Creating mandalas is a way to delve deep into creativity. That doesn’t mean there isn’t a sense of play and joy.
It’s been too long since I shared a blog post and have had time to make mandalas. I have missed making mandalas and sharing. Here are photos of mandala flowers, mandalas created by friends and the puppy.
There are 5 universal shapes that are archetypes of energy and psyche that humankind shares across time and cultures. They are the circle, square, equal sided cross, triangle and spiral.
Calm of Coloring Mandalas – Silence, Beauty, Fear. I finally made it to the Big Sur Hermitage. It was a roller coaster of peace, beauty and fear.Coloring mandalas calmed me down.
The inspirations were many: a meditation, a stone, the moon, the awakening of spring and a headache. The shared time of creativity brought mandalas and other creative expressions to light during the last mandala circle at my studio.
Nourishing Mystery – Honoring the Dark – Welcoming the Light. The nourishing mystery, stillness and quiet of this time of year has been celebrated in our recent mandala circles. The quiet of darkness, a time to go within, is essential to the creative expression of light.
Total Solar Eclipse -In the recent mandala circle gathering we brought our awareness and creativity to this once in a lifetime event. All of us in the circle are fortunate to live in the area of the total solar eclipse.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Unleash your heart
Go deep within
Hear the beat of enough
“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.
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Freedom is a word with many meanings, so many meanings. It has life and death meanings and consequences, and is something all humans strive for and deserve. Each person has their own striving, guided and pushed by that deep soul longing. 100 Days for Mandalas – FREEDOM
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. 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.
This is the third week of 100 days for Mandalas. The prompt and inspiration for these two weeks is RE-EMERGANCE. For us in the northern hemisphere, there is the re-emergence of spring and green life going on. We are re-emerging from the darkness of winter into the light of spring and summer.
100 DAYS FOR MANDALAS – BALANCE – SPRING EQUINOX
WELCOME TO THE FOURTH 100 DAYS FOR MANDALAS SESSION – Spring Equinox 2014, A Day of Balance. Surround yourself and let yourself be embraced by the mandala’s sacred circle of creativity and the balance of light and dark.
Creating and sharing mandalas is always such a treat. Once a month I have what I call Mandala Get Togethers. And once or twice a year through this blog, there are the 100 Days for Mandalas sessions.
Mandalas – 100 Days for Mandalas, word prompt. The word HOME was the one that took me a long time to really examine what is “home” was, is and will be.
Home is a place inside our hearts where we are at home with ourselves. Where we feel safe, nurtured and centered. Let this word inspire your life and creativity.
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.
This is the third week of the third session of 100 Days for Mandalas. The inspiration for this and the following week is PAUSE.
Welcome to the third session for 100 Days for Mandalas. It is a retreat into creativity that lets a person express their own unique and powerful inner wisdom by creating mandalas
She hadn’t come for months, but made it to the last one a few weeks ago to finish the third mandala of a series of three, that have helped her through a very hard time
Welcome to Day One of the 2nd session of 100 Days for Mandalas. This is a creativity retreat that will hopefully inspire the making of mandalas. It is a retreat in the quiet time, when the warmth of inner creativity burns as a fire in the center of the soul. There are many ways and reasons to make mandalas. Find your way and your reason, then join in.
When I started looking, I found lots of mandalas around my house. Many of them were ones I created decades ago, ceramic bowls and platters I did before my children were born. I didn’t call them mandalas at the time. When I create mandalas now I see the same images, like spirals, coming up when […]
This beautiful mandala by Corlita Bonnarens is the inspiration for this week’s mandala prompt. As we enter the middle of 100 Days for Mandalas (today is day 47), […]
Humankind has made marks of patterns and images upon many surfaces. Those that have survived the longest are on stone. Nature herself makes patterns and images in many forms of creation. Take time to see mandala patterns – a […]
I call these days lazy in that I sometimes work all day in my pajamas, don’t answer the phone, leave the dishes […]
My security blanket for travel is the bag of art supplies I take along to not only work with, but to give me comfort. Inside are papers, markers, colored pencils, writing pens, watercolors and a small chinese brush.
If for some reason when I travel, if I can’t take art supplies with me […]
Some days I need the beauty and quiet of holy places. One of the places that calms my soul is the St. Louis Cathedral Basilica.
I met Christine’s husband at Shaw Nature Reserve years ago. We went to a ceremonial prairie planting with Native American drums that sang to the seeds as they drifted to the receiving earth. Christine and her family used to live inside this magical place, and now have a country home […]
Monday was the new moon. A new moon is the time to plant intentions and wishes. Like seeds in the ground, or babies in the womb, they germinate and grow during this time of darkness.
My monthly mandala making get together took place on Sunday, the eve before the new moon. I […]
Mandalas are circular images that bring us to our center and open our awareness to the cycles and wholeness of life.
The round mandala shape seen in nature, from the smallest cell to the eternal cosmos is all around us. Let these mandala images from the wonderful artists who have opened up and […]
Last Weekend was the ending and non ending of the Sand Mandala for Peace created by the eight Tibetan Monks from Drepung Gomang Monastery in downtown St. Louis. The Mandala took five days to complete. The intricate and beautiful circular shape was build grain of sand upon grain of sand. It […]
The Tibetan Monks from the Drepung Gomang Monastery continue to create the sand Mandala for Peace in downtown St. Louis at Macrosun. The beauty of the mandala emerges as the Monks carefully place individual grains of colored sand into the design. A special metal tool called a chakpur has a small […]
This quote has sustained me as a prayer, as I am sure the poet Gerard Manley Hopkins felt when he wrote […]
“When I touch a flower… I am touching infinity”, is the George Washington Carver quote in my garden. Seeing and touching the infinite in the mandala shape of a flower is what draws me to the garden.
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