So I am typically not a big spiritual, zen type of gal. I sometimes wish I were. Might make life a little easier. I do, however, believe in God. I talk to Him everyday. (sometimes inadvertently like when I stub my toe) I think most believers think God lives in our hearts. I think he does too but I also think he's taken up some residence in our hands.
I don't remember the first time this happened to me, but it's happened to me since I was a small child and it happens with some frequency, I will be watching someone do something with their hands and I end up in sort of a trance like state. It relaxes me and I feel warm and fuzzy and...content. It's weird I know. I used to work for a bank and there was a woman there who, if I watched her run her fingers through all the trays of checks, I would nearly fall asleep. During a hair cut today, if it weren't for the uncomfortable sink I would have drifted off while having my hair shampooed, right there in the middle of the salon. Rolling Stones cranked, florescent lights blazing. Why is it when someone else brushes your hair it feels so good but you can't do that to yourself? I think it's because God is in their hands and He did that on purpose so we would keep needing each other.
So, to me anyway, it is logical to think the things we create with our hands have at least some divine sprinklings. Food we make for our family, stories we write, cars we fix to get us to work, walls we repair, and I think we can throw in artwork as a qualifier. So begins my series of posts here on this blog, of artists who create with their hands. They may not necessarily be clay artists but they all create, they all have talent I can only dream about and I am excited to write about them here. More to come.
UPDATE: I found out there is a name for this warm, fuzzy experience. It's called ASMR (Autonomous Sensory Meridian Response) and there are some bizarre videos on youtube dedicated to it.(I love the internet.) There is a whole community of people who experience it. (I'm not the only weirdo.) It is considered a psuedo science at this point since no one has studied it or been able to prove it exists but those of us with it know it's real.