How Working With Your Hands Changes You.


When you watch kids create something, it’s like watching an artist who is given complete permission to explore, experiment, and express. There’s no sense of censorship or fear of judgment…at least not until we’re a bit older.

Working with your hands just plain does something to you. It drops you into a place of pure creativity and consciousness. You become the process, you get lost in it. And that sensation is pure bliss.

But, as we get older, we tend to go to that place less and less. We leave our artist maker side behind. And, in doing so, leave a part of us behind as well.

This week’s Good Life Project Riff shares a story and an invitation. To reconnect with your soul through your hands. Jonathan offers up a near-tactile story about how, with no workshop and a modest NYC apartment, he started building tables as a way to not only express his jones to “make,” but also reconnect with that primal experience of pure creative consciousness.

And, in case you’re interested, here is one of the finished products, a little 150-pound table known as the Concrete Behemoth.

If you want to read the full story (and see pictures) on Jonathan’s blog, you can at


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