For the last 5 or 6 days I’ve been hearing the word “simplify” over and over again in my head. I’m pretty sure it comes from this feeling of being overwhelmed with all that I want, should and need to do…both in my personal and artist/business life.
At times, this feeling wakes me up in the middle of the night, triggering my fears and worries about how I’ll ever get it all done. Then during the day it seems like more stuff gets piled on and I end up doing everything BUT what I really wanted to do.
When I allow myself to quiet my busy mind, I’ll hear this voice that asks “what absolutely has to be done right now?” That’s when I stop and realize I can whittle my long to-do list down to a more doable 2 or 3 items, which then eases the pressure a bit. And more importantly, I can focus more clearly on just those things and actually get them done.
This mandala wants us to examine our lives to find areas where we can simplify. I look around and wonder “do I really need all these ___________?” (gadgets, books, clothes, baskets,
shoes, mugs, art supplies, pens, bars of chocolate, photographs, etc. etc. etc.) or “do I really need to do ___________ right now or can it wait for another day?”
Even the mandala for this month is a bit simpler than ones perviously. It will allow you to color it in as is or play around with adding your own doodles, patterns, and shapes within the different sections.
What this mandala is really asking us to do is to determine what’s really of value to us and then let go of all the rest. And before we add anything new to our lives, ask ourselves “is this really necessary?” or “why do I want this?” It it fails to pass the “value” test…let it go. Too often we just add more on because we think we need it or we’re afraid will miss out on something if we pass on it. Time to break out of these old habits.
Our mantra for this month: Simplify! Simplify! Simplify!
With simplicity comes freedom. With simplicity comes creativity. With simplicity comes joy.
Ponder this as you color this month’s mandala.
Maureen, The Mandala lady
Be sure to download Section 5 of the 2013 Mandala of the Year