Thirty-fifth Mandala – A Labyrinth Mandala.

Thirty-fifth Mandala – A Labyrinth Mandala.

I don’t like this last Mandala. At the start, I liked how it was progressing, and there is some part of it that I still like, but a mistake and a direction I didn’t like or consciously choose ruined everything in my eyes.

I made it, I spent time on it and finish it and I don’t like it but I’m accepting it. I accept that sometimes I make mistakes I cannot cover and that the more I try to fix them and cover them  the more they seem to become evident. Before acceptance, sometimes I let the fear of not being able to recover my mistakes to grow, causing too much pressure and not enough clarity or pause which then cause what was a little mistake to grow beyond repair. It feels like running round and round in a labyrinth with no way out on sight, where motivation is lost and clouded.  But when I recognise the mistake and accept them I can move on and free myself from a prison of my own making, it is like finding a way out of the labyrinth.

Life is made of joyful moments, beautiful moments, exciting moments, boring moments, ugly moments, uncertain confused moments, sad moments, desperate moments. I need to be able to live with all of them, to see life for what it is and have the courage to face and take responsibility for my mistakes and move forward with my life.

An empty broken plastic bottle disturbs the natural perfection of bush roses, still, it does not change the honest beauty of nature beneath.

Blind eyes, open eyes, empty eyes, still, the sun and the moon rise every day and night.

 

 

Some of my source of Reflection for this post:

After the rain

bomb craters filled 

with stars”  (John Brandi)

good and bad, happy and sad, all thoughts vanish into emptiness like the imprint of a bird in the sky“. (Quote from the Buddhist text The Sadhana of Mahamudra)

Quote and Haiku both extracted  page 31 from the book Haiku Mind by Patricia Donegan.

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Thirty-fourth Mandala – A Life Manifesto Mandala

Thirty-fourth Mandala – A Life Manifesto Mandala

The first thing I bought for my daughter’s bedroom, even before she was born, is a small colourful glass picture with the words Live, Love, Laugh with the hope and desire to make this picture a Life Manifesto for her.

What I wished for her life was To live fully, to Love truthfully and to Laugh freely.

But I feel that something was missing from this all positive and happy Life Manifesto, because I think that:

to live fully, we also have to cry and experience sadness and loss;

to live fully and love truthfully, we need to learn to understand our body, mind and heart, the universe in us and around us;

to live fully, love truthfully and laugh freely, we need to have the courage to accept our vulnerability and trust life and ourselves.

For this reason, I wrote on the frame around this Life Manifesto Mandala these powerful simple words:

Learn,

Trust,

Love,

Laugh,

Cry,

Live.

and framed within these words, your life, your world will blossom into a splendid and vibrant flower.

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