Tag: music

Rhythm for Your Soul


Are you feeling distracted, out of sorts, can’t concentrate, need to get back to the normal daily rhythms of life? You are not alone.

Since mid January we have had a White House that runs on the Chaos Theory. A Senate that is either talking all night, voting in the middle of the night or creating news in other ways. And we have even had the Justice Department involved in law making.

Then there is the news media trying to react, or stay in front of all of this. We have the power of the people protesting on the Mall, in the malls, in airports, in Congressional offices, and the media covers all of this. Is it any wonder our heads are spinning? Hmmm, Spinning….

I was once a production hand weaver. To build up any speed you have to get your hands and feet to work together in an even steady rhythm. One night I sat down to weave while listening to a Jazz festival on the radio. I was all over the place; wrong foot, wrong hand, dropping the shuttle, a mess. Finally I leaned back and said “what is the matter with you?” During my timeout the music came to the forefront and I realized my problem. Slap to the forehead, “you can’t weave to a syncopated rhythm.”

So if you are not adjusting well to this new syncopation of our daily lives and the turbulence has you out of sorts, some thoughts…

First, change the music. Then collect your knitting and maybe a few knitting friends. For we know that knitting is therapeutic, but group therapy is much better. Soon you have the clicking of the needles, the yarn sliding through your fingers and the song of your pattern running around in your head.

Whether it’s the gentle clicking of the needles, the swoosh of the spinning wheel, or the swish-thwack of the loom, getting back to basics shifts you into more comfortable patterns. Whatever activity you use to calm yourself, I try to include two things in every day, gratitude and lots of laughter.

Smile, relax and knit,