Living in the moment...you've heard it said many times before but is this part of gratitude? Most likely, yes. I'll never be one to truly live in the moment as I've other people depending on me to know tomorrow's schedule or the fact that I can learn from my mistakes. Yet, I do find myself giving too much time to thinking about the future or dwelling on the past that it pulls me away from what's happening at that moment. Maybe you do this as well?
When we knit there's an opportunity to "be present" and focus on the moment. The stitch you just knit represents the past, the stitch you've just inserted your right needle into is the present and the one you'll knit next is the future. For most knitting, the only stitch that truly matters at any moment is the one you are currently knitting but how many times are we thinking about future rows or what project you'll knit next once this is finished or wishing away this really challenging (or change that to boring) section? There are so many ways our knitting shows us where ourfocus is (or is not). Sometimes we all need some mindless knitting, I get that, but perhaps we don't need this every time.
Today when you knit be aware of the stitch as you knit (or purl) it. Are you focused on that moment or has your mind drifted elsewhere? If it has, where did you go? Bring your attention back to the present stitch.
Eunomia is an excellent project to practice focused knitting (aka mindfulness) due to the structure of the stitch pattern (there's repeats of 2, 4, and 8 within each 16 stitch repeat). Use these simple repeats to test how long you stay focused.
Today's letter is "D." On previous days, the letter was somehow connected to my message however this time any connections you create are by chance. Looking forward to reading your words/interpretation for the letter "D."