Valerie's Crochet Mandala Rug 1

Valerie @thegirllovesyarn writes, “I sure hope that you (or someone) takes lots of pictures of this fantastic event. I hope that those of you who are there have fun and educate a lot of people about depression while celebrating the life of Wink.”

Valerie's Crochet Mandala Rug 2

After a year of posts, I’m almost done sharing every contribution to the Mandalas for Marinke project. (They will all be posted by the end of June). The next phase is to make the art show happen and I’m excited to begin the process of putting all of these amazing contributions on display! I will, indeed, take plenty of photos when it does happen and I’ll be updating you about the plans along the way.

Valerie's Crochet Mandala Rug 3

From far away this mandala, made from t-shirt yarn I believe, looks like it’s a simple neutral color. But as you get closer you can see that it is a two-colored yarn of purple and white. Beautiful. All of the mandala rugs contributed to this project will go to make a cozy crafting space when the art exhibit happens.

Valerie's Crochet Mandala Rug 4

Take a look back at Valerie’s original contribution to Mandalas for Marinke, in which she wrote, “Crochet gave me something to be proud of, when I felt like I had nothing else.”

Valerie's Crochet Mandala Rug 5

In that post, I shared some thoughts about mindfulness for depression. Recently I’ve been reading a book by David Richo about poetry for personal growth, and I love his description of the difference between mindfulness and imagination. It seems appropriate to share a portion of it here:

“What in meditation are distractions if we cling to them, in imagination are inroads into our creativity, and there we have the freedom to cling all we want. We let imagination take over where mindfulness leaves off. In mindfulness, we disable the default settings of the ego: the mind-sets of fear, desire, judgment, attachment, control, and illusion. In imagination, we play with these mind-sets creatively so that they become something new.”

I think that there are times we crochet for mindfulness and times that shifts and becomes playful imagination.

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