Going over and under vertical strands of
string, yarn, paper or other warp possibilities is fulfilling to
students. Why? Students cannot really explain it. They just
like to do it. It’s fun and they ‘pester’ to weave.
try to explain. The repetition, back and forth, is enjoyable.
Yes! Seeing the work progress in front of one’s eyes shows
accomplishment. Yes! It must be noted, however, that focusing
on a specific task, the shuttling back and forth motion and the
right to left and left to right motion of the hands tracked by
the eyes aids in EMDR (Eye Movement Desensitization and
ReprocessIng) therapy to help reprogram our brains to deal with
trauma. These same motions of weaving allows the right and the
left side of the brain to work together in a more productive
way. This is kinesiology in action. In a proper setting the
weaver is encouraged to enter a focused meditative way of being,
a way to be open to God. It is a sacred tool for
young people absorbed in their work, not in social conversation,
speaks to the meditative way of weaving. Therefore, I believe
weaving is very spiritual which is why I include it in a
“spiritual path” for young people.