Day 3 Sept 04 2015 Old Bar 10:45 am
It has been raining all day and I am not keen to venture too far away from home.
As I stand in my backyard I ask myself the question, “What am I drawn to notice?”
……the colour of the fallen leaves against the moist damp soil draw my attention………and then from its resting place against the fence, the rusted old round BBQ dish beckons (a treasure that I dragged home from the storage container as I just could not bear to leave it behind )
Circular patterns and mandalas have always fascinated me.
There seems to be something coded within us to create circle or sun patterns.
Why?………is it our yearning to connect with what this symbol represents?
As a universal symbol, the circle has extensive meaning. It represents wholeness, original perfection, the Self, the infinite, the idea of timelessness and yet also the cycles of time.
The word Mandala (pronunciation mon- dah- lah) means “circle”.
The Mandala is a spiritual tool used by the Hindus and Buddhists for meditation purposes, but the symbolism behind the creation of a mandala can have significant meaning for many individuals whether they are Jewish, Buddhist, Christian, Pagan or of any other religious orientation.
The mandala appears to us in all aspects of life, the Earth, the Sun, the Moon and also the circles of life that encompass friends, family and community. Mandalas are circular designs symbolizing the notion that life is never ending.
The design of the mandala is supposed to be visually appealing so as to absorb the mind in such a way that irritating thoughts are unable to get through, enabling a spiritual essence to surround the individual observing the mandala. This allows the busy mind to take a break while the creative mind is allowed to run free.
……….a perfect symbol to create on a day where I feel ‘cooped up’ and need to find a sense of freedom within my mind.