We all know that I love mediation, I only talk about how knitting is a meditative practice for me on the days that end in “Y”. Recently, I have been trying to grow my meditation practice and try out different techniques. This prompted me to include the use of affirmations in my knitting as well.
Before getting into how I use affirmations in my knitting, it is incredibly important that I acknowledge the roots of this practice. Meditation is a practice that started in India and is an integral part of Hinduism. My introduction to mantras (chants that are repeated during meditation used to alter mindset) was in a beginner meditation class several years ago that taught only traditional mantras and their meanings. However, my goal with meditation is to understand myself better and, chanting in a language that I do not speak does not feel like it is honoring the practice at its core. It is with utmost respect that I adapt this practice to better suit my goals. So it is with a language shift and choosing my own words to say that instead I use the word affirmation to describe what I do.
So what do I do? Basically I repeat a word or phrase while I am knitting as a way to deepen my understanding of that word while also infusing that word into the knit object.
First, I decide on an affirmation. Many of us already have affirmations in our lives, even if we don’t realize. Phrases that we say when life happens such as “ugh, this stuff always happens to me”, “when one door closes, another opens”, or “everything is working out best case scenario” are all examples of affirmations and they don’t have to be positive. I like to repeat longer phrases for larger projects and smaller phrases or single words for smaller projects. Two of my favorite affirmations that I use in my knitting are “everything is working out best case scenario” and “love”. Your affirmations can be anything you want, but this should be something you want to share, see, and receive in the world. We don’t need more pain and suffering in the world, am I right?
So if I were casting on a scarf for my mother and my affirmation was “Love”, I would repeat the word “Love” out loud as I place each stitch on the needle.
Now I’ve got my affirmations and I’ve got a knitting project. Cool. Now what? Take a moment to just breathe. Once you feel settled, start working on your project and start to repeat the words you chose. So if I were casting on a scarf for my mother and my affirmation was “Love”, I would repeat the word “Love” out loud as I place each stitch on the needle. Then as I continue to work on the scarf, I continue to say “Love” aloud with each stitch. It is as easy as that. If I’m working with a longer phrase, I like to knit with the syllable count or each word depending on the phrase and my pace.
Sometimes I forget to say the affirmation as I’m knitting. That is okay, I just notice that I stopped and start again. Remember, this is a practice not a perfect. There are even times when I don’t want to speak the words (my knitting travels a lot) and just thinking them in my head when I’m out and about is just as valid.
Getting dressed in the morning is also more fun knowing that I’m wearing my “Creative” sweater or “Abundance is Everywhere” socks.
My favorite thing about adding affirmations to knitting is that when I finish an object, it feels a little extra special. It also brings a whole new meaning to a project was knit with love, doesn’t it? Getting dressed in the morning is also more fun knowing that I’m wearing my “Creative” sweater or “Abundance is Everywhere” socks. What are your favorite knitting affirmations?