit's Art said...

ooooh, thanks for the link Teresa, looks really interesting.

EcoSalon said...

Thanks so much for linking to our article... we're big believers in the power of creating things with your hands!

dinahmow said...

Along the lines of what is taught in Occupational Therapists' training.
Making or doing has always been my stress relief valve.

JafaBrit's Art said...

Hiay EcoSalon, REally enjoyed visiting your site :)

Definitely Dinah :) and there have been times when I am so glad of it.