It's easy to be out of it.
Out of touch with our hands, that is. Out of touch with handcraft, with picking up raw materials and transforming them into art.
Make something with your hands so you can feel:
...the uncertain way you hold a paintbrush when you're new at it again
...your left hand remembering how to hold the yarn to cast on stitches, even if your right hand forgot the steps in the knitting dance
...the sensation of friction as you pull thread through a piece of fabric
...the slippery cool of paint on your fingers
...the intelligence in your fingertips as they search a piece of wood for roughness
...the surrender of a piece of paper to folds and creases, the exact sharpness of a fresh, cut edge
...the way touch and thinking initially compete for attention, and thinking tries to convince you to let your hands be idle.
Persevere. Stick it out.
Eventually touch takes over and you are present, with your hands, in a moment of creative pleasure.
Be hands on today.
Hear me say these words out loud: