I became consciously aware of the existence of mandalas in infinite numbers in my everyday life relatively recently, and now everywhere I look I see mandalas! I had been drawn to circular motives in my art for some time, and was inspired especially by the shape of the water molecules for some of my jewelry pieces. I knew that Carl Jung studied mandalas and used them as a technique in his therapeutic practice. However, it wasn’t until I started researching for materials for my workshops (see Workshops and Classes) and took a class in watercolor mandalas taught by Michele Faia in Capitola, that I personally experienced their strong healing and meditative power. I love the process of meditation, drawing, and coloring them in watercolor! Sometimes the meditation right before the start or after the completion of a mandala leads to some expressed words, either in poetry or prose. The following is something I wrote after meditating on the first image below, The Wheel of Life.
The Wheel of Life turning
And with each turn a new moment is born
And with every moment, a new me.
Clarity giving way to ambiguity
And the cycle reversing itself to clarity again.
Life's joys and challenges playing hide and seek with each other
And giving my soul a good exercise!
The confusion subsides
And everything is centered again
That which is
That from which emanates all
And all dancing together in harmony