The rounds are getting larger, the stitches are getting more complicated, the pattern is becoming more intricate… but it is the insight I’m gaining that is developing into so much more than I could have ever hoped for.
The intent behind my Mindful Mandala project was supposed to be all about me – getting more in touch with why I love to crochet and hopefully more in touch with my place in the universe or whatever higher level of being or not being that you happen to relate to. I made a plan to pick my Osho Zen Tarot card for color inspiration and a focal point for some meditation and deep thought. The point of view I’ve been trying to adopt is one where I ‘take a step back’ when I’m feeling overwhelmed or stressed and try to appreciate the gift of Existence.
So what happens when I take a few more steps back and ‘be in someone else’s moment‘?
Shift your thinking – that’s an easy enough thing to practice. For this session of working with my Mindful Mandala, I shifted my perspective. I let my teenage daughter Madeline choose the card and the colors.
Mindful Mandala Osho Zen Tarot Color Inspiration – Existence
Inspirational and meditative excerpts from the Existence card.
You are not an accident. Existence needs you. Without you, something will be missing in existence and nobody can replace it. The naked figure sits on the lotus leaf of perfection gazing at the beauty of the night sky. She knows that ‘home’ is not a physical place in the outside world, but an inner quality of relaxation and acceptance. The stars, the rocks, the trees, the flowers, fish and birds – all are our brothers and sisters in this dance of life. We human beings tend to forget this, as we pursue our own private agendas and believe we must fight to get what we need. But ultimately, our sense of separateness is just an illusion, manufactured by the narrow preoccupations of the mind. Now is the time to look at whether you are allowing yourself to receive the extraordinary gift of feeling ‘at home’ wherever you are. If you are, be sure to take time to savor it so it can deepen and remain with you. If on the other hand you’ve been feeling like the world is out to get you, it’s time to take a break. Go outside tonight and look at the stars. (From Osho Zen Tarot – published by St. Martin’s Press)
I really love when things fall into place like there was no other direction for something to go in other than in that specific place. I especially love when symbolism falls into place. When synchronicity rules the day!
Sorry – I got dangerously close to the edge of sounding like a new-age, middle-aged philosophile (is that a word? It should be) in my CROCHET blog. I am rolling my own eyes to save everyone else the trouble. What I’m trying to say is she picked the perfect card and the perfect colors for rounds 16 – 24. These rows were very challenging and I had to pay very close attention – just like I need to do living with an artistic and sometimes overly sensitive teenager struggling with being almost an adult and not wanting to be a grown up. Yarn over!
Thanks for reading!
Crochet Project Notes – Mindful Mandala
Time to give credit where credit is truly due!