“The real voyage of discovery consists, not in seeking new landscapes, but in having new eyes.” — Marcel Proust
What does that have to do with spinning? During tonight’s spinning practice, I was watching the wool go into the twist, and noticing how many fibers were there, and seeing little clumps and fixing them (mostly) before it was too late. And I realized that I was seeing what I was doing with a new level of understanding. I remembered that Proust quote and thought about how it applies to learning new things, as devotion leads to experience, which leads to new depths of understanding and, circularly, to new levels of devotion.
I have experienced this with metal work – learning to recognize what I am looking at, and what it means, is deeply satisfying. This work with fiber, spinning, is the same.