100 Days for Mandalas – FLOATING – part 2

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Isn’t it interesting how sometimes art opens up  past experiences and reminds us of our life journey.  The inspiration word “floating” inspired an art journal book that made me remember my experiences of floating.  But it wasn’t until I was almost done with this book, that I remembered the most powerful floating experience I ever had.

My art journal book began with the image of a feather and the words: “I fly and I float free”.

 

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I have lived in cities on the big river for over thirty years.  First a few years in LaCrosse, Wisconsin, then eight years in Minneapolis, Minnesota and the last twenty three in Saint Louis., Missouri.  I have had numerous dreams of floating alone down the Mississippi.

 

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I was alone in these dreams, just letting the river carry me on.  The dreams weren’t frightening, although in “real” life I’m not sure I would want to float down the river.

 

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When I started the book I wasn’t remembering the most amazing floating experience I had.  I wrote the story down about when my dog fell through the ice at Forest Park in Saint Louis.  She ran onto the ice after some Canadian geese and fell into the open water past the edge of the ice.  I ran to the Boat House restaurant and the people there carried a ladder to the ice for me.  We put the ladder on the ice and I started walking out to get my dog.  I was near the top of the horizontally placed ladder when the ice broke and I fell into the water.  I floated for a moment and in that moment I felt an infinite sense of peace.  It was a split second but felt infinite.  The open water was an invitation to my dog to swim to shore.  I also made it to shore, not even cold although my down jacket, jeans and boots were soaking wet.

 

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My sweet dog Sarah is no longer part of my life.  She passed on a few months ago.  I am thankful for the many experiences we shared, even the day we both fell through the ice.

Let this meditation allow you to find the sensation of floating and opening to creativity: Mandala Meditation – Floating

Let go and allow your creativity to flow.

INSPIRATION WORDS FOR EACH TWO WEEKS:

– BALANCE

– RE-EMERGENCE

– GROWTH

– BLOSSOMING

-FLOATING (this week’s inspiration)

– FREEDOM

PLEASE SHARE YOUR MANDALA CREATIVITY –
Please share the mandalas and art journaling you create by sending an email with attachments of your art. Please use a high resolution – which can be a smart phone camera – with enough surroundings in the photo.  I can easily crop the image.  Please send to linda (at) creativityforthesoul.com.  Please use the @ sign and no spaces.

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