Releasing Anxieties to Gather Inner Strength
Planting the Seed, Watching It Grow
Starting by planting a seed — a dot in the center of the page — we imagined that seed as an element of who we are becoming. Symbolically, we surrounded our seeds with rich, fertile soil by encircling our potential for growth. From there, we drew empowering lines and shapes that radiate outward from our seeds.
Slowly, color was added with watercolor pencils.
Expressing Inner Strength
Everyone made different color choices that reflected the various, personal nuances of what it means to have inner strength.
There is inner strength that is vivid and fierce, bright and brave.
There is inner strength that is soft-spoken and quiet, fluid and full of movement.
Sometimes we need to follow our own direction and let the creation lead us where it may. The mandala to the right intertwines both techniques.
The creator of this mandala took an organic approach to drawing her mandala. After completing it, she made several unexpected associations. The golden center shape seemed lion-like, a fierce protector, while the figure it surrounded was embryonic, a newborn dancing outward from the sea.
She titled her mandala of centering strength “Becoming Whole Again.”
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