For the newsletter this week, I recorded the message. I can convey so much more in the video format. Don’t you think?
Listen in to:
- Hear about the upcoming course and about creating personal retreats and see a few of the pages from the Retreat Planner that participants will get.
- See fan mail from India and Australia filled with inspiration for your mandala practice.
- Two projects ideas that will lift up your spirit.
Let’s Retreat Together!
Pictured above are a few of the many pages in the Retreat Planner that’s part of the January Mandala Online Retreat. One of several downloads participants will get as part of the course. READ MORE & SIGN UP HERE
Fan Mail from India
This gorgeous card comes from Shruti Gautam Dev from India.
The back of the card really captures the spirit of what we experience when we create and color mandalas. It is also the intention for creating retreat moments, a practice we will be exploring in the January Mandala Retreat.
Visit Shruti’s website: www.artyzenworld.com
Fan Mail from Australia
In Gay’s lovely letter she shares how coloring mandalas (the free downloads that you can get here) helps her to relax. Diagnosed with Post Traumatic Stress Disorder, Gay finds meditation a challenge and coloring mandalas has really helped her.
Take a closer look at her card. I love how the bird is pointing at the word, “inclusive.” This ties in with the values that are so important to me: hospitality and welcoming. Many people have been shy to post the mandalas that they colored but didn’t draw in the 100 Mandalas Sharing Circle. Please know that there are many ways that we can work with and enjoy mandalas and they are all welcome.
Tucked in with Gay’s note were these beautiful notecards from the Indigenous Community Volunteers (ICV). The designs come from a painting titled, “Honey Ants” by Rowena Lynch. Rowena uses shape and design common to ancient rock art and petroglyph designs found throughout the traditional country of Eastern Arrernte near Alice Springs.
See a photo of the artist with her original painting and learn more about the Indigenous Community Volunteers at www.icv.com.au
How might this traditional painting motif inspire your mandala practice?
Inside My Journal
Here’s an idea for what you can do with your mandalas: cut them up and work them into a journal. Here I cut up the mandala that I colored in Episode 3: How to Use Colored Pencils.
I painted the background, drew some lines, and filled the page with words of encouragement that I received from members of the 100 Mandalas Community. Collect compliments, accolades, words of thanks in your journal. Your journal will serve as a good place to retreat at those times when you need a little pep talk.
The last idea that I shared in the video is an idea that my friend Susi Richardson posted on Facebook in December. Alter a jar and then tuck in notes throughout the year of the blessings and accomplishments. At the end of the year Susi’s tradition is to read through the blessings from the year on New Years Eve.
I love this idea! I designed my label to include mandalas and this affirmation: I am open to the blessings and surprises in life.
I hope you’ve found an idea or two to inspire your mandala practice!
Have a lovely and creative week.