Crafting Calm :Projects and Practices for Creativity and Contemplation by Maggie Oman Shannon is all about ways to relax and be calm by crafting things.
I’m not a really crafty person myself and most of the crafts didn’t really appeal to me but I do like to crochet and making something can be incredibly relaxing. Especially if it is something for someone else.
Not only do you get the relaxation of concentrating on something but you get the pleasure of giving it to someone who needs it.
In this book you find recipes for crafting items such as anointing oils, blessing baskets (I really liked this one!), prayer mats, tray sand gardens, and many others.
Each one also usually has a story associated with it as well as suggestions on how to make the process more meaningful for you.
About the book (from the back cover) :
Craft Your Way To Inner Peace
In this wild and wired world, it is increasingly difficult to truly relax and find the stillness within. Maggie Oman Shannon’s Crafting Callm is a DIY guide to peace of mind, offering an abundance of ways you can achieve serenity and satisfaction by living the handmade life. Author Oman Shannon, the spiritual director of a Unity Church, explores crafts and creativity as a lifelong practice with enormous physical, emotional and spiritual benefits. And by knitting love and hope into every stitch, handicrafts help form new friendships and community. From making a desktop shrine or mini-Zen garden, to stringing intention beads and painting personal prayer flags, Crafting Calm is an essential tool for making mindfulness.
About the Author :
Rev. Maggie Oman Shannon, M.A., is an interfaith minister, spiritual director, workshop and retreat facilitator, and author of five books, including Prayers for Healing and A String and a Prayer: How to Make and Use Prayer Beads. In 2000, Maggie Oman Shannon founded The New Story, a coaching and consulting business focused on helping people create deeper meaning in their lives. Shannon currently has the honor of serving as Spiritual Director of Unity Spiritual Center of San Francisco.
Rev. Shannon can be found on Facebook.
This book is published by Viva Editions as are several other great books I have reviewed including Word Catcher, Girlfriends Forever, The Frugal Foodie Cookbook, Use Your Words, The Gratitude Power Workbook, The Lazy Gourmet, and Lemons And Lavender.
I received a free book to review.