Basket Weaving and Meditation have a lot in common.
When you weave a basket, before you know it, you may find that you’re “in the zone”.
You become relaxed, you forget about your problems and your concentration is focused on the project in your lap.
You may experience a state of deep rest that’s similar to meditation.
As with the practice of other crafts like quilting, stitchery and seatweaving, your blood pressure may lower while your breathing becomes more even, your heart rate lowers and muscle tension relaxes.
Like the results of meditation, basket weaving and other crafts may decrease your risk of dementia while increasing health and well being.
It’s no surprise to us that basket weaving and crafts also boost your creativity and enhance your problem-solving skills in the same way that solving a puzzle does.
When you’re weaving a basket, you follow the pattern that enables the basket weave to take shape. The weaving requires concentration and that concentration is rewarded by the finish product. The finish product, in turn, makes us feel good through a feeling of accomplishment and well being.
Perhaps best of all, when we practice basket weaving with friends in a social setting, it strengthens our relationships. Aren’t these great reasons for weaving baskets?