What is a Mandala? This is a question I encounter frequently. Without stealing the definition from Wikipedia, let me use my own explanation: A Mandala is used by the Buddhist monks as a meditative tool. It is a snapshot of the artist or the readee, in the moment, where they are in their life right now. I refer to the mandala as the person's cell, representative if their soul being. From the Mandala, you can see where you are and where you are going. Our cells contain our DNA which is in the form of a spiral. In my thesis, compose in my Masters in Creative Art Therapy program, I researched the spiral symbol's reoccurrence in my artwork related to my spirituality. I found this symbol's overwhelming meaning through cultures was that of life force. Native American women would weave plaques for newly married women representing their life path. Even in my own Italian family, from my Great Grandmas to Grandmas, Great Great Aunts to Great Aunts to Aunts, the crochet doilies or bedspreads had their own unique design. I would often wonder if there was a significance of the stitch and the pattern used.
What is very interesting is from a little girl I would create Mandalas as a form of art and relaxation. It was a form of a Mandala where I would draw an outline, it would start like a figure eight (the infinity symbol) and then the drawing of lines would intersect. I would then color each section. There are no accidents and this was the beginning of my spirit connection to art work. In 2017, I have integrated my love for Mandalas with my love crocheting. What I also learned is this creative activity is a huge stress reliever. With the events of 2017, happy, sad, achievements or setbacks, I have grown in many ways. I have been given the opportunity to look deep into myself to discovery who I truly am and where spirit, God, universe, is directing my work and service. Faith is a very important part of my life and I have wonderful role models who lead by example.
I began this blog nearly a year ago last February, I took a hiatus due the blow my family was dealt on June 18, 2017, the passing of beloved Brother Kenny. He battled cancer for a year and as he fought we somehow knew the inevitable and my family's world has seemed to unravel. Some days it seems like the reality is just dream, but the cold reality is it is not and the pain is very real. My Goal is to complete a blog every month and share my experiences and insights with my readers. Here is to a wonderful and successful 2018!