“If a cluttered desk is a sign of a cluttered mind,
of what, then, is an empty desk a sign?”
― Albert Einstein
“The world as we have created it is a process of our thinking.
It cannot be changed without changing our thinking.”
― Albert Einstein
I love to crochet and knit. It allows me a few moments in time to let my thinking settle down into stitches and patterns of stitches and not think about life, the Universe and everything. When I’m feeling unsettled and overwhelmed or even a little down, picking up yarn and hook or needles recalibrates my mind and my emotions. Everyone I know who is happy and productive has something in their lives that they do to acheive the needed state of mind and emotional balance to continue on.
I’m doing something new this year with my crochet. I’m doing a CAL (Crochet Along). It will take several weeks, maybe the whole year to complete the project. The photo above is just the first week. I have the pattern rows to continue one for the second week that I’ll start today adding to this project. I was first attracted to this concept by the mandalas that were being created with crochet by various artists.
This is the Mandala called Sophies Garden that I saw from the CAL from last year and spurred me on to trying out this years CAL:
The beginnings of these fantastic designs are simple and straight forward. Row by row each week a new design element is introduced and before you know it you are creating a beautiful work of art with yarn and hook. These amazing mandalas speak to me not only as an art form but a creative meditation form.
All crochet is building on one simple stitch: the chain stitch. How you link the chains together, how you combine colors and form, how you express beauty whether functional or not is the best this art form has to offer. Such is life. One chain at a time, one link at a time, one expression at a time, one thought at a time, one deed at a time we each build our lives from the clutter of our minds and hearts.
Spend some time with your mind and heart and let the beauty within you come out and share it with those around you. That is how you create and manifest the life you want to live.
And then there are Zen Doodles. I haven’t tried this yet but it looks like fun and a way to let your creative mind explore on paper with pen, ink, pencil, paint, whatever. Enjoy: