"Because it's not love to be static like the desert, nor is it love to roam the world like the wind. And it's not love to see everything from a distance, like you do. Love is the force that transforms and improves the Soul of the World. When I first reached through to it, I thought the Soul of the World was perfect. But later, I could see that it was like other aspects of creation, and had its own passions and wars. It is we who nourish the Soul of the World, depending on whether we become better or worse. And that's where the power of love comes in. Because when we love, we always strive to become better than we are.”                          _paulo coelho, the alchemist                                                                                                                                             

This is a quote from one of my favorite books and is best suited to explain why I have decided to start a blog. Like most, I have toyed with the idea for many years but could never quite commit to what it was I wanted to write about (lets be real, I was also completely terrified of making a fool of myself!). Recently I noticed that what I can write about has been unfolding under my nose all along…

It has been quite the journey in the last few years, navigating through a career change which brought me back to school get my masters in textile design, traveling the world meeting the most incredible people and eventually settling overseas in Germany for work. What started out as a minor career change, ended up being a majorly life changing journey! 

While studying textile design at Philadelphia University, I fell in love with the process of creating things with my hands. Weaving, along with other forms of textile production, quickly became an obsession. What I didn’t realize in the moment was that it was so much more than just textile design knowledge that I was gaining, there was a huge spiritual growth happening behind the scenes. The year I entered grad school was one of many changes, and in many ways it allowed myself to go within to really figure out who I was as a person. At the same time I started grad school, I also noticed that this spiritual side began to open up. During this time I began attending meditations, mandala workshops, and reiki shares.

While reflecting back on my grad school experience I realized that each step of learning how to weave, and getting to work with my hands, was all part of this spiritual journey. Creating a warp, dressing a loom, and weaving, is a slow and tedious process. It is also an extremely mediative process. And much like life, each time you set up a new warp you get better at it, but with new yarns and new structures you also learn from new mistakes. It never really gets easier, it is a different experience each time, but somehow the knowledge from the time before helps you through it. Healing through creation is what I practiced for three years of grad school, and everyday since. Realizing this connection of textiles (art) and healing (spirituality) has inspired me to share with the world two of my most favorite things. I hope my perspective on these topics can bring you joy, insight and inspiration.

 
Sam Fletcher_ about me

 

where i am from_ USA, Jersey girl 

my song of the moment_ Cant Keep It In by Cat Stevens

next trip_ Ireland for the first time with my best friend

favorite podcast_ Super Soul Sunday

current read_ Moonology: Working with the Magic of Lunar Cycles by Yasmin Boland

what i am eating as i type this_ eggplant parm, yum!

 

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