I get chills when I see or play with watercolors that allow the flow of color and water to create beautiful unexpected patterns and movement. I especially get that surge of electricity when the watercolors are used in mandala making.
Winter Solstice, when winter begins, is a time to honor both darkness and light. Winter is womb time, a quiet time of gathering energy within. It is a time of gestation of dreams, hopes and becomings. It is the in-breath needed for the co-creative out-breath expression of life.
As always the creativity that flows from my monthly Mandala Circles astound me. It inspires my preparing for next August workshop in North Carolina.
It’s been three weeks of settling into “normal” life after five days of deep creativity. Mandalas helped me settle back into home and garden life.
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.
BE PEACE – DO PEACE. These are words I want to live by, need to live by, now. These mandalas were made a few days after the murder of 17 innocent school children.
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.
A Month for Mandalas. There are ways to know and find our truths. Because we are nature, we can find our truths there.
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.
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.
I wrote and illustrated this book in my early twenties. A friendship story based on a time while living in the Pacific Northwest.
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 depth is exploring into […]
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
“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.
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.
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.
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 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.
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.
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.
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.
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. 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
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.
Wordless Wednesday (almost), mandala sharing from monthly mandala get together at Linda Wiggen Kraft’s art studio. Mandala artists Linda Massie and Karen Martinez.
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.
Here is the last sharing of the amazing mandalas created in my last November Mandalas, Meditation and Journaling workshop. I love them all.
Here are more of the amazing mandalas created in my last November Mandalas, Meditation and Journaling workshop. I get such great joy looking at all the mandalas shared during the workshop
Last November I had the honor to teach my Morning Mandalas, Meditation and Art Journaling course to amazing and creative women. There was so much creativity and depth to what was created and shared
I used the Feng Shui Bagua as the template as a way to look at the whole picture, creating mandalas for each section.
This two week session of 100 Days for Mandalas is brought to you by the word “pause”. I took a pause in getting this part of 100 Days for Mandalas out into the blogosphere.
The mandala inspiration word for the next two weeks is RECEIVE. The most beautiful writing I recently found that illustrates the state of receiving is by writer Mark Nepo, from his book Seven Thousand Ways to Listen.
AWAKE is the word meant to inspire this week. There are so many ways to be awakened. I found inspiration with words and pages of a journal portfolio that I made at a workshop in Utah a few years ago.
The inspiration for this two week session is AWAKE. The words that came to mind for me with awake are – being present, alert, fully aware, alive, conscious, in the moment, enlightened, present.
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 two week period for 100 Days for Mandalas is about listening. 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.
I am getting this 100 Days for Mandalas blog post out a little later than usual. Life sometimes brings unexpected times for pause.
This is the third week of the third session of 100 Days for Mandalas. The inspiration for this and the following week is PAUSE.
This is the second week of the third session of 100 Days for Mandalas. The inspiration for the first two weeks is the word REMEMBER. This beautiful mandala is a prayer to remember the gifts of life
This is the second week of 100 Days for Mandalas – Session Three. This session uses words as inspirations for creating mandalas and art journaling that goes along with each mandala with words. For two weeks the word “REMEMBER” is the inspiration.
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
100 Days for Mandalas – Session Three – Starts August 12th, 2013. This is an announcement and invitation to join in a couple of weeks.
My turtle mandala
I love to see and share the mandalas created during my mandala workshop. I am always amazed at what is created. Here are the rest of the mandalas that were created at the April 20th workshop.
Mandala by Lisa Pieper
This is the last week for this session of 100 Days for Mandalas, which started January 14th. Where did those 100 days go?
I have been drawn to using regular manila folders for creating art journaling mandalas. The are like mini-books.
I am filled with joy that my mandalas and the story of how they became part of my life are featured in a six page article in the 2013 spring issue of Art Journaling magazine. Here are the pages. Let them be an inspiration.
In this beautiful, crazy springtime (deep snow one day, flowers the next) the joy of earth and sky seeps into our bones, body and being. Nature calls to us with its mystery and magic and leaves its imprint on our souls.
The spiral of life brings us back to a familiar place, which lets us see the old with new eyes and new inspirations. These are inspirations for new mandalas.
Let these heart mandalas and images remind you to keep your heart open every day of the year. As we leave February, bring the heart energy of this month into all the months and days of your year.
February is the month we think about love and hearts. It is also Heart Awareness Month, to help bring awareness to our heart health.
Today I am inspired by mandalas that show the power and beauty of hands, both the hands of humans and the hands of the Creator.
Creating art, and creating mandalas, is really about the process, not the product.
Today my only words are to share this beautiful quote by Buddhist Nun Pema Chodron about mandalas
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.
This is an invitation to join in a new year of creativity and inspiration with the second session of 100 Days for Mandalas. Please come join a creative circle of a quiet round the fire winter retreat (for those of us in northern part of the world) and a lazy daisy summer camp (those those in the southern part) to feel the embrace of the sacred circle of a mandala
My favorite mandala book for 2012 has not only some of the most beautiful simple mandalas I have ever seen, but the true story about how they are created and mysteriously discovered by a French poet in India over twenty-five years ago reads like a combination Indiana Jones and Spiritual Quest adventure story.
This poem was shared by two dear friends. It was written by E Klingner, a friend of those who gave me this poem.
To me it says so much. The words ” until routine becomes ceremony” and “disregard detours – a trip around the world when you prefer instead full moons […]
Recently I attended the Turner Center for the Arts fund raiser and auction. The Turner Center for the Arts is a very special place that gives people with disabilities a chance to express and find themselves through art. Not only that, the Turner Center helps them realize their worth in a world that […]
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 is part two of the encore of 100 Days for Mandalas. My last blog post tells the story of how Gail Haverdill sent this beautiful book of 18 Mini Mandalas a few days after the end of 100 Days for Mandalas. Here are the other mandalas in this lovely book.
100 Days for Mandalas lives on.
On the last day of 100 Days for Mandalas (Sept. 8th), an email came from Gail Haverdill in Ohio telling me she sent a mandala book inspired by 100 Days for Mandalas. It was coming via snail mail.
When the lovely package arrived, I was amazed at […]
MANDALA INFORMATION, INSPIRATIONS & MEDITATION – The ending of 100 Days for Mandalas, Beginnings of a New (stay tuned), and In Between.
ENDINGS – This blog post has been hard to write. This week is the last blog for 100 Days for Mandalas. The official ending date is September 8th. It really isn’t an ending, […]
MONDAY MANDALA INFORMATION – FLOW, RHYTHM, PATTERNS, DOODLING
(it is really Wednesday, I tried for Monday, oh well)
MANDALA INSPIRATIONS & MEDITATION
MANDALA PROMPT – FLOW, RHYTHM, PATTERNS, DOODLING
Making mandalas is a meditative experience. It allows us to easily get in the flow, that space where time seems timeless […]
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