Comfort from beauty
It’s all Yo-Yo Ma, the great cellist’s fault. Recently at the end of a PBS newscast he talked about his soul-searching response to the pandemic. He wanted so much to reach out, to comfort others. Since music is a part of his essence, he then played a Dvorak piece on the cello.
Also wanting to help others, I searched my soul. Stretching his idea of comfort from music, I thought of other arts: poetry, other writing, painting, and so on. Then it struck me: weaving! It is something I do on a simple lap loom that is therapeutic, centering, peaceful, and yes, like a prayer. I love picking the colors and the beauty of the end product.
There is a vulnerability in my sharing this hobby, but vulnerability is good, isn’t it? You may want to try it.
Share your ways of making beauty in the comments.