Creating is beneficial for a number of reasons, one being that it allows you to become fully immersed in the moment to the extent that your worries fade away. This "flow", according to psychologist Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi, is the secret to happiness:
"When we are involved in (creativity), we feel that we are living more fully than during the rest of life... You know that what you need to do is possible to do, even though difficult, and sense of time disappears. You forget yourself. You feel part of something larger."
Not to mention, crafting likely offers many of the same health benefits to your brain that have been associated with brain games and crossword puzzles, which are known to boost memory and cognitive function.
Some experts equate the benefits of crafting-induced "flow" with those of meditation. Indeed, when you're absorbed in a craft, it can induce your body's relaxation response, just like meditation can.
This is a physical state of deep rest that changes physical and emotional responses to stress, decreasing heart rate, blood pressure, rate of breathing, and muscle tension. Even beneficial changes to gene expression have been revealed as a result of the relaxation response.
Everything we experience is a teacher. It is important that we have a way to come back to our center, to be in touch with our inner guidance, to connect with who we are.
Then, we can go out and do what we need to do with greater confidence, grace and ease.
Spirit dollsare used in various forms throughout the world. They go by many names: spirit dolls, worry dolls, healing dolls etc.
As you sew her seams and embellish her with carefully chosen beads, you are imbuing her with vitality and strength for her intended mission.
Spirit dolls are the sweetest and most meaningful gifts I've ever given.