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Gratitude Mandalas

42 gratitudes.

Pictured above is the Flower of Life pattern made up of 42 petals filled with declarations of people, accomplishments, and gifts that I’m grateful for.


At the center is my “inner circle” including my devoted husband, son, colleagues and dear friends. In the white petals are words that describe the qualities that I’m grateful for within this circle.

The other circles in this design cover a variety of gratitudes:

  • Family
  • Friends
  • 100 Mandalas Community
  • Accomplishments
  • Gifts and Talents that I’ve nurtured in myself
  • Authors and Artists who I admire

If you look closely at my mandala you’ll find some keywords that repeat: friendship, connection, creativity, curiosity, support, love, sharing, and caring. I see each of these words as invitations. Invitations that point to what to focus on in 2017.


Last year I did this exercise and it is interesting to look back on how I filled in the design with color and gratitudes. I didn’t look at last year’s mandala before working on my gratitude mandala for this year until now as I post them here in this blog post.

As I look at both gratitude mandalas I’m asking myself:

  • What is showing up again and again?
  • What’s new?
  • What’s missing?

What I love most about this design is how it shows connection and interconnectedness between all of the people, experiences, and virtues that I’m grateful for. This mandala is my web of love and support.

It’s Your Turn


Do you love words?

Each year I pick a word-for-the-year that becomes a beacon and touchstone inspiring me to pursue my dreams and live my best life throughout the year. Do you love words too? Ahhh then you’ll love the mandala retreat in January. It’s an online, two-week event that will kick off the new year. Start your year feeling inspired. Learn More

This entry was posted in: Practice


Kathryn Costa is an instigator of soulful and creative living. Her passion can be summed up in three little words: “create and connect.” Kathryn’s programs help people to find clarity, let go of fear, embrace their dreams, and explore their creativity. Kathryn has been an online community developer, teacher, and soulful guide for 12 years. Her unique teaching and coaching style integrates tools and practices from her training in Kaizen-Muse Creativity Coaching, Soul Coaching, The Virtue’s Project, and Jaguar Path Shamanic Apprenticeship Program.


  1. Love this post! Gratitude is the beacon to freedom! I’m going to have a go at this. Thank you, Kathryn:)


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