Enjoy the full moon this Friday on love day. Hope yours is full of love in a way that is most pleasing and good for you. Actually, I hope each and every day is that, and as much as possible! The first mandala was definitely an ode to St. Valentine’s day. No way around it, even though I am fond of hearts in my mandalas in general. This is one is an epiphany of that. I am very thankful for the love in my life. And for the loving relationships in my life as well!
What I have come to realize is that each time I sit down to draw a mandala, I am choosing to express, peer into and nurture my entire psyche. It a simple act that affirms my life…in the midst of chaos, tumult, confusion, peace, bliss, joy – in the midst of living in this current age – it is an act of mediation, meditation, conflict resolution, prayer, art, relaxation, play, rebellion and even enlightenment. In the face of the question, “Who am I, right now?”, my mandala answers, “This, and this, and this…and it is constantly changing.” The reality of the power I have, in free will and choice is further revealed as a miracle of co-creation with “what is”.
Winter is the perfect time to keep up on a mandala journal. Here are my latest:
Happy Chinese New Year of the Cloud or Wood Horse!
I was a guest blogger over at mappingthemystery today! It was for a series they are having where people write a letter to their younger self. Check it out: mappingthemystery.wordpress.com/2014/01/31/advice-journals-vol-5-chandra/
Check out my blog post about keeping a mandala journal here.
This New Year is happening at the same time as the New Moon is happening. That means double on the new beginning. I found myself struck with a happy thought of gratitude this morning, as I began thinking about what I wanted to accomplish today before the New Year begins. I thought to myself, “I love my magical life.” The mantra below grew from there.
I shared this mantra meme this morning at my other blog for my holistic integrative services: IntegrativeCreativeHealing.worpdress.com
If you enjoy this type of mantra/positive affirmation meme then be sure to subscribe to that site, where they will be shared regularly. Then you will receive them via email. I realize that life is an important mixture of being responsible, realistic and responsive; along with the consciousness that our thoughts, feelings and actions co-create our reality. Therefore, the mantra meme thing is something I love creating in order to uphold good vibes, thoughts, feelings. Also it utilizes my images and my words, which is another fun way to be artistic and express it.
What are you doing for the New Year to make way for the magic of your life?
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I didn’t expect to still see frogs this October at the marsh trail. But this last weekend plenty were out. And some didn’t mind if I took their photos.
At the marsh trail today. This was a once in a flash of a second shot. I thought I was getting a photo of the bee on the milkweed flowers with two funky bugs. When I uploaded it onto my computer I found that a smiling wasp (looks like a smile to me) had photo bombed it. Nice! Saw a lot of bees at the marsh today enjoying all the natural wild blooms, by the way.
This is from our garden. The bees are loving the milkweed flowers. Check out the ball of pollen on that leg! Milkweed flowers look neat close-up.
We have had lots and lots of rainy, cloudy days. This weekend the sun showed itself for a while. We took full advantage. Enjoying all that we can.
Miss Honey is an old dog. We don’t know how old. Pretty sure she is a beagle/terrier mix. When we rescued her from a county shelter she had lyme’s disease and her bladder was filled with large and small stones. She seemed old then. But then she had surgery, got medicine and got a whole lot better. They thought maybe she was 5 then. She became downright youthful and even rambunctious when meeting other dogs. That was about 8 years ago. Now she is more mellow on walks, but still gets super excited about them. She doesn’t act up around other dogs as much anymore. That is nice! It is partly because she often doesn’t hear them and partly because, after living with 3 cats for so long she is finally deciding that meeting a strange dog along the way is entertaining and refreshing. She didn’t know how to play (I taught her) when we adopted her. She has had huge anxiety when in a car (We believe that is because she was dumped – probably because of the bladder issue). Anyway, since then she has always maintained her inner puppy despite all of it. She kept her soft puppy ears, and despite some arthritis and fatty tumors, she still dances when she knows we will go for a walk, runs, smiles, and sings (as only Beagles can). We call her “Grandma Puppy”. Whenever people see her, old or young or in between, they call her a puppy. She has a ministry for people on walks. It is to draw out their child-like joy and unconditional love. I have seen the most walled up persons break down within seconds of greeting her, exclaiming, “A puppy!”
The photo of her below was on a recent hot day this Spring. She has black hair and she is older, so she doesn’t like to put up with the heat too long. We of course have shelter in our yard for her. However, dogs always have other plans to stay cool. I was mowing and not really paying attention to that. Finally, I found her digging a hole against the house. Another hole, I might add. She is hard of hearing, but I got up close and asked her what she was doing. This photo was the response, a clear and balanced mix of sheepish-ness and stubborn resolve. As if to say, “I am not kidding. It is hot. Either you let me in, or I continue to dig this hole right in front of you.” I let her in.
What is she saying to you in this photo?