indian mandala inspiration
i am fascinated by indian mandalas. their history, strength and significance. a mandala is a sacred geometric figure that represents the universe. When completed, a mandala becomes a sacred area that serves as a receptable for deities and a collection point of universal forces. It is said that by mentally entering a mandala and proceeding to its center, a person is symbolically guided through the cosmos to the essence of reality. By constructing a mandala, a monk ritually participates in the Buddha's teachings.
yoga is the union of
the individual self with the universal self
what does this mean? perhaps by looking inwards and understanding first our individual self, our authentic and essential self; only then can we can we actually see and value our “ordinariness.” We realize that we are all extensions of eachother. unique yet very divinely connected.
moving into stillness
the gift of grace
“ when you begin to practice, you center yourself,
in touch with your heart, and just remain there. you need not focus on anything particular to begin with. just be spacious and allow thoughts and emotions to settle. try to identify with your breathing, rather than just watching it. at the beginning it is best to simply be spacious, like the sky. think of yourself as the sky, holding the entire universe.”