When we think of “friend” we usually associate it in relation to someone outside of ourselves. And depending on how we feel about that someone, would determine what type of friend and how close of a friend we are to that someone. Where we may be fair-weather friends to some, we may be best of friends to others, through the good and the bad times, in all kinds of “weather”.
In looking up the word “friend” in a thesaurus, I found this fascinating list of synonyms:
confidant, colleague, acquaintance, buddy, associate, companion, roommate, partner, cousin, ally, crony, cohort, comrade, chum, sidekick, compatriot, mate, schoolmate, pal, consort, alter ego, soul mate, classmate, playmate, well-wisher, bosom buddy
This month’s mandala invites us to look at this word (and its synonyms) from an inner perspective. How much of an ally are we to ourselves? Would we treat our pals they way we treat ourselves? Are we fair-weather acquaintances or best of buddies with ourselves?
It also gives us this food for thought: until we can honestly be wholehearted friends with ourselves, we limit our capacity to be truly best of friends with anyone else.
Ponder this as we color this month’s Mandala of the Month.
The Mandala Lady
Be sure to check out Section 6 of the 2016 Mandala of the Year.