“Each person’s life is like a mandala- a vast, limitless circle. We stand in the center of our own circle, and everything we see, hear and think forms the mandala of our life.” ~ Pema Chodron
I spent this past weekend resting, healing, reconnecting and weaning myself back onto my Lyme drugs. It has been a long time since I have gifted myself so much freedom to be in a space of deliberate contemplation and connection. But in honouring my Sacred Promise for 2014 it felt right to do so, and I know that I shall spend much more of my time in this space over the coming year.
As an act of meditation and offering I made a flower mandala in my back yard. Most simply explained, a mandala is a circle that represents wholeness, symbolising our relationship to the world around us and the one-ness, sacred nature and infinite connection of all things.
At the heart of my mandala I placed a large natural quartz crystal that I found many years ago in the dirt where a site was being levelled for a house to be built. I used the quartz crystal as a palace to represent and contain all of us – myself, the women who came on retreat with me, my writing sisters, my students and clients, family and friends, and all of you I have connected with through my work, my blog and my life.
This quartz anchors my intention that 2014 shall be a year where each of us is held in a place of love and nurture, allowing our highest possibilities and qualities to shine forth. It holds both a prayer and a blessing.
The flowers and leaves that surround the crystal were all placed as an act of devotion and offering.
The purple flowers honour our spiritual nature, intuition, Divine Grace and connection to our own souls.
The red flowers symbolise physical strength, living with passion and being energised and well.
The pink flowers are for love. Love of self, and loving heart-centred relationships with others.
The green leaves are circles within circles – representing the many intersecting and discrete worlds we live in, our connection to nature, our psychic ability and our many dreams for ourselves and others.
The white and yellow flowers (frangipanis) are for wisdom, continued learning and unfolding, purity and clarity. They are also for laughter and joy.
I offer my mandala up to you, with my heart-felt love and best wishes.
As you can see, it is also a mandala appreciated by fairies and dogs.
Thinking of you and sending much love, Nicole xx
PS – I have SO missed cooking. Expect some yummy recipes over the next few days!