Those who know me well know I take my knitting seriously. I started knitting when I got sick as a way to fight against the numbness in my hands. It wasn't long before I found another fantastic benefit of knitting. It is a soothing form of meditation that helped me cope with a very stressful illness.
Meditation even delivers a dose of energy into your brain’s happiness center. Just ask the researchers at the University of Wisconsin's Keck Laboratory now conducting tests with Tibetan monks. MRIs showed that meditation created profound activity in the left prefrontal cortex, an area associated with happiness and positive thoughts and emotions. This sort of brain activity is especially intense among longtime meditation practitioners.
The Bhagavad Gita praises work done “in the calm of self surrender,” without anxiety over the results, work for its own sake. I’m down with that. But being a westerner with soft spot for style, I do get a thrill over the results of knitting. When I first started knitting I created a series of handbags that were so popular I started my first business, CionOriginals. I had a blast making these one-of-a-kind bags named after famous women.