Mandala Stories is a podcast by Kathryn Costa about the practice of creating mandalas for relaxation, healing, and personal expression.
Are you feeling in a fog? Have you lost your creative mojo? That was how I was feeling a couple of years ago when I came very close to quitting everything: my blog of 7 years and all social media connections. My mandala practice turned that around so much so that I’m now on a new and exciting creative career path.
Whether you’re in the dark woods or you’re energized and excited to start the new year, this episode is filled with inspiration for getting the most out of your mandala practice.
Listen to this Episode for:
- A quick breathing meditation that will take your already relaxing practice of coloring mandalas to the next level.
- A watchword and affirmations that will open you up to the blessings and surprises in your mandala practice.
- Learning how a mandala practice is helpful whether you are feeling creatively low or creatively high.
- What I do when resistance strikes and I’m not “in the flow” when creating my mandalas.
- A spotlight on a member from the 100 Mandalas Community.
Color as You Listen
I invite you to color a mandala while listening to this episode. You may color a mandala that you’ve drawn or you can download one from our free coloring books.
If you colored a mandala while listening, I’d love to see it! E-mail me at firstname.lastname@example.org and be sure to include any comments about the episode. I’d love to hear what you think of this podcast and if you had any a-ha moments. Be sure to include in your e-mail that you listened to episode #1.
I covered a lot in this episode. Here are a few notes and links. Enjoy!
As you create and color your mandalas, be sure to pause from time to time to focus on your breath. This simple step can take the relaxation that you already feel to a deeper level, or if you are feeling stressed and resistance, the breath work will help you to soften. Try it: Breathe in and out of your nose. Inhale for a count of 3. Hold for 3. Exhale for 3.
Today’s watchword comes from a beautiful deck of virtue cards from The Virtue’s Project.
Openness is being honest, clear and sincere, sharing who we are and what we feel without pretense. It is the willingness to consider new ideas and listen to others with an open mind. We reveal our thoughts candidly without attempting to manage the responses of others. We hold no hidden agendas.We are more interested in connecting than controlling. We listen to other’s feelings with compassionate curiosity. We are open, we are receptive to the blessings and surprises of life.
How will you be open in your mandala practice?
When you feel resistance are you trying to control the outcome?
I am more interested in connecting than controlling.
I am open. I am receptive to the blessings and surprises of life.
Community Mandala Projects
I mention these two stunning group mandala projects. Click on them to see them enlarged.
Radiant Lotus Mandala
Words that speak of what participants desired more of to be their best.
What word will you select to inspire your year? Let’s discover this together in a unique online mandala retreat. There is still time to register for my upcoming online retreat. GET THE DETAILS HERE.
Take the 100 Mandalas Challenge to create 100 mandalas in 100 days.
Our mandala practice is a place to:
- and gain clarity
When we get clear on our purpose or on a project, we have confidence.
Today’s watchword is also an invitation to practice openness.
May you feel receptive and open to the blessings and surprises that await you in your mandala practice.
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Mandalas from Listeners of this Show
Did you color a mandala while listening to this podcast? Send it to me and I’ll include it in this gallery. Be sure to include in your e-mail any comments about the show. Click on the images below to see the mandala art enlarged and to reader the listener’s comments.