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“Circle Walking”


“Circle Walking” is the mandala that brings me to a successful completion of the 31 paintings in 31 days challenge for July.  The well felt pretty dry, then the inspiration came to visually describe the Qi Gong exercise of circle walking, which I was privileged to learn about at my first Qi Gong retreat in 2010. 

The mandala begins with a musical note, then three chairs, spirals radiating outward and the mantra initials bordering the piece (HYLT for hun yuan ling tong), translated as, “primordial qi is omnipresent, qi is penetrating and effective, heart and mind’s intention is immediately realized”.

Circle walking is done after the noon and evening meals, forty-five minutes of walking in circles, with four changes of direction.  It facilitates digestion, mindfulness and individual responsibility within community.  The spiral energy generated is felt most intensely when practitioners take a break from walking and sit in one of the three chairs.

Although the painting itself is not my finest, there is freedom for me in following my inspiration without, (okay with less) self judgment.  This painting challenge revealed new aspects of myself to me that need acceptance and eventually, transformation.


Filed under: Healing Art, Qi Gong

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As a Phoenix native, Vikki Reed's vibrant watercolors of desert botanicals evolved from her love and appreciation of the desert's ability to produce tender beauty in the midst of harsh conditions. The mandala series which began in 2004 resurrects a childhood knowledge that mandalas are a primordial tool for centering and healing. Vikki studied in the 1980s with watercolor greats Irving Shapiro and Paul Kuo, and began exhibiting at the outdoor shows in Arizona, Nevada and New Mexico after Paul's encouragement. This led to gallery representation with the Wickenburg Gallery and Work of Artist's Gallery. Vikki also exhibited at the Celebration of Fine Art for eight years. Before taking sabbatical to act as caregiver for her father in 2010, Vikki was featured in a one woman show at the Northern Trust Bank in January 2008 and was selected to create an ornament for the White House Christmas Tree that same year. Vikki's current focus, the Mandala Series, combines ancient symbolism and the healing power of color.


  1. solarbeez

    I can see how circle walking would be good for digestion. It would be good for a stress reliever too, but who has the time for that? I opt for a good ‘power nap’ instead…without any self judgment either. 🙂

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