...a sacred circle of light and energy
A few months ago I didn't even know what a Mandala was. Then I got a package in the mail from Shep's great grandma Pearl...it was full of black and white patterns waiting to be colored.
When you think Mandala, you think intricate design. Spiritual focus. A tool for guidance that provides balance. You certainly don't think toddler coloring tool! But Shep and I love a good project. We try new things every day, and arts and crafts are our go-to, sit and smile activity. So I assumed his great grandma knew something I didn't and we got to work.
The Xerox's of Mandalas are just that...black and white designs on paper ready to be transformed into colorful artworks. Traditionally the Mandala was used by Tibetan Monks in the sand as a "multi-dimensional field of spiritual consciousness and state of enlightenment." Heavy stuff. They were used by Native Americans as a "medicine wheels." Scientific stuff. However, in both Eastern and Western cultures Mandalas have come to symbolize "harmony, unity...and healing." Cool stuff.
For toddler Shep and mama Allegra the Mandala is not necessarily healing us but it is harmonizing and unifying us! We have our focus faces on and are working together to accomplish a task. It's not about finishing and nothing is carefully planned to perfection. Two things I can certainly learn to take a cue from.
Babes need a sense of purpose and focus and so do moms. When I first had Shep I lost all focus on anything other than him. "Where has my intense interest and adept thinking gone?" I remember saying to myself. I coudn't read and barely wanted to engage in grown up conversation. All my levels of light had been poured into my ever-evolving baby boy. The term mommy-mode had hit me full force.
I'm not saying Mandalas brought me back to adult-mode -- I am always and forever a mom now. My life and my reality is being a mom, even when I am not physically with my son, I am always connected to him.
This isn't even a story about healing per se. It's a little snippet about sitting down -- without a phone in my hand, a computer in my lap, a tv on blast -- and participating in a specific activity where the purpose is clear: to focus on filling in a design with brilliant and beautiful Crayola crayons. Simply put, right? Nothing scientific about that, or is there...?
While I am Mandala-ing, I am living colorfully and Shep is coloring outside the lines just as he should be, every day.
**To get your own set of Mandalas go to ColorMandala.com.**