Today’s mandala, “Broad Shoulders” features an unplanned but pertinent figure, (light blue and heart shaped torso, light tan arms flexed upwards, yellow green head with four “hats”). I had been thinking about the inordinate amount of responsibility in my life and the design took shape, admittedly it is not supported by the cacophonous color scheme, but I was excited to see it in the drawing, as it confirmed the muse was with me.
The mandalas often have an auto-biographical teaching element, Carl Jung discovered mandalas were helpful in psychoanalyzing his patients, Suzanne Fincher wrote an amazing book, “Creating Mandalas” in which she details how one can create/ interpret mandalas, offering this as a way to facilitate communication with the subconscious.
I had time to consider the responsibility/play imbalance in my life and confess a knack for turning fun pursuits (painting mandalas) INTO responsibility (painting challenge – 31 mandalas in 31 days). The tyrant that lives in me further retitled the challenge, “create a mandala each day that is even more fabulous than yesterday’s creation”…impossible! My new intention is to discover how much play I can integrate into my day, hope I don’t make it into a challenge.