Slowing Down Each Day
This afternoon, while my son took a nap and my daughter read quietly in her room, I pulled out my needle felting supplies. By the way, we’ve kept nap time a routine since my daughter was a baby. She’s nine years old now. I love our afternoon quiet time and hope to never outgrow it. I find it necessary to make time for relaxing. Sometimes I read, sometimes I nap, and sometimes I create. Today, I chose to needle felt, which is an activity I find very soothing to the soul. You can’t rush forming the wool one needle poke at a time. Needle felting is a slow, but intuitive, gentle process. It is an activity which requires me to calm my body and quiet my mind…to be present, yet playful. One item I finished was a wee little creation made from a broken walnut shell, wool roving, and textured yarn. I gave it to my daughter after our quiet time ended. She thanked me and bounced away with it cradled in her hands, wearing a joyful smile. I couldn’t help but smile in return. Life can get busy quickly, so don’t underestimate the power of slowing down each day.