Last week I had the opportunity to lead a team of 11 volunteers from my office in our annual day of service. We visited a nursing home located across the street from where we work. Our icebreaker activity was coloring mandalas. I've been collecting mandalas for a coloring book and selected six to enlarge for this activity. Two volunteers and two residents sat around a mandala sized 33 inches.
The project was a huge hit! As you can see from Rita's name tag that she loves dogs. It looks like she enjoys coloring too. The fun facts on the name tags gave us some great conversation starters.
Look Irene is wearing a mandala shirt! I think Irene loved coloring the most. She barely said a word and wanted to color all day long. It warmed my heart to see her so engaged in the project.
Julie is a sweet woman. You'll see her in next week's post showing off our afternoon art project that ties in with the next Mandala Workbook Stage Five. Look for it!
I had the opportunity to get to know Margaret over lunch. Each resident had stories to tell and the volunteers were all ears.
Beautiful friendships were formed too. Many of the volunteers plan on returning on their own time. It made a difference to these people to have us visit, listen, and show that we care. After the mandala coloring project some prayed the Rosary in the chapel, we had a word competition, cribbage, walks, and another art activity. Oh and let's not forget that many of the women loved having their nails polished.
I will be returning this summer to organize a mandala event for residents and their families. I can't wait to return.
For this week's theme, I want to encourage you to share your love for mandalas. Maybe there is a senior in your life who would enjoy coloring mandalas with you? How about visiting the local nursing home?
Many thanks to the mandala artists who submitted their mandalas for the coloring book.
Pictured above is a mandala designed by Irina Artamonova from Russia.
Maria Mercedes Trujillo A. from New Zealand
Sadele Wiltshire from Vermont, USA
Monica Bedolla Cardenas from Mexico
Neomi Mor from Israel
Jeanette Clawson from Wisconsin, USA
My original vision for the 100 Mandalas Challenge Coloring Book was to collect 100 mandalas (up to 2 per artist). At this point we are at 31 mandalas. I'm revising my goal now to 50 mandalas. If you haven't submitted one here are the guidelines:
Draw a mandala for coloring. Black and white. Minimum size 7"
Scan at 300 dpi. Please no photos.
E-mail to email@example.com (Subject Line: Coloring Book)
Include your name, state/country, one URL
This is an open call. Anyone can submit a mandala (no more than two submissions per person).
Once I get 50 mandalas I'll publish the coloring book. It will be free to subscribers of my newsletter and members of the 100 Mandalas Sharing Circle on Facebook.
Each week we feature a member of our 100 Mandalas Community. This week our spotlight is on Radiance Shamayah from Quincy, California. Her husband encouraged her to work on her mandala to soothe her aching heart for a cat they recently adopted and who has gone roaming. Doesn't this piece look soothing? How has your mandala practice helped you with the challenges in your life. I want to hear your mandala stories. Join us in the 100 Mandalas Sharing Circle on Facebook or write to me directly at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Let's send Radiance some love and prayers of peace for her and her roaming cat.
The Heart Chakra Finger Labyrinth
What a joy to share with you my husband Fernando's latest finger labyrinth.
Labyrinths are a circular pattern with a path toward the center. This "finger mandala" can be used as a tool for meditation or discernment. To use, trace the path of the labyrinth entering from the bottom. Follow your thoughts as you trace the path. Pause in the center and then trace your way back outward. Time spent "walking" a labyrinth has been compared to meditation.
ABOUT THE 4TH "HEART" CHAKRA
The Heart Chakra - the wellspring of love, warmth, compassion, and joy is located at the heart centre. The energy of Anahata allows us to recognize that we are a part of something larger, that we are interconnected within an intricate web of relationships extending through life and the universe. The "way of the heart" or the "path of the heart" is living your life from this energy centre of love.
Some affirmations that go with this chakra:
-------------I am open to love and kindness.
-------------I accept things as they are.
-------------I am loved and lovable.
-------------I live in balance in a state of gracefulness and gratitude.
Learn more about the 4th "Heart" Chakra from www.chakra-anatomy.com.
See more photos of this beautiful work of art and lovely meditation tool and place your order:
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About the 100 Mandalas Challenge
If you are just discovering the 100 Mandalas Challenge, welcome! The challenge is to create 100 mandalas in 100 days (those don't have to be consecutive days). Learn more about the challenge at 100mandalas.org.
Each week (either on Sunday or Monday) a new theme and/or art technique will be shared. Think of these as a weekly vitamin, a dose of inspiration to get your creativity fired up. You may like what you see and want to try it out, or you may be groovin' with a particular medium and want to go deeper with it. We love exploring and diving deep and encourage you to follow what interests you.
So you don't forget to take your vitamin, sign up to receive Kathryn's e-mail newsletter. You'll get a weekly update with a link to the current theme.
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Each week as I prepare the feature, I am filled up with so much gratitude that our paths have crossed. Thank you!
Kathryn Costa, Collage Diva and Creative Dabbler
Kathryn Costa, New Hampshire, USA
I started the 100 Mandalas Challenge to explore the creative possibilities within a circle and discovered so much more: creating mandalas is a powerful tool for relaxing, healing, and cultivating joy. When I'm not creating mandalas, I enjoy collage and art journaling, photography, and Ikebana (Japanese Flower arranging). I live in New England with my Brazilian husband, Fernando. www.truenortharts.com