Beloved Flower Lover,
Welcome to day 10 of your 21-day self-care programme. Taking time for yourself, for your transformation and using flowers is at the very heart of this 21-day programme.
Wherever you are right now, we are so grateful you are still here. Still on the programme. Well done! We are grateful that so many people have been reading this and are really thrilled that they can do so even as we sleep here in London. We always thank the people who created the Internet, Word press and for those teachers who have allowed so much of themselves to be shared with us.
We know that transformation is not just collecting more facts. Transformation comes from an experience that shift us on the inside. We use the natural beauty of flowers, along with the feelings of love to help to do just that. You may have noticed the glimmer in someones eyes when they either give or receive floral beauty. It’s this floral beauty that may help us to feel a little more able to explore all sorts of emotions. Having flowers in around may allow us to feel cared for as we explore feelings like anger, fear, sadness, loneliness, grief, love, joy, peace, happiness and bring them together into a successful marriage.
This was when the idea of creating a floral mandala came into the 21 day programme. We wanted a floral tool for bringing together into one whole image all our feelings about a given situation.
Now before we explain what a mandala is and how you can use it on the 21-day self care programme, we first want to touch on the imagination. It is a part of us that seems to have fallen out of favour in modern times where rational, linear, logical thinking has been precedent. William Blake the 19th century British poet, prophet and artist proposed that the “fall of mankind” was actually the fall from the imagination, the realm of the infinite into Reason, the realm of the already known. Self care often requires re-imagining our lives. Because as Einstein says, “Logic will get you from A-Z. Imagination will get you everywhere.”
What is a Mandala and how do they work?
The word Mandala (pronunciation mon- dah- lah) means “circle”. A Mandala represents wholeness, a diagram reminding us of our relation to infinity. It can also be created by individuals to symbolize their journeys through life. Mandalas can also tell a story of where an individual or group has been. In some cases they can be used to visualise the individual’s or group’s path in life.
A mandala is far more than a simple shape. The design of the mandala is supposed to be visually appealing so as to absorb the mind in such a way that fear, worry, anger, grief, sadness and loneliness thoughts are unable to get through and instead the spiritual essence of joy and peace surrounds the individual looking at the mandala. This allows the mind to take a break while the creative mind is allowed to feel peaceful and speak clearly. Very clearly. When it speaks you can then take the time to listen to it’s message.
Create your own flower mandala
Begin by gathering flowers.
You can gather them from your own garden, or a friend’s garden, or the market stall/supermarket.
You can use whole flowers or pull the petals off and use the petals in your design.
You can also gather leaves, vines, sticks, rocks, plus crystals like ‘rose quartz’.
Decide where you will make your mandala. It could be on the grass outside, or on a tabletop in your house, or on a tray that could be carried from place to place.
A shallow bowl could be filled with water, to allow the blossoms to last a bit longer.
Think about a color scheme, based on the flowers that you have gathered.
Think about big pieces and small pieces.
Decide on the intention behind your mandala. It’s theme is totally your choice. Love, peace, gratitude, reconciliation between yourself and a dear one, your own well-being, your abundance, whatever. You choose. It’s yours and yours alone! Get creative with what you choose to create.
Choose a flower or petals for the very center of the mandala and put it in place. Then build circular layers out from there. Allow yourself to create anything that comes to you.
If you like, you can photograph your mandala when it’s done.
Sharing is optional! When you’re done creating your personal mandala reflect on it. If you do share with someone else, don’t spend time analyzing, wondering or explaining what you have done. It doesn’t have to make sense to anyone but you. It’s yours!
- When you are done sharing your personal mandala with others, make sure you display it somewhere where you can see it; good places include on your fridge, mobile phone, computer or anywhere where you will get a chance to absorb it on a daily basis.
- Of course, your mandala will change as you change and your life changes. Feel free to change it anyway you want or create a whole new personal mandala; it’s up to you and what works best for your current life and/or current situation!
- Enjoy its beauty for as long as it lasts, then gather up the wilting petals and leaves, and offer them to the wind or a stream, pond, lake or by the seashore. Your intentions of love, peace and joy will travel far and wide!
Lovely. We look forward to you having lots of fun creating your own mandala.
The London Flower Lover
p.s. The birthing of the 21-day Self-Care Programme was jointly inspired by conversations with Core Success, Mentoring and Training for Women: Manchester