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LISTENING – This is the second part of the two week period for 100 Days for Mandalas.  A time for listening – to what we  normally don’t hear.  Listening not only with our ears but also with our bodies and our souls.  Listening by being open, open to receiving.  Receiving with open hearts.

STILL AT THE SPEED OF HEALING – Being confined to my first floor and getting out of the house with my walker for a stroll in my front garden, is pretty much what is going on in my life.  Alright I confess, watching Project Runway and a BBC series called Lark Rise To Candleford has been part of my routine too.  But a person  would think I would have lots of time to do things like get my blog out on Mondays, which has been my plan.  But somehow this healing time zone puts time into a new rhythm – very slow.  And it’s seems during this time that creativity can’t be pushed or rushed.  So here it is Thursday.

MANDALA AS PART OF MY HEALING PROCESS

These mandalas for these last two weeks have been very healing.  I have been listening.  To my body, emotions and something deeper. I have been able to explore the “good and bad” of what happened when my knee cap was broken.  The “good” parts are – hey it could have been way worse, broken teeth, concussion, permanent injury, surgery, etc.  The “bad” parts are – l was injured because of  negligence of others, worrying about healing and how long it will take,  cancelling a trip to England,  lose of work for months, pain and more to come, boredom, feeling confined.  So I go back and forth.

These  mandalas have allowed me to listen and explore my feelings and brought me deeper into healing.  I shared two in last weeks blog, here are four more.

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My last long hike, near San Fransisco with family and dog.  I want to return – soon – to hike the beach and see the ocean.  The stone is from this beach. My son and daughter-in-law are in the photo I took.

 

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I miss digging in my garden.  I miss being in my garden, it centers and heals me.   I can cut and weed at the edges in front, but mostly I look out the window at the front and back gardens.  I hear them calling to me.  This is a photo of my favorite zinnia – Queen Lime Red.  I planted seeds and this is one of the flowers.

 

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I want my bones to mend so they are strong like a brick wall and alive like a kitten.  This is a print of a painting I did a long time ago.  I want my hands and the hands of others who are helping me, to be healing hands.

 

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I am sad I am not going to England where I would be with my dear friend visiting gardens, like Sissinghurst where I took this photo on my last trip there.  My husband had lots planned for time in London, and we even missed a real “football” game that our friends have season tickets for.  Another trip will be planned.  Hopefully then we can get tickets to Highgrove, the home and gardens of Prince Charles. This trip we tried to get tickets too late.  We will be back to England.

Next week I will share how I have bound these mandalas into a book.

LISTENING PROMPT AND MEDITATION

Allow a space of silence in your life.  Listen deeply through all your senses, through your soul.  Let the listening bring you guidance and creativity. Express the mysteries of your life in what you hear, in your mandalas.

MANDALA MEDIATION  –  Mandala Meditation Listen

INSPIRATIONS
Again here is the list of inspirations for this session.  Use them to help inspire your creativity, or just create mandalas as your creative spark guides you.

REMEMBER – August 19 – September 1

PAUSE – September 2 – September 15

LISTEN – September 16 – September 29

AWAKE – September 30 – October 13

RECEIVE – October 14 – October 27

DREAM – October 28 – November 10

HOME – November 11 – November 24

 

SHARING OF MANDALAS –
These mandalas were created by  Nancy Kibens.

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This mandala was inspired by the word PAUSE.

 

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Nancy started this REMEMBER mandala during last months Mandala Get Together. It shared the contrasts of life in the words and colors.

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Nancy shared how mandalas have helped in her healing of grief in a previous blog post.  This mandala was created after that blog post, when Nancy felt anger as part of her healing.

PLEASE SHARE YOUR MANDALA CREATIVITY –
Please share the mandalas and art journaling you create by sending me 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.

ENJOY AND CREATE

 

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