I had different plans today, but today had different plans for me as well. Friday a person who played a significant part in my soul searching during my youth passed away. She laughed with me, consoled me in times of intense sadness, loaned me money, shared her food, crashed at my house, and played with my daughter. I am terribly saddened today to discover such a beautiful being is gone from this land. Rest in peace, dear Meg.
I had these circle cardboard pieces from my pot and pan set I was gifted during the holidays. I was waiting to be inspired, and today Gaia and I made mandalas as part of mommy’s improvised art therapy.
The word “mandala” is from the classical Indian language of Sanskrit. Loosely translated to mean “circle,” a mandala is far more than a simple shape. It represents wholeness, and can be seen as a model for the organizational structure of life itself–a cosmic diagram that reminds us of our relation to the infinite, the world that extends both beyond and within our bodies and minds.
Describing both material and non-material realities, the mandala appears in all aspects of life: the celestial circles we call earth, sun, and moon, as well as conceptual circles of friends, family, and community.
I wanted to take from this day a sense of peace and closure. Here are our “Megdalas.”