“Let It Bee” mandala is complete, a mere month after it began, a month of opportunities to practice “letting it be”.
Creating each mandala is similar to a semester in school, I am challenged, stretched and compelled to research and study, discuss and report my discoveries.
I write in the mandala journal January 19th, “Over time I seem to have developed a crippling intolerance for the unknown.” Two days later I see this quote from Eckhart Tolle, “Being at ease with not knowing is crucial for the answers to come to you.
As I wonder why there is a peace symbol in the center of the mandala, the Daily Word post for January 23, 2015 assures, “Peace emanates from my calm center.”
Most significant, as I near completion of the mandala, I find an article about an overwhelmed caregiver learning mindfulness and meditation, (“Where Love Is”, Robbie Pinter, Guideposts January 2015). As I read her discovered wisdom, “It’s okay, I don’t need to fix this”, my entire being breathes a sigh of relief, and the core lesson of the mandala lands. My compulsion to rush into action when I perceive a “problem” makes it’s full strength known to me. It is exhausting to feel the (inappropriate) responsibility to solve each dilemma that comes into view. From cleaning a smudge on the window (easy!) to responding to the plight of our threatened bee population (what can be done??) I feel an urgency to take action.
I become more aware, it is not that I am never to take action, but that I must withdraw and re-balance before doing so. As luck would have it, I was sent a video presentation by Meredith Davis, Sedona healer, during the mandala creation, in which she shared the profoundly effective practice of simply closing your eyes, and breathing in to (and out of) your heart center. From this space, the urgency melts, there is an absence of judgment, worry and fear. A few moments re-prioritizing in this way bring immense relief and greater wisdom. I wonder if this is why the hearts are so prominently featured in the mandala.
To watch the mandala come to life, https://www.youtube.com/embed/qTf1Ld8XVDE