“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.