Today’s beautiful floral crochet mandala for the Mandalas for Marinke project comes from Monique Lubberink from Easy Now Mindfulness, which is a one-woman-business in New Zealand, through which she gives mindfulness training, mindfulness parenting skills, workshops, etc. She formerly worked in The Netherlands as a psychologist for adults with ADHD and / or autism spectrum disorders.
“I read on The Crochet Crowd Facebook page about how depression had taken another precious life, I didn’t know Marinke but I went to her blog and loved her immediately.
She was Dutch, just like me! She had autism, which runs in my family. I could understand her struggles. And it made me even more sad.
Making the mandala, using her design, was just a natural next step. I learned from her blog how to best finish off and to start new colors. So, with every other project I make, I will be remembering Marinke.
There is still a lot of ignorance out there about mental illness, and if this project helps to take that away, that would be great. Crochet is a great activity that settles your mind and is relaxing. I just read an article about how crochet and the repetitive movements help the brain make more serotonin, which helps to decrease feelings of depression.
I have always loved crochet. I sell the odd objects on Facebook, and I like connecting to other people the best! There is a big loving global crochet community, and this is a fantastic thing.
My message to Wink’s family is that I feel so sad for her loss. If her legacy helps other men and women in their struggles, I hope that this can comfort them.”
Easy Now Mindfulness can be found on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram. Monique can also be found as Yoga Sandals NZ on Facebook.
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I’ve included crochet mindfulness exercises in my book Crochet Saved My Life. There are more of them in my upcoming book, Hook to Heal, including the use of Wink’s basic 12-round crochet mandala pattern as a tool for meditation. I love the way it involves crocheting in the round, adding a count to each repetition from round to round, increasing gradually. It’s so soothing and one of the most meditative crochet projects I’ve ever done.