May 2012: Helpless

May 2012 MotM

Download the May 2012 Mandala of the month

While drawing out this month’s MotM, I kept hearing Neil Young’s song, “Helpless” and it felt like it wanted to be this month’s theme.

We normally associate helpless-ness as a bad thing. defines the word as 1) lacking protection or support and 2) marked by an inability to act or react.

With so much going on in this mandala, it can be a bit overwhelming much like our lives can sometime be at times. I know for me I feel most helpless when I find myself running around in circles, being pulled in every which direction to the point where I wonder what the heck to do next, feeling lost and confused…basically…helpless.

So what to do…what to do…what to do…in these often helpless times?

Breathe…go within…feel your heart…be still…and listen  (repeat as needed)

Every time I do this, it surprises me how quickly an answer comes to me. This also happens when I color mandalas.

For those of you who struggle with meditation or quieting the mind, coloring mandalas can be a great alternative. You can experience the joy and the relaxation that comes with coloring.

If you have a particular issue, set an intention before you start coloring to receive insights about it while you color…then just be with the coloring.

Instead of feeling helpless, reach inward for help…it’s always there for us. While you’re at it, bring out your favorite set of color pencils and start coloring. 🙂

Happy Coloring!


Maureen, The Mandala Lady

Be sure to download/color Section 5 of the 2012 Mandala of the Year.



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