The Craft of Mindfulness

It’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas … and it’s the week before Thanksgiving. I prefer to decorate for Thanksgiving, one last great shout-out to autumn and its abundance.

Today, mindfully decorate for Thanksgiving, even picking out a craft or two if you haven’t any decorations. I love the ideas about crafting expressed by Jean Van’t Hul in her book, “The Artful Year: Celebrating the Seasons and Holidays with Family Arts and Crafts.”

Adapting Jean’s thoughts on the zen of crafting, here’s the craft of mindfulness:

  • Use materials and decorative items you love. Take the time to enjoy them.
  • Take your time. Don’t race through this. Slow down and enjoy the process.
  • See the beauty in imperfection. If you make a mistake in a craft, it’s OK. And stop to look at the things your children made to enjoy the memories.

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