Benefits of wood carving
Wood carving also takes a person through a relaxing and peaceful carving process to come up with a beautiful piece of art. It has a great impact on body, mind and spirit as it demands thoroughness, focus, patience, and vision for something to be carved out from wood with someone’s own idea and vision.
However, let’s talk about multiple benefits of wood carving including physical, mental and spiritual wellbeing and ultimate productivity in the society and nations.
Impact on body
Modern era is an age of technology. People are too busy and exhausted to deal with a stressful and boring modern lifestyle. We often ignore the needs of the body and soul and their connection with spirituality. These gaps in turn profoundly impact on our ability to rationally deal with technology-based mechanized life through a peaceful and productive manner. As a result, we get depressed and lack self-esteem to effectively deal with worldly miseries in the long-run.
While one can ventilate such pains and manage stresses by getting engaged in precious art work like wood carving. The design comes out from wood carving makes a person happy, proud, and confident. It’s evident that different kinds of crafting including carving are categorized as joyful activities associated with mental therapy at old homes to get rid of anxiety and stress.
Impact on mental state
It is Really like that. I can say from my personal experience that I am fully here and now. I fully concentrate on the product I am carving and I leave all the judgements behind. There is only me, tools, wood and my feels. I am fully focused. I usually forget time, which runs so fast while wood carving.
We often ignore the inherent characteristic of our body which has the ability to create something beautiful. But if we engage ourselves in creating something, our body automatically synchronizes with our mind. And it generates a great amount of positive emotions which works like a healing process of emotional barriers and transforms to a positive and creative personality.
It’s a very common behavior or emotional expression among the people with mental disorders that they find it extremely difficult to rationally deal with routine life and activities. Wood carving helps a mentally disturbed person establish a focus and reinforce the mind to be able to process things. Thus it employs a sense of connection between the person and the surroundings. Finally it rejuvenates the mental state of the person leading to a positive emotional transformation and mental alertness and stability. A study titled “A phenomenological study of the therapeutic benefits of Woodcarving ” published by Graeme Hamilton, revealed that the participants who got involved in the wood carving tasks reported it as peaceful and uplifting stimulants. This study suggested that wood carving is one of the common kinds of arts in every country and people can get involved and feel connected, irrespective of their backgrounds and cultures.
When a carving task takes place, one gets fully involved, concentrated in creation and feels relaxed. It helps get rid of stress, anxiety, and feeling of isolation. Wood pattern, its colors, aesthetic look, and carving process help a person shift his mind set, depression and connect with the whole atmosphere. One’s mind gets reinvigorated as much as it connects with natural entities and that leads to the spiritual development through touching, smelling and working with the object directly.