Happy days are here again, the skies above are clear again!
I am very happy to report that the Universe has forgiven me and rows 30 through 34 were wonderful! I have to admit I was a bit anxious about spending time with my Mindful Mandala again. I was worried that maybe this is all a bunch of malarky and that I was just a sloppy crocheter using depressing colors on those last few rounds.
But that just simply isn’t true. I am a very good crocheter. When I crochet, my hook and my yarn are not just the tools that I use to create – they feel like extra fingers on my hands. I have never felt more confident than when I am crocheting.
The colors that I chose for the last session don’t feel depressing to me now. When I look at the Mandala I see balance, and I see honesty.
My stitch counts were spot on. The repeats were easy to get the hang of. My faith in my Mindful Mandala project is restored.
If you would like to catch up on my Mindful Crochet project click here – Mindful Mandala.
Mindful Mandala Osho Zen Tarot Color Inspiration – Slowing Down
Inspirational and meditative excerpts from the Slowing Down card.
The Knight of Rainbows is a reminder that, just like this tortoise, we carry our home with us wherever we go. There is no need to hurry, no need to seek shelter elsewhere. Even as we move into the depths of the emotional waters, we can remain self-contained and free from attachments.
It is a time when you are ready to let go of any expectations you have had about yourself or other people, and to take responsibility for any illusions you might have been carrying. There is no need to do anything but rest in the fullness of who you are right now. If desires and hopes and dreams are fading away, so much the better. Their disappearance is making space for a new quality of stillness and acceptance of what is, and you are able to welcome this development in a way you have never been able to before. Savor this quality of slowing down, of coming to rest and recognizing that you are already home. (From Osho Zen Tarot – published by St. Martin’s Press)
This was such a nice card. I’m sure there are better words to describe it, but somehow the simple word ‘nice’ seems to fit it best. It’s colorful, it’s very calming, it has both obvious and subtle symbolism. And it was the perfect next card for me to pick.
Here’s the thing – I don’t think this card was meant for me.
The day before I was planning on choosing a card I thought it would be interesting to let my husband choose it. It was an amazing experience when I let my daughter Madeline choose a card so I thought – why not let Patrick choose one.
And then I forgot to ask him to pick one. He went off to his Jiu Jitsu and then I remembered that I forgot. Now, when he is off learning how to choke people out I like to spend some quiet time with my mandala. So I picked the card. I usually leave the card right here on my desk next to my keyboard so I can look at it and do research on the definition and symbolic meaning on the card. We have a very large desk and Patrick’s keyboard is set up right here next to me (aren’t we cute!). That afternoon we were both sitting here at our workstations and he commented “Oh I really like that card.” I was so pleasantly surprised because I had not even told him that I was going to ask him to pick the card.
When I was reading the definition of the card there were some good meditative points, but these were lessons that I have been actively practicing for years. And then it clicked when he commented on the card – this IS his card (he normally doesn’t pay much attention to anything on my side of the desk)!
Patrick tends to get very restless – it’s not really boredom, it’s more impatience. Of course telling him about the symbolism of this card, and that I think he is the one it was pointing to just led to some scoffing and quick subject changing.
That’s fine. We are a team and I am a team player. I see this card as the Universe reminding me of how I need to focus my attention on him. Remind him to be patient, be mindful of what triggers his restlessness. Love him and show him daily where his home is.
I liked this card – it was nice.
Thanks for reading.
Crochet Project Notes – Mindful Mandala
Time to give credit where credit is truly due!
Written pattern and designer credit – Crystals and Crochet