A crafty recovery: knitting as therapeutic and meditative vehicle

I picked knitting up again during the throes of benzo withdrawal, on the urging of a friend. When I found myself very ill and traumatised, I needed something to fill in my days besides colouring in kids's books and feeling miserably sorry for myself. When my friend suggested that I take it up again, I was dismissive of the idea, but was urged to until I eventually gave in and bought some yarn to knit a simple scarf. Once I began, I realised that knitting is like riding a bicycle - you can put it away for an extended time but it isn't forgotten. I knitted my way through the scarf, and then several more scarves for family and friends. The more I persevered, the more creative the finished product. … [click on title for the rest of the post]

On The Legacy Of Aging

Among other things this is a critique of our pathologically youth oriented culture. It's very wonderful. Please watch. Aging is no accident, says Hillman: … [click on title for the rest of the post]

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