I like living. I have sometimes been wildly, despairingly, acutely miserable, racked with sorrow, but through it all I still know quite certainly that just to be alive is a grand thing.
Today the funerals for Wink at A Creative Being and my youngest son's former Middle School teacher are being held. Wink suffered from severe depression and took her own life. Sharon died from complications of malaria. Both unexpected. Both gone too soon.
Mandalas represent wholeness and are believed to be a cosmic diagram of life and our connection to the infinite. In celestial circles they represent earth, sun and moon; and in conceptual circles they represent friends, family and community.
I crocheted the colorful mandala in memory of Wink using one of her patterns.
It will be sent to Kathryn at A Crochet Concupiscence in California who has organized a project (#mandalasformarinke) to raise awareness about depression.
My cousin's wife took her own life in the early 80's leaving behind two young boys so I am well aware of the devastating consequences of loss to depression.
Crafters in the Instagram and blogging community have joined together to support the cause.
We will see two full moons this month. The second will be on July 31st. Those who follow astrological themes believe that the two weeks after a full moon, during it's waning phase, is a time for release.
"Choose your thoughts carefully. Keep what brings you peace, release what brings you suffering. And know that happiness is just a thought away."
Have a blessed day,