What Does It Mean to “Create With Intent”?

Here at FeelGood Fibers, we talk a lot about things like self-care, positive affirmations, and creating with intent. We hear these words so often on social media that they can sometimes start to lose their meaning. So what are we really talking about when we say that it’s important to “create with intent”?

Creating with Intent

It might sound like a complicated concept, but in fact it’s simple. Creating with intent means creating with awareness. Rather than doing things out of rote habit — possibly while multitasking (watching tv, eating a snack and trimming HSTs) — we make ourselves fully present in what we are doing at that moment.  We take the time to remove distractions so we can fully focus on the task and the desired outcome.  In this practice, we are taking the act of creating down to its basics.  This is  not to say that creating with music blasting and a side of popcorn doesn’t have it’s place! But, when we take time to create with intent, we are practicing a form of mindfulness while engaging in the craft that we love. Think of it like quilting yoga! Sometimes you want to dance and other times you want to feel centered. Both are essential to a well-balanced life!

How Can I Get Started?

One way to get started is to center yourself before you begin sewing. Light a candle or some incense to focus your awareness. Plant your feet firmly on the ground. Close your eyes and take some slow, deep breaths in and out. Then address the task that you are about to perform. Say to yourself “I am aware that I am sewing.” Or, “I am aware that I am trimming HSTs for a quilt for _____”. Another way to practice is by creating a mantra for yourself to repeat as you sew. For example, “With each stitch I say a prayer for peace.” “With each stitch I bring healing energy to _____.” There are so many ways to be present and to be mindful. And there is no right or wrong way to do it. It is the intention behind the action that matters here.

As you practice creating with intent while you stitch, you will get better and better at it. It will begin to feel natural to you, and will bring you clarity and stillness while you create. You can do this with as many tasks as you’d like, and it will infuse little bits of mindfulness throughout your day. We promise in time you will feel a  transformation as you bring awareness to your craft. You will know yourself and your craft with greater intimacy. And it will foster a more authentic version of your creative self! Ohm!

Want more ideas on ways to bring mindfulness into your sewing time? Check out Nurture your creative practice—and grow your resilience and This 3-Minute Meditation Will Get You Centered Before Sewing.

1 thoughts on “What Does It Mean to “Create With Intent”?

  1. Pam says:

    You are absolutely right! When I am cleaning my space, there is tea and tunes, but when I’m cutting and machine piecing I need to focus on precision so I need some quiet. Hand quilting is a meditative practice for me and since I’ve been doing it for such long time, it comes naturally to me. I definitely get into a zone while stitching – I can’t imagine not having such a peaceful practice in my life.

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