Mindful Mandala Rows 1 – 3

And so it begins……

I’m excited – I already know (and have) the colors that really popped for me with the Osho Zen Tarot card I chose. I set my Pandora station to Meditation Music. Got comfy. And then it only took about 20 minutes to finish the first three rounds. Hmmm was my big plan just foolish? Did I fool everyone into believing this was going to be an incredible life changing event? Was I a fool for thinking that I would be able to gain some insight into my life and how crocheting has made it better?mindful-mandala-1-3

(I think you might know where I’m going with this)

The card I randomly chose to start this project was The Fool. So is it really a foolish project?

Yup and I’m even more inspired by it now.

Mindful Mandala – Osho Zen Color Inspiration – The Fool

Inspirational and meditative excerpts from the definition of The Fool Card

the-fool-3A Fool is one who goes on trusting, a fool is one who goes on trusting against all his experience. You deceive him, and he trusts you; you deceive him again, and he trusts you. Then you will say that he is a fool, he does not learn. His trust is tremendous; his trust is so pure that nobody can corrupt it. Be a fool in the Taoist sense, in the Zen sense. Don’t try to create a wall of knowledge around you.

Moment to moment, and with every step, the Fool leaves the past behind. He carries nothing more than his purity, innocence and trust. At this moment the Fool has the support of the universe to make this jump into the unknown.

The Fool card indicates that if you trust your intuition right now, your feeling of the ‘rightness’ of things, you cannot go wrong. Your actions may appear ‘foolish’ to others, or even to yourself, if you try to analyze them with your rational mind. But the ‘zero’ place occupied by the fool is the numberless number where trust and innocence are the guides, not skepticism and past experience.mindful-mandala-1-3a


What did I learn/gain/find in completing rows 1 – 3 in twenty short minutes? A lot actually.

  • First – doesn’t it look like a Daffodil?!? That is my 2nd most favorite flower! Idaffodil noticed that right away.
  • Second – I like to think that I am a savvy, skeptical, “suffers no fools” kind of person – but the reality is I’M NOT. I trust too easily sometimes, I think of something like The Fool does, but then don’t do it because I’m afraid of needing to trust myself.
  • Third – going back to the Purpose of this project – It doesn’t matter how much time I spent on this – it’s that I spent time not just on it, but with it. Listened to some soothing music and sat in a comfy chair and touched my yarn.

Crochet Project Notes – Mindful Mandala

So now to make sure I cover the less eclectic points of this project. πŸ™‚

I am following the YouTube tutorial posted by It’s All in a Nutshell Crochet titled Mandala Madness. Β There are tons of Mandala patterns out there if this particular one seems to tricky or doesn’t strike your fancy.

I am using a size H/8 5.00mm hook and medium weight (4) yarn – that’s what I have the biggest quantity and color choices in my stash.

Remember – this is all about YOU and how you LOVE crochet or knitting or yarn or any craft. I chose the Osho Zen Tarot deck because I love it and the colors inspire me. Take your color palettes from what inspires you – nature, beaches, trees (yes I’m looking at you Teresa – My Side of the Story). I think that my second choice for color inspirations for this project would probably be in a liquor store – no judgement – I just love all of the fancy bottles and colors and textures, yes and the booze too!

Thanks for reading!

~Tami – Tanglewood Knots



13 responses to “Mindful Mandala Rows 1 – 3

  1. Liquor Store, lmao!! It’s really too bad we don’t live closer! Great job so far, you’re really getting me interested in this and I’m starting to have a hard time fighting off the desire to start it!

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