Download the September 2012 Mandala of the month (link fixed 9/2/12)
When I received the title to this month’s mandala, I realized that we all talk about needing to be calm, to calm down, to relax, breathe yet we overlook or forget about the next part: STAYING calm.
I find I can usually calm down when I need to however before I know it, I’m having to remind myself to calm down again. I can finish a beautiful meditation and within 10 minutes I’m buzzing around doing this and that, all hyped up and raring to go.
This month’s mandala reminds us to find a way to stay in “calm” once we achieve it. I know that the more we practice this concept the longer we can stay in this “calm” state.
The image of this mandala looks like a human head with an outer band around it, acting like a shield keeping the chaos out and the calmness in. It reminds us that regardless of what’s going on around us, internally we want/need to stay calm.
I sense that the center of the ‘head’ marks the location of the pineal gland. Rene Descartes called it the “seat of the soul”. It produces melatonin…
“a structurally simple hormone that communicates information about environmental lighting to various parts of the body. Ultimately, melatonin has the ability to entrain biological rhythms…. The light-transducing ability of the pineal gland has led some to call the pineal the “third eye”. www.vivo.colostate.edu/hbooks/pathphys/endocrine/otherendo/pineal.html
Tom Kenyon, a sound healer, offers an original 5-minute piece of meditation music specifically for the pineal gland. It’s free to download after you agree to his copyright statement. Once on the “Listening” page, scroll down to find the pineal gland meditation: www.tomkenyon.com/listening
So let’s take time this month to bring our “calmness” to the next level. Be calm…stay calm.
Ponder this as you color this month’s mandala.
Happy (Calm) Coloring!
Maureen, The Mandala lady
Be sure to download Section 9 of the 2012 Mandala of the Year.