“With each breath, relax even more into the eternal now”, words from a Deepak Chopra online meditation. A paradox seemingly, but in reality, the truth of our existence, as I believe we are non-physical energy of an eternal nature, temporarily focused in the physical.
The concept fascinated me, but I had no idea how to depict it visually. The mandala began August 27, 2013 with an Om symbol representing the sound that reminds us of our connection to all things. The color in the center would also become the color of the background.
August 28th, I was up and out early, and I saw a shooting star which then became part of the mandala. I experienced a great restlessness which focused me even more directly on the message of the mandala, the now moment is all there is and it is mine eternally. Reaching for some conclusion or striving to cross some imaginary finish line keeps me from fully inhabiting the now.
The guidance was very strong to feature the five elements prominently in the mandala. Representing the perpetual cycle of the season and emotions (and so much more), the Chinese symbols for fire, earth, metal, water and wood join the mandala, as well as images of fire, the earth, gold coins, water drops and a tree.
September 18th, more wisdom from Deepak Chopra, “Practice living each moment as it comes with a light and open heart.”
The background color is added, a rich and grounding red, and the mandala completes on September 22, 2013. The statement comes to me, “I give myself a gift when I gratefully enjoy the present.”