Tatting as Meditation
Tatting as Meditation
I recently had the pleasure of watching two programs, "The Last Shangri La" about the nation of Bhutan and "The Quietest Place on Earth", Haleakala volcano in Hawaii. Both of these programs dealt with inner peace. Finding inner peace by becoming one with nature.
Noise and stress from the everyday world impinge on our senses every day all day. City dwellers will note the noise from traffic and voices while country folks might even complain about the din of the 17-yr locust emerging. Television, radio, fancy phones, tablets, mp3 players in our ears seem to bombard us with sound. Everyone needs a respite from the constant din.
Tatters know the secret of finding inner peace wherever they are. City, country, car, air bus, city bus, long distance motor bus, bus stop, bank line, doctor's office, church pew, picnic, living room couch, are all places that we tat. And our tatted lace touches so many people. It dries the sad tears when tatted by the bedside of a sick loved one but it also dries the happy tears at a wedding. The joy of the bride is carried forward when her hanky with tatted lace is used to make a bonnet for the christening of her first child. The generation gap between grandmother and teenage granddaughter is bridged with tatting when making a "Goth" style necklace or bracelet.
And every time we begin to tat a little magic happens.
The silent movements of our hands leading the thread into tatted lace require tatters to focus on a small area before them. Light reflects from the thread and the needle while the soft click of a shuttle counts our stitches. Concentration is needed to create regularity in the double stitches. As we concentrate, the stresses that we all face every day seem to slip away. The only noise is our inner voice. We concentrate on the pattern, say our prayers,and think about life's oddities until soon all around us is still and that sweet feeling of inner peace descends on us. Happy tatting indeed.
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