At a social event, it's not normally a sign that things are going well if everyone is sat in silence. But at our mindful craft events, it's pretty much always a mark of having done our job well.
The wonderful part of our craft workshops is about an hour in, when conversation changes into concentration, and all you can hear are the comfortable little noises of making. Paper being cut, the hiss of burning wood, the click click of knitting needles, and not much else.
It's great having a lovely thing that you've made to show off, and there's definitely a buzz from learning a new skill. But most of all I love the sense of zooming in tight on one activity, and immersing yourself in getting to know the material you are working with.
Silence over a shared activity feels like an stolen luxury. Many of us find ourselves filling the time we spend with people by talking, whether we have something to say or not. A shared activity opens the door to sitting in comfortable, companionable silence where we'd normally be pulling out all the stops to be interesting and entertaining. When we are making, we can relax and shed that. Our conversations can turn to the what's happening right now, our shared creative tasks and how we're tackling them. It makes for a good mix of sociable and relaxing time in each others company.
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