Seat Weaving and Meditation have a lot in common.
When you weave a chair seat, before you know it, you may find that you’re “in the zone”.
You become relaxed, you forget about your problems and your concentration is focused on the project in front of you.
As you weave the reeds over and under, or thread cane through a hexagonal chair caning technique, you may experience a state of deep rest that’s similar to meditation.
As with the practice of other crafts like quilting, stitchery and basket weaving, your blood pressure may lower while your breathing becomes more even, your heart rate lowers and muscle tension relaxes too.
Like the results of meditation, seat weaving and other crafts may have the added value of decreasing your risk of dementia while increasing your health and well being.
It’s no surprise to us that seat weaving and crafts also boost your creativity and enhance your problem-solving skills in the same way that solving a puzzle does.
When you’re weaving a seat, you follow the pattern that enables the chair weave to take shape. The weaving requires concentration and that concentration is rewarded by the finish product. The finish product, in turn, makes us feel good through a feeling of accomplishment and well being.
Perhaps best of all, when we practice seat weaving with friends in a social setting, it strengthens our relationships. Aren’t these great reasons for seat weaving and chair caning?