Today I finished planting my garden. It’s the last on the list of the many gardens I work in. Before digging in the dirt I took some mandala photos of the garden and flowers that touch my heart and share my time.
It was the weekend of Earth Day. A guided meditation connecting Mother Earth to our creative centers started the evening of our mandala circle.
It was a charm* of hummingbirds that called to my son and me as we heard the hum of wings. Although the tulips and daffodils were lovely, the hedge full of humming wings most captured our attention and awe.
Flower Freeze. Tonight winter comes back with 20 degrees F. Spring was here all winter and the flowers grew.
“Deep in their roots, all flowers keep the light.”
For those new to a month for mandalas – please open this link and read the beginning of blog which explains it all. This is the last in the 4 part series LIGHT.
The Light of Creativity. The way we bring our light into the world is through our creativity. Our light shines most brightly when we are centered and connected to the source of our inner light.
The Light of Our Hearts. Our brightest light shines from our hearts.
“Nothing can dim the light that shines from within.” Maya Angelou
There is light from within and light that shines upon us. Our light comes from deep within our soul, from the womb of our being
STANDING UP FOR TRUTH “What you love is the cure” is an African proverb. How can my love for (fill in the blank) cure my life and the world?
Sharing Truth Tea. How I can go forward. A Month for Mandalas. Truth in Kinship – Family, Friends, Community, Creation, Creator.
A Month for Mandalas. There are ways to know and find our truths. Because we are nature, we can find our truths there.
A Month For Mandalas is a time of creative inspiration and expression. TRUTH is the inspiration for this session. Where do we find our own deepest truths, how do we know them and how do we go forward with them? Let your creativity be your guide.
There are many song nature sings that we cannot hear. Each plant, insect, animal and all of creation has its own vibrations.
Monarchs butterflies have their own song. I can’t hear the songs monarchs sing to the plant that it is married to, milkweed.
The Winter Solstice takes place at 4:44 am my time, December 21st.. The longest darkness, the shortest light. A birthing of light that grows.
I was totally delighted when I walked into my daughter-in-law’s kindergarten and first grade classroom recently. There were beautiful mandalas hanging in the air.
I recently created a set of pottery bowls inspired by the beauty of a glaze called Malcolm Davis Shino. Clay and pottery transformed and healed the life of Malcolm Davis after a time of great political turmoil in which he was intimately involved
Once a month I hold a mandala circle at my home art studio. The mandala makers who come to share in this sacred circle of creativity always bring their light of creativity into the world.
It was some times hard to explain what the workshop was about. It was titled Creating Sacred Space In The Garden – Planting Prayers offered at Kanuga during the Faith, Art and Creative Expression conference in late August.
Although it’s a few days past, I want to rename the Harvest Moon, the Persimmon moon. On Sept. 23rd, the day of the full Harvest Moon, I created a persimmon mandala to honor the time of year and the time of sweet harvest.
I love how mandalas inspire kids and adults. This blog shares mandalas from children as young as preschoolers to adults as young at heart as any child.
I am getting ready to leave in a few weeks for North Carolina to teach my course “Creating Sacred Space in the Garden” at Kanuga, a spiritual retreat center outside of Asheville.
Our mandala circle took place the night the world found out about the Orlando shootings. The mandala art created was about finding a way to peace, healing and stopping the hate.
These mandalas were created and inspired by a mandala circle of shared creativity and a meditation honoring silence.
I miss making mandalas with art materials. Instead I’ve created some “driveway mandalas”. It is busy springtime when my life and driveway are filled with flowers and plants
My wish and joy is that this online space be an embrace of mandala community and sharing. I have no idea how wide and far this web of Creativity For The Soul spreads. I love to share mandalas created in workshops, circles and sent to me from near and far.
For decades I’ve wanted to travel to Esalen, take a workshop and immerse myself in this unique Big Sur land of delights, dreams and depth. The delights are the land, waters, air, light and their gifts. The dreams are the calling from dreamtime at night, and the […]
Soon I’m leaving for a to a place I’ve wanted to go for decades – Esalen in Big Sur, California. There I want to settle into a deeper place in the center of my heart and the center of our earth’s heart.
Spring is almost here. There are a few flowers blooming in St. Louis now. Their small flowers are a joy, but their small size sometimes isn’t enough.
Teaching at Kanuga F.A.C.E conference. Little did I know it would be a life-changing journey to my own and other’s deep creative heARTs.
Mandalas and meditation were shared during my last mandala circle at my home studio. The circle of sharing also goes out into the world and comes back via the internet. Here are some shared mandalas created from near and far.
I want the new year to be an inspiration to remember what calls to me from the depths of my soul. Reminders help me listen to what feels right on the deepest level, what brings joy and what stirs to action.
In this time of increasing light, let your inner light shine brightly. A Month for Mandalas, session two was about connection to nature’s elements. This is the last connection to the elements – fire.
A Month for Mandalas, session two, is about connection to nature’s elements. Here are the mandalas honoring and becoming one with air and earth.
A Month for Mandalas, session two, which ended a few weeks ago, was about connection to nature’s elements. Here are the mandalas honoring and connecting with water.
A Month for Mandalas – Loving Water
Planting Mandalas, Mindfullness & Prayers – Connection to Creativity & Nature.
Each week is inspired by one of the four elements: earth, air, fire and water. Water is this week’s inspiration.
Loving Fire – A Month For Mandalas. This is the third week of A Month for Mandalas – Session Two – Planting Mandalas, Mindfullness & Prayers – Connection to Creativity & Nature.
A Month For Mandalas – Loving Air. Air is this week’s inspiration. In ancient India there was a way of connecting breath to the earth with the basic unit of time being 4 seconds or one prana.
Loving Earth – A Month for Mandalas. The earth is our mother. It is our home, the home to all creatures who live on its surface. We are one with this earth. Planting Mandalas, Mindfullness & Prayers – Connection to Creativity & Nature.
Planting Mandalas, Mindfullness & Prayers – Connection to Creativity & Nature.This is the invitation and a beginning for A Month for Mandalas – Session 2. This blog explains what it is all about.
Here is a book made of round mandala pages and a special mandala box. I made these as examples of what I will be teaching next summer at the 2016 F.A.C.E. (faith, art and creative expression) Conference.
The last mandala circle get together was about an hour away at the home and prairie of Christine and Gary. The ten acres of restored and loved prairie and woods are called “Earth Mirrors”. It’s a mirror into the soul and long history of the land and those who care and cared for it.
I’m back home after an incredible journey that was deep and wide. A journey that opened new doors of creativity, community and connection. Sometimes it is hard to get grounded after such an experience. For me, it is spending time in the garden that gives me grounding and welcomes me home.
I leave in less than a week for Kanuga near Asheville, North Carolina to teach a week-long course titled “Entering the Sacred Through Images, Words, Nature & Gardens”. Kanuga is a 1400 acre Episcopal retreat center. I can’t wait.
I love creating mandalas on paper, but I also love putting these images on other surfaces. Shrinky Dinks are a plastic that shrinks to 1/3 its original size when it is “baked” in the oven
The mandalas I’ve recently created will be part of a larger series. The theme is “Hands of Energy Mandalas”. Just as each finger has its unique print, the unique energy of each person can be portrayed in their hands.
In years past I’ve received emails from the Missouri Botanical Gardens saying “the sacred lotus are blooming”. I haven’t seen the email yet this year. I hope it isn’t too late. Lotus is one of my favorite plants. Not only for its beauty, but for its spiritual meanings.
In April I attended the one day Pow Wow at Washington University in St. Louis. There were many mandalas there. This was the 25th annual Pow Wow organized by the Center for Native American Studies
This is the last week of 100 Days for Mandalas – Session 5 – The Gifts of Our Soul. It is a time for reflection. A time to find the essence of the entire session. That essence is “I am” and “We are”.
I am inspired by the creativity of those who come to learn about and experience mandalas in my workshops. A few weeks ago I had an all day workshop that showed me the we are all creative beings who are unique, perfect and “enough” in each expression.
April 25th, Art & Craft fundraiser for VSA (Vision, Strength, Access – Arts for People with Disabilities) at Living Arts in Maplewood, MO, 2814 Sutton Blvd 63143. Creativity For The Soul art.
Unleash your heart
Go deep within
Hear the beat of enough
“To dare is to lose one’s footing momentarily,not to dare is to lose oneself.” Søren Kierkegaard. VULNERABLE & COURAGEOUS– These go hand in hand.
“The authentic self is the soul made visible” Sarah Ban Breathnach. One way I feel that connection is by looking and seeing nature…I now have a new way of looking with a smartphone, tablet camera app that lets me create mandalas with the camera.
Have the courage to follow your heart and intuition.
They somehow already know what you truly want to become.
Everything else is secondary. Steve Jobs
“Show up and be real”, part of the theme of Authentic Living, inspired a Mandala Mobile and other Mandalas during a Mandala Circle.
What feels authentic to me? Needing to play, express and go deep within. Needing to share those things with others. Mandalas and meditation are the vehicles that take me on that journey. A mandala is a sacred circle that embraces creativity. It can be any image within that sacred circle.
Can you remember who you were, before the world told you who you should be.
As we journey through life there are helpers who are there for us. Some are people, some are angels in the real sense and other like angels. Inspiration and guidance come in many forms. Often a rock found along a path calls
This is week five of 100 Days for Mandalas. The theme for the last two weeks is “JOURNEY”. And boy what a journey this mandala took me to
My mandala was inspired by the theme of JOURNEY for this three week session. Walt Whitman’s words bring to mind the fact that each of us is on a journey that only we can make. Although others join us on our journey, it is ours alone.
My mandala was inspired by the words of Mary Oliver. Sometimes there is an ache in the heart for the beauty of this earth. It is almost too much. Not the violence, heartache, horror. But the beauty that is too much to take in. Sometimes it feels like my heart isn’t big enough to give the love it deserves.
Today is a snow day for me. I often work in gardens in the winter with my helpers. Today it is too cold with a thin cover of snow. So I have the gift of unscheduled time, a day to be slow, in the moment and dream about blooming gardens that I’m missing
“Our deepest fear is not that we are inadequate. Our deepest fear is that we are powerful beyond measure.” (Marianne Williamson) This is the second week of 100 Days for Mandalas. It is a time to be inspired to delve into the deep creativity that reveals the mystery of who we are and guides us on our life journey.
The Gifts of Our Souls – We all have gifts of our authentic being that we are here on earth to share; with ourselves, others, the world and beyond. These gifts are the gifts of our true selves.
Sharing of inspiration and creativity is what this blog is all about. I am always so thrilled to share the creativity of others. My monthly mandala circle get togethers are always a delight and amazement when other mandala makers create works of depth and beauty. Here are the first mandala sharings of this new year.
I didn’t know about the healing crowns that are being drawn and painted onto the bald heads of those who have lost hair because of chemotherapy treatments or alopecia, until a mandala maker friend Gail Haverdill sent me photos of her “Mandala Crown”
As I write this , it is almost 24 hours before the winter Solstice at 5:03 pm in St. Louis. When the Solstice takes place the axis of the earth is tilted so the north pole is furthest from the sun. Daylight is shortest for the year on this day. The journey to more light begins after this moment.
Last summer I started making a dinnerware set for ten. I had made a few pieces of slab built rustic pottery decades ago. Little did I know I would be part of an Arts & Craft sale on Small Business Saturday, November 29th from 10 -4, 2814 Sutton Blvd Maplewood, MO 63143 at my friend Kelly’s Living Arts Studio in Maplewood, Missouri.
I never know how far the reach of my blogs is. I am always surprised and delighted when I hear from other mandala makers and creative folks…
Sharing Mandalas and creativity is always part of this blog. The Month for Mandalas that started on Sept. 22nd has officially ended, but still lives on with mandalas shared.
Remember you are a holder of the Light. There is a burning light inside of all of us. It shines from within to guide the light of life on this planet. That light connects us to Creator and creation.
A Month for Mandalas – Week 4 – Remember Prayer. Remember connection with the Divine. Remember open heart to give and receive.
Remember Silence. The quiet of inner sanctuary. The silence of inner truth. The silence of soft. The silence that is the foundation of all the is manifest. The silence between the notes of a song.
I haven’t been taking time this year to photograph flowers from my garden as the flower mandalas they are. These are flower portraits that show the amazing details of their mandalas shapes …. When I do this my heart hurts from the intensity of beauty I see. I am reminded that at every moment this beauty is there and yet I am seldom aware of it and wonder why I am not in a perpetual state of amazement.
A Month For Mandalas – Week 2 – Remembering the Truth of Your Soul. We all have truths of who we are, who our authentic self is, what gifts we bring to the world are, what passions feed our souls. These truths are always inside of us, at our deep true core. In the quiet, in the flow of creativity these truths whisper to us. Remember them for they are always there.
This is the first day of the first week for A Month For Mandalas. Today is the day of balance of earth’s day and night, the equinox. It is a day of remembering our balance, of light and dark. The theme of this Month for Mandalas is Remember. Remembering the dreams of your soul, remembering the whispers and shouts of your true self.
A Month For Mandalas is a time of creative inspiration and expression. This first session of a month long mandala making time, will begin at the time of transition when the balance of night and day is equal – Monday September 22nd.
Rain is what nourishes us, the land, the waters and life. I am so thankful for the rains of this year where I live. I would like to send some to the parched lands. This mandala book is a rain prayer for the dry lands and the dry hearts we sometimes have.
The words of John Muir and Rachel Carson combined with nature images and mandalas by Christine Torlina in a small origami book. It is inspiring and beautiful.
May my hands touch the earth and heal the earth. May my hands touch others and heal both our hearts. May my hands be healing hands… Hands bring the healing touch to this world. My wish is for everyone to know and cherish their own healing hands.
Every month there is a “Mandala Get Together” in my art studio at my house. For a few months we have been making origami books from one large sheet of paper. Earlier in the day a dragonfly had a powerful impact on Karen Martinez so she created a powerful piece of art.
Georgia O’Keefe was born outside my hometown of Madison Wisconsin in 1887. She lived there until 1902. I recently went to Madison to visit family and friends. On the 6 plus hour long drive home to Saint Louis, I was surrounded by clouds that made me feel like I was in the twenty-four foot long Georgia O’Keefe cloud painting at the Chicago Art Institute.
These are the last days of 100 Days for Mandalas session 4. The last theme of Freedom rings deeply. Perhaps days before the 4th of July, the political meaning of Freedom is considered more often in the United States. But Freedom is always personal.
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.
100 Days for Mandalas – Floating
Floating is a sensation of letting go and being supported. Imagine floating like a bird, drifting with the air currents above the earth. Imagine floating on a clear body of water with the water supporting your body and gently rocking you with small waves.
I have been surrounded by the blossoms of spring. Most of them are in the potted plants that I pick out at the wholesale greenhouses, put in my minivan, drop off on my long driveway, sort, put back in the minivan, deliver to their destination and then plant. It’s a crazy, wonderful carnival like season.
The blossoming of flowers is the opening of spring’s beauty with colors, shapes and fragrance. The force of life pushes our eyes open to the majesty of creation. The blossoming of our soul, is like the flower’s blossoming.
100 Days for Mandalas – GROWTH. I am surrounded by the explosion of growth that comes into the world at springtime. Each day I walk outside to find new blossoms, new bird songs, new joys.
100 Days for Mandalas – GROWTH. Growth is most apparent in the awakening of spring. As life pushes up through the earth, I feel a need to make sure my life is reaching for the light, just like the plants emerging from the ground.
I spent all day yesterday in my garden. I was surrounded by the re-emergance of green and amazing blossoms. I dug in the dirt. I cut back the overgrown and dead. I set new boundaries – a rabbit fence so my vegetables and flowers will grow. I worked with mandalas yesterday also. That and being in my garden let me heal from one of the most intense months of my life
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