All art tells a story and this mandala is no exception. “Walk Softly” is a small piece, and begins with a footprint over a (sun)flower. A heart surrounds the footprint and a flower (modified lotus) blossoms next. The leaves from the lotus extend out over the footprints this time and the arches symbolize a brighter future.
Since “Let It Bee” connected me to the world of bees through Adventures in Natural Beekeeping and even before, I have felt concern about the management of our earthly home. There is a naivety around the effects humans are having while we decide to dominate, rather than cooperate with nature.
The footprint over the sunflower in the center suggests that without awareness, we are stepping on the natural order. I would love to see the exquisite wisdom of nature realized and respected. I am not on a soapbox and I am no saint. I drive a car, eat fast food and have even sprayed Round Up on my weeds, before I understood how deadly it is, and not just for the weeds, but for all living creatures.
I heard a suggestion last night (from my brother who is the Natural Beekeeper), “leave a poison free patch for the pollinators”! I love this because it is a compromise. I know I will be looking for more simple ways I can be in agreement with what is good for Mother Earth and modify my habits.
“Walk Softly” brought me a message. The mandalas always do when I show up in the studio with a willing heart and ready hands. The “Guidance Mandala” is still waiting in the que, but I have been receiving plenty of Guidance while it prepares me for work.