It is well known that crocheting can help relieve stress and anxiety. So what do I do when my crochet projects become a source of stress and anxiety? I start a new project!
Yesterday, I was stressing out a little because I was beginning to worry that I wouldn’t be able to finish a couple of blankets that I’ve been working on before winter was over. Which made me start to stress out because I want to make my daughter a sweater/duster and I haven’t even started it yet. Then I started to stress out because I really want to make a woven plaid tartan afghan in my husbands family clan colors. Which made me stress out because I wanted to post a blog but couldn’t think of anything to write about.
And then I just stopped and took a step back – I love to crochet – it’s not work, it’s not a task, it’s not supposed to be a source of stress.
My list of planned or promised projects will not get shorter. I will always have too many works in progress. My strategy of not starting a new project until I finish an old one was becoming increasingly harder to maintain. My attempt to control my crocheting priorities by making lists, which normally helps me focus, wasn’t working. It was time for me to crochet for the love of crocheting, for the comfort of feeling soft yarn, for the sense of happiness that it brings me to create something beautiful from a hook and some yarn.
It was time for me to make a Mandala. Not just make a Mandala – I will make a mindful Mandala. It will be an intentional and indefinite work in progress. I will work on it slowly and mindfully. I will listen to soft music while I work on it instead of trying to watch television and count at the same time.
Crochet Project Notes – Mindful Mandala
Choosing Colors for my Mindful Mandala
Years ago, in my more eclectic days, I bought a deck of tarot cards that were different than my standard Rider-Waite tarot deck. The images, colors, and symbolism of this new deck took my breath away. These were not the old – tell your future, soothsayer type cards – they were a tool to help you gain insight through meditation.
The Osho Zen Tarot deck is beautiful. The cards are beautiful, the meanings and symbolism of the cards are beautiful. This will provide the inspiration for my Mandala color choices.
I will achieve Mindful Crochet by choosing a random card, choosing the colors that speak to me from that card, and really – I mean really – think and meditate on the meaning and symbolism of the card as I crochet.
To start my new Mindful Crochet project I picked my first card – The Fool. I’m sure now that this will be good. The Fool Card indicates that if you trust your intuition right now, your feeling of the ‘rightness’ of things, you cannot go wrong.
I’m hoping this will be a meaningful project. I’m hoping that I will learn some new stitches and something new about myself. If nothing else I will have a WiP that doesn’t stress me out and maybe someday I will have a beautiful Mandala.
I might even start my first round on my Mindful Mandala today – but then again I might not. 🙂
Thanks for reading!
~Tami – Tanglewood Knots