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Bleep, Bleep, BLEEP, BLEEP! The alarm goes off, wake up! Out of bed, bathroom – brush your teeth, wash your face… Oh no, I’ve slept on my fringe funny, no time to straighten it. I’ll wet it down, hope it helps… Ok, so I need my lunch from the fridge, fill my water bottle, grab a banana and yogurt for breakfast. Have I forgotten anything??? Oh yes, my prep for the curriculum, can’t forget that. Grand just take out the rubbish and I’m off……..

Work: morning session – breakfasts/copybooks, free play, clean up breakfast, clean up free play, circle time, clean up chairs, Montessori work time, observations, first nappy change, clean up Montessori work….., wash hands for a snack, snack/copybooks, clean up a snack, outside play and set up beds for nap time, back inside wash hands, dinner/copybooks, second nappy change, nap time and sleep check, clean up dinner/clean room. Afternoon session – wake from a nap, third nappy change and copybooks, outside play and clean up beds, wash hands for a snack, clean up snack and copybooks, story time, outside play, and room clean, fourth nappy change and copybook, parents arrive, sign cleaning logs, lock up….

Home: shower, dinner, prepare for the next day, thoughts racing – did I remember to call that parent back? Prepare lunch for tomorrow, shoot I have that feeling I have forgotten something??? What was it…… shoot ……. Oh no…….

Mind starts to race………

HAVE I EVERYTHING I NEED READY FOR TOMORROW????!!……

Hmmm, OK, Breathe…Breathe…Breathe…Breathe…Breathe… I’ll take some time……..

Grabs crochet needle and wool. The wool is soft, welcoming, comforting…Ok, let’s just take it one step at a time. Breathe…Breathe…Breathe…Breathe… Begin with a slipknot, I wrap the wool around my finger in an ‘x’ space, and using the hook I grab the wool. In, out and pull. Breathe…..Breathe…..Breathe…..Breathe….

Single crochet for 8 stitches then turn, chain one and repeat for 8 stitches, then turn chain one and repeat single crochet for 8 stitches, Breathe…….Breathe…….Breathe…….

Then turn chain one and repeat for 8 stitches, then turn chain one and repeat single crochet for 8 stitches, then turn chain one and repeat for 8 stitches, then turn chain one and repeat single crochet for 8 stitches, then turn chain one and repeat for 8 stitches, Breathe…………………….. Breathe……………………… Then turn chain one and repeat single crochet for 8 stitches…

Thoughts become less and less, the focus becomes more and more. Crochet starts to drown out the nagging thoughts, the constant thoughts of worry that race through your mind just as the day turns to night and you need a good night’s rest. Crochet brings about a sense of meditation, the repetition is comforting, it is easy, it is gentle, it allows your mind to take a well-deserved break. But yet crochet still makes you feel like you have accomplished something, the time you have spent making a blanket or even just practicing a new pattern hasn’t been a waste of time. You feel an ease, a sense of joy, and simply grateful for the new project you have begun. Your mind has focused on one thing for a period of time rather than multiple anxious thoughts. This mindful moment you have created naturally through the practice of crochet.

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