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Time to share what you've learned! Use your new discoveries and skills to connect with people around you. Through the beauty of craft, history, and culture, I hope you'll feel a deeper sense of place and belonging in the world and that new friendships will grow. Let's create community where we live and together all over the world as we learn and practice traditional textile crafts.
What's in your own backyard? Take a morning or afternoon to explore what you've missed in your own community. Check out or even take a tour of an interesting building. Is there a local ethnic festival coming up? Learn about the history of your city and the people who live near you.
I recently moved to a smaller city in the East Bay Area, about 30 minutes from San Francisco. It's been fun taking walks exploring the 1950s suburban architecture and finding a secret path to the nearby state park. One morning I discovered a Buddhist monastery tucked away at the top of a hill! It is a beautiful place for rest and contemplation-- so close to my door!
Discover something interesting about where you live and connect with your neighbors, the culture, and history of your surroundings!
Step away from the computer and set your phone aside, once you're done reading this post!
Make something with your hands, whether picking up that old knitting project, cooking soup, or learning to sew. Take a workshop with a friend or ask your aunt to teach you how to crochet.
I use time mending a shirt, making sculpture, or planning a new workshop project as a meditation. I often listen to classical music, forgetting about politics or my current to-do list. I focus on the satisfaction of creating beauty, extending the life of something useful, or enjoying the process of moving from an idea through a detour (or several) to a new discovery. Time for creativity, with or without a point, makes pathways for new ideas and ways of doing things that flow into the rest of life.
Ok now, go!