UAN’s Knitting Group
At Universal Angels Network (UAN), one of our overall goals is to spread seeds of loving compassion. In all we do, we desire to nurture souls by sharing wisdom and demonstrating unconditional love and compassion. In doing so, we hope that those who benefit feel gratitude and might be inspired to spread more love and compassion throughout the world. Operating from this core intention, we know that large ripples come from tiny pebbles.
In today’s chaotic, disposable society, we have a soft spot for two groups who share common challenges and needs:
Elderly people and children.
The elderly, while gaining wisdom from a lifetime of education and experience, simultaneously suffer the effects of declining motor skills and far too often, loneliness, especially as they witness and mourn the passing of friends and family members. Meaningful support and social connection is necessary to thrive as a human being, yet it can be quite challenging for those of us who lack the benefits of a nurturing family environment where shared knowledge and experience brings inspiration and hope for a brighter future. Childhood can be challenging enough for kids in healthy environments, but social isolation and a lack of positive role models often leads to extremely damaging consequences. One only has to watch the news to be reminded of the toxic stress and difficulties that young children face from violence in our culture, both in school and at home. Teen suicide rates continue to climb, as society debates the causes and cures.
Of course, social issues are complex and multi-layered, but sometimes it’s the simple ideas that can bring joy to an individual’s life. Ideas like UAN’s Angels’ Knitting Group.
Meeting on every second Saturday since March of 2018, the Angels’ Knitting Group brings together a group of dedicated adults and children who knit hats and scarves for Austin's homeless and formerly homeless residents at Community First Village. In addition to receiving the soul-nurturing benefits of working to serve others, the group reaps the cognitive and physical benefits of using rhythmic, repetitive hand movements that focus the mind and lead to a relaxed state, similar to meditation. Once beyond the initial learning curve, studies have shown that knitting can reduce heart rate, blood pressure and the stress hormone, cortisol, as well as provide a sense of creative fulfillment. Knitting is good for the mind, body and soul!
The dynamics of UAN’s knitting group setting, which includes current and retired educators, health professionals and psychologists, among others, manifests a symbiotic relationship between the younger and older participants. The older folks feel inspired by the youngsters’ energy and enthusiasm, while the kids benefit from a heartfelt connection with elders who offer sage advice and loving examples of compassion, all in a safe, fun and relaxed environment. Often, the roles are reversed, as UAN’s most patient and enthusiastic knitting instructor, Piper, is 12 years old!
At UAN, we are excited about the possibilities for our Angels’ Knitting Group, and we invite you and your children to join us. We sincerely believe that sometimes simply being in the presence of loving and compassionate souls who desire to help others, is all that is needed to ignite hope in someone who feels like giving up.
While knitting supplies are free for children, we ask for a small donation of $10 for adults to help offset the cost. Refreshments are provided.
For more information, please contact Marnie Roberson, at (512) 436-8105.