September’s mandala inspires us to be benevolent. We’re often reminded to be kind to others. The Dalai Lama even goes so far as to say:
My religion is very simple. My religion is kindness.
And while it seems simple enough, it can be a bit challenging to be kind because the person or persons we’re being asked to be kind to are people we find disagreeable to us or our way of life.
The fascinating thing is the person we’re generally least kind to is ourselves: either in the things we say to ourselves, the things we do to ourselves, or in the things we neglect to do for ourselves. And as long as we continue to be unkind to ourselves, we will continue to find it challenging to be kind to others.
In short, would we even begin to treat others the way we treat ourselves?
This months mandala reminds to be kind and gentle to ourselves in the way that butterflies gently move about their day, with a lightness of touch and an easy manner.
At least once a day take a moment to check in to ask: what’s the kindest thing I can do for myself right now? When in doubt, take a deep breath and become present in our bodies. Then ask the question again.
Know that when we seek the well being within ourselves, we will automatically seek the well being in others.
It’s that simple. Ponder this as we color this month’s mandala.
The Mandala Lady
Be sure to check out Section 9 of the 2015 Mandala of the Year.