Knitting is My Safe Space

Knitting is My Safe Space

I think its common for knitting to be seen as a warm and nurturing act that we do for others. Yet, there is so much more going on inside. I knit because it allows me to create a safe space for myself and show up for others.

The truth is, when I’m knitting, I am more comfortable in my surroundings and in my own skin. I’ve found that it allows me to rest, to settle in and be more present in the moment. Knitting is how I came to understand mindfulness, and to connect with that practice for the first time. It is what allows me to care for myself on a daily basis and nurture my energy so I can be fully present for those who I work with.

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I’m an art therapist who can’t draw.

I’m an art therapist who can’t draw.

I’m learning to honour the unique contributions that I make, as much as I appreciate the self-expression I admire in others. So, why is it so difficult to do what should come so naturally- to express ourselves free of judgement? I have my suspicions, but definitely not all the answers, so I’ll start with my journey from avoiding art to actively pursuing creativity in all forms and spending my life encouraging others to do the same.

I grew up in a suburb of Halifax, convincing myself I was left-brained and trying to be normal. I took drama and music, but avoided art. I truly believed that unless you were the best at something there was little point pursuing it. I could already tell who the best artists in my class were, and that they could shade with coloured pencils way better than me, so I didn’t see the point in perfecting my drawings of Garfield. The funny thing was that I actually loved drawing, but gave it up around 10 or 12, at the age when so many of us give up things we love because we become self-conscious and begin to criticize ourselves. I excelled at music though, and that became my language of the arts. Music came naturally, and was how I could express my creative voice.

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