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Seed of Life Gratitude Mandala

One of my favorite practices is to combine my love for words and journal writing with mandalas. Each year during the holidays, I pull out a Flower of Life mandala and fill the shapes with words of appreciation. I designed a mandala that starts with the Flower of Life in the center and surrounded it with a border of interlocking semi-circles.  In the center petals, I wrote down the names of the many people who I’m connected to including family, friends, colleagues, and members of my mandala community. You may include names of your mentors, teachers, authors, and artists who inspire you. Along the outer edge, record words to describe the qualities that you admire and appreciate.  As you fill in the mandala, consider the many ways that you are connected. Fill some of the shapes with doodles and little drawings. Here I tucked in hearts under each virtue. In my example, a leaf-like pattern was repeated throughout to add detail. Try This: Print a copy and bring it to your holiday celebration. Invite guests to …

August Mandala Challenge

This month’s featured project may challenge your idea of what a mandala is. We often think of mandalas as have a clear center with shapes, colors, and patterns repeating from the center. Swiss Psychiatrist Carl G. Jung introduced to the West the idea of creating circular art for insight and self expression. During a time when Jung had a experienced a personal crisis his journal writings included drawings within circles. He observed over time how these drawings had colors, numbers, symbols, and arrangements that reflected his thoughts, feelings, and dreams. He called these circular drawings mandalas as they reminded him of the Hindu and Buddhist art form. This month’s challenge is a project from a course that I teach called, “The Great Round” where we create mandala art to explore twelve psychological stages that we all experience at different moments in our lives. Pictured here is a diagram of twelve symbols in black and white that typify each of the stages and the colored images are sample mandalas for each stage. Watch the video above to …

Inspired Conversations with Linda Joy

Linda Joy of Aspire Magazine invited me to chat with her about the benefits of creating mandalas on her radio show, Inspired Conversations. What a delightful conversation! We talked about: How Linda colors mandalas with a sacred intention and will repeat a mantra. We both agreed that one can feel the energy in the final colored mandala. How I got my start creating mandalas, launching the 100 Mandalas Challenge, and publishing my book, “The Mandala Guidebook.” My experience teaching at Kripalu, a yoga and health center in Lenox, MA. The health benefits of coloring and creating mandalas and why coloring mandalas is a centering practice. The work of Swiss Psychiatrist Carl Jung and how we can open up a conversation with our unconscious when creating mandalas intuitively. The Great Round Course, an online course where I teach people about creating mandalas for insight and self expression. It ties in with the work of Jung and how we can explore what I call our “mandala stories.” Curious to learn more about the Great Round? Access lesson one, …

Free Sample Lesson from the Great Round Course

The Great Round Online Course is a fascinating study that guides you through 12 stages that we all experience in life, again and again. Thank you for stopping by to check out this free sampler class. This page is a preview of the first lesson called, “Stage One: Resting in the Darkness.” Lesson One: Resting in the Darkness We experience Stage One when we are feeling creatively low, we are overworked and exhausted, our hormones are wreaking havoc and we feel anxious, seasonal light changes affect our moods, or we are ill and have no energy for doing anything. In this video lesson, I share one of my low moments in life and how creating mandalas helped me to feel creative again. This video also covers an overview of this stage and three example mandala activities. Greek Goddess Connection Participants in the online Goddess course last fall asked if we could continue our work with the goddesses in the Great Round this year. In this video, you’ll see how we make connections between the wisdom …

January Mandala Challenge: Mandala Inspiration Wheel

I’m delighted to announce a new series to inspire your muse called the Monthly Mandala Challenge. Look for a video each month that introduces the theme, contest details, and the prizes. Project Theme for January: Mandala Inspiration Wheel One day while looking at my wall on Facebook, I noticed a really cool video clip of a fidget spinner whirring above a hand-painted mandala with the question, “What gift can you give yourself more of today?” The possible answers delighted my heart – ease, novelty, play, stillness, rest, adventure… I clicked through to my friend Tonia Jenny’s Facebook wall and saw that she had created some other Fidget Spinner Fortunes that posed more heart expanding questions and answers. What can you give yourself more of this week? What will support your dreams today? What is your soul asking for? I’m a DIY kinda gal and thought, I want to make one! But wait, I’d love to see what my mandala family would create. I reached out to Tonia and she generously offered to be the first …

Free Mandala Coloring Book

Free Mandala Coloring Book

The 100 Mandalas Challenge Coloring Book is available for download. Have you noticed that adult coloring books are really popular these days? And it’s for a good reason too! Coloring is known to help reduce stress, ease anxiety, boost creativity, not to mention it’s fun! Why is it so powerful? It is a simple way to change our focus from our worries and responsibilities onto something that is beautiful. Every time I color a mandala, whether I create one myself or color another person’s design, I love seeing how the mandala comes to life before my eyes. It is so satisfying. 50 Mandalas designed by artists from ten countries The coloring book includes 50 mandalas from our 100 Mandalas Challenge community, like the mandala above by Jeanette Clawson from Wisconsin. Each one is unique like this one from Irina Artamonova from Russia. This mandala coloring page was designed by Mónica Bedolla Cárdenas from Mexico. The 100 Mandalas Challenge Coloring Book has 50 mandalas for you to print and color. Download Now.

Gratitude Mandalas

One of my favorite practices is to combine my love for words and journal writing with mandalas. Each year during the holidays, I pull out a Flower of Life mandala and fill the shapes with words of appreciation. This year I designed a new mandala that starts with the Flower of Life in the center and surrounded it with border of interlocking semi-circles. In the center petals, I wrote down the names of the many people who I’m connected to including family, friends, colleagues, and members of my mandala community. You may include names of your mentors, teachers, authors, and artists who inspire you. Along the outer edge, record words to describe the qualities that you admire and appreciate. As you fill in the mandala, consider the many ways that you are connected. Fill some of the shapes with doodles and little drawings. Here I tucked in hearts under each virtue. A leaf-like pattern was repeated throughout to add detail. Pull out your favorite coloring supplies and think about each person as you fill in the …

Giveaway: Zen Doodle Workshop Magazine

Join me on Facebook for a live video event where I’ll show you my mandala parasols featured in Zen Doodle Workshop Magazine. Mark your calendars Tuesday, November 1, 2016 at 8:00 p.m., EST http://www.facebook.com/100mandalas During the video: Get a close up look at the two stunning mandala parasols featured in Zen Doodle Workshop Magazine. Listen to the story of how one of my parasols was completely ruined just days before the submission deadline. I’ll tell you want I did wrong so you don’t make this mistake. You may be surprised by what I used to embellish these paper parasols. Come with your questions! Four people will be randomly selected to win a copy of Zen Doodle Workshop Magazine (pictured above). This gorgeous magazine is filled with inspiring projects perfect for those who love to doodle. There are unique projects and instructions for both on and off the page. Official Contest Rules DRAWING 1 is for participants of the LIVE Facebook event. To enter the first drawing attend the live Facebook video (www.facebook.com/100mandalas) on Tuesday, November 1, 2016 at 8:00 …

Prizes for the Mandala Guidebook Launch Party

These are just *SOME* of the prizes that I will be giving away at the party. I feel so grateful to have so many generous friends who donated these gifts including: Cloth, Paper, Scissors Alison Phillips Robuck Jill Badonsky Patricia Mosca Miz Meliz of Tinsel Town Join the party on Sunday, May 22, 2016. Starting at 11:00 a.m until 6:00 p.m. EST on Facebook. RSVP here: http://bit.ly/mandalaparty