Most of us have sat in a beach, under a tree or somewhere in nature and gathered flowers, stones, feathers and plants to create a design on the earth. When these designs are created with intention, mindfulness and love they are transformed into a sacred Nature Mandalas. These can give the creator and those you happen upon them joy and wonder. I believe these mandalas are a form of medicine for us and mother earth.
The literal meaning of mandala, which is a Sanskrit word, is circle. The mandala represents wholeness. A circle also denotes balance, perfection and eternity as the distance from its center to all points on it remains the same, from wherever it is measured. Circles are a innate part of our world. We find circles in the celestial orbits of the sun, moon and earth, in the seasons, the cycles within our bodies and in the circles of love encompassed of our families and friends.
Mandalas have served mankind for centuries. Mandalas have been used many cultures. Buddhism, Hinduisim, Aboriginal and Hopi to name just a few. Each used mandalas to create sacred space and to find connection to each other & our place in the cosmos.
I create Nature Mandalas as a way to connect to my soul and to Mother Earth. Mindfulness is a part of this art from beginning to end. Here is my process...
Beginning with the collecting of materials. I have some guidelines I follow in creating a Nature Mandala.
Nature collecting guidelines…
Ask permission from the plants and land before taking items. Before collecting leaves from a plant I will ask the plant for permission to take some items from itxxxx and of course permission from the land owner.
Only take enough that the plant will still live…xxxx
Often I purchase or ask for old spent flowers from my local grocery or floral stores.
Offering back to earth – seeds, gratitude prayer
Intention is created before I start or arises while building it.
Only using natural material. No plastics, string, xxxx
Clean up – I like to return to the space (especially if in the wild) a week or so after the mandala is built to make sure I don’t need to clean up or disperse items to return back to the way I found it.
Just as the buddest monks…we must fully let go of the land art and let your prayer float away.xxxxx let go.
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