In today’s fast-paced world, where productivity and efficiency are prioritized above all else, we often overlook the beauty of taking things slow and focusing on the details.
However, there are still those who give us an example of presence, awareness, and attention to the individual object, to the single gesture: those are the artisans.
Artisans are not just makers of beautiful things. They are individuals who put a part of themselves, their time, and their own story into every artifact they create, releasing a creative energy that we can feel in their products.
Their work is not just a job; it is a reflection of their identity, their values, and their purpose.
Handmade…how much meaning is there in this word!
In a somewhat simplistic way, one could think of a manual activity as a form of distraction, of estrangement, but instead it’s time for us to connect with our deepest self.
In the process of making something with our own hands, we enter a state of mindfulness, where we are fully present in the moment, and our attention is focused on the task at hand.
As we repeat small and meticulous gestures, we become more attuned to the nuances of our work and are able to bring our full creative potential to the task. This results in a product that is not only beautiful but also imbued with a sense of purpose and meaning.
Awareness is a spiral that turns upward only. In the journey of awareness there is never a turning back, it is not possible.
Making by hand makes us aware that what we do has an impact.
Moreover, the artisanal approach to life goes beyond the act of creation. It is a way of being in the world, where we are fully aware of our actions, the impact we have on reality, and the choices we make every day.
By being mindful of our surroundings, our relationships, and our environment, we can cultivate a deeper sense of connection and purpose in our lives.
So, maybe the time has come to start making again.
By embracing creativity, craftsmanship, and mindfulness, we can create a world that is not just efficient but also beautiful, purposeful, and meaningful.