Harmony

harmony-mandala

 While I was absent from WordPress as I gathered together my thoughts and energies I spent some time painting in watercolours..

I had been given a wonderful gift by my friend Cynthia Sageleaf over at her Intuitive and Spiritual  Website of downloading a colouring book  of Mandala’s that she had created.. So I decided to print one off and paint it with watercolours.. 

I have spent many minutes gazing into its middle depths as I meditate,  I seem to get sucked into the flower within its centre.. Reminding me of the Lotus .. 

The lotus grows in muddy water,  it is this environment that gives forth the flower’s first and most literal meaning: rising and blooming above the muddy murky waters to achieve enlightenment.

Most of us have often found ourselves confronting our own shadows from time to time.. Its only going through our own dark places that we then begin to rise up as wake up to the Light which surrounds us all..  Only the brightest of light enables us to see our own shadows. And it is often only going through those darker days do we then begin to rise up to see our truth worth.. 

I found a meaning of the colours here of the Lotus flower the site is linked below.. 

“The color bears importance in the meaning of the lotus flower in Buddhism. A white lotus flower refers to purity of the mind and the spirit. If a lotus flower is red, it refers to compassion and love. The blue lotus flower refers to the common sense; it uses wisdom and logic to create enlightenment. The pink lotus flower represents the history of Buddha and the historical legends of the Buddha. A purple lotus flower speaks of spirituality and mysticism. Finally, the gold lotus flower represents all achievement of all enlightenment, especially in the Buddha.”

I had no idea of the meanings of the colours while creating it.. I just went with my own intuitive flow.. To me the colours of harmony are represented in earthy colours too. The center golds and oranges of the wheat-like shapes, to me represent corn and the importance of planting and harvesting. Not only through our gardens but the seeds we sow with our our thoughts and words which are followed through by our actions.. Reaping what we sow is what we harvest back in the deeds we have sown.  

The green which threaded its way throughout the mandala spoke to me of the grass lands.. The many species of grasses which are a staggering  11,369 separate species which bind our earth together.. I can not image  a world without its meadows and grasslands.. 

The coloured circles represent to me completeness, because it has no beginning, no end and no direction. Its also the shape of many seeds of creation reaching out with the blades of grass growing in-between. 

The outer petals containing the rainbow of colours that bent and sways like the ripples of the waves in the ocean with the inverted flame.. Forever burning in all of our hearts..Should we care to rekindle it.. 

I did not know what Cynthia thought as she drew this wonderful Mandala.. But I hope my own interpretation and coloration did her wonderful artwork justice.. 

This is the first Post of the New Year and its Heading is fitting.. For I so Wish for Harmony to prevail in all of your lives this year and well into the Beyond of all of our futures for we are One with Each other along with our Earth Mother.   

May 2017 Bring you your Dreams, Your Desires, and as you take each step 

If we are Facing the right direction, all we have to do is keep walking” ~Buddha~

Love and Blessings for a wonderful New Year 

~Sue~

 

 

 

 

Sources:

https://buddhists.org/buddhist-symbols/the-meaning-of-the-lotus-flower-in-buddhism/

http://www.kew.org/data/grassbase/news.htm

 

117 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. Mél@nie
    Jan 01, 2017 @ 15:30:37

    bonne année et bonne santé, Sue! 🙂 thanx for dropping by my playground, my very best and have a formidable 2017! friendly thoughts & cheers! 🙂 Mélanie Bedos-Nicolas

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  2. DailyMusings
    Jan 01, 2017 @ 15:38:21

    it is beautiful!

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  3. litebeing
    Jan 01, 2017 @ 15:44:07

    Such a magnificent creation, the beauty of you shining through.
    Happy 2017 , in which we set our intentions of peace, harmony, and abundance of love and spirit to carpet the Earth and all of Creation.

    with love, Linda ❤

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  4. Heartafire
    Jan 01, 2017 @ 15:46:02

    So beautiful Sue Your beautiful work of art has inspired me to begin to paint again, and maybe get back into meditation…Happy New Year Sue ❤

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  5. Teagan Geneviene
    Jan 01, 2017 @ 15:50:02

    Beautiful post to begin 2017, Sue. Happy New Year, and mega hugs.

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  6. Sageleaf
    Jan 01, 2017 @ 15:50:36

    Words cannot express…such beauty…such a compliment…such a heart bursting with love and appreciation…such awesomeness…such…such…you have made my YEAR!
    Sweet Sue, to think you did this in watercolor – the precision and know-how required to do just that! – and derived such meaning and that it has brought you joy and contemplation. This. This right there is all a person could ask for. To know that in my little way, I’m making a difference. You have such beauty and creativity and I, too, wish you harmony. That word. Harmony. It imbibes such love and coexistence and peacefulness. I can see why this word and mandala spoke to you. I’m sending you much love and white light sweet friend…and hopes for an abundance of harmony all around you in 2017 and beyond. Thank you for sharing this. Thank you for your kindness and light. You always make my heart sing!

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    • Sue Dreamwalker
      Jan 01, 2017 @ 16:02:33

      The thanks go out to you sweet Cynthia.. for your gift has brought me hours of love.. both in my creation and in my contemplation.. And I am only delighted that your seed you have sown in giving is now being returned to you my friend..
      I can not begin to thank you enough.. Your drawings I know will help fill many a wonderful hour of painting.. I printed off Light to do next.. 🙂

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  7. David
    Jan 01, 2017 @ 15:56:39

    Beautiful Sue, I gave such a book to my youngest daughter at Christmas. As for Buddha well, we always say that we do not look at each other because we always look in the same direction! Love, David

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  8. Jennie
    Jan 01, 2017 @ 16:02:41

    Beautiful, Sue!

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  9. April
    Jan 01, 2017 @ 16:13:34

    I like to use colored pencils to escape in my pages of various patterns. I never considered the colors I’ve used but I do received different feelings when I review various pages. Maybe I’m subconsciously thinking of the color and I’m actually experiencing my mind and its moods. I’m going to pay a little more attention. Thanks. 🙂

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  10. Visionkeeper
    Jan 01, 2017 @ 16:18:23

    Hey Lady! Happy New Year. Hopefully one that births peace and prosperity for all. Love the mandala painting! Great color choices! I am wishing only good things for you and your family in 2017. It is time we all began to experience peace and joy again. May this year be the year we succeed. Get out the seed catalogs my friend,
    spring is not far off now! So ready. Peace to you DW….Hugs…VK ❤

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    • Sue Dreamwalker
      Jan 03, 2017 @ 14:56:45

      Dear VK… So lovely to see you.. Did you have a joyous Christmas.. 🙂 The seeds were ordered in November and arrived just before Christmas through our allotment association.. So yes they have been poured over and the planning in my head has already started as to where they are to be planted out.. 🙂 I am moving my flower bed of Dahlia’s this year.. 🙂
      Yes let us hope for a Wonderful Unified 2017 where by we spread more kindness and Harmony with each other..
      Lots of Love returned as your New Year is Wished for Peaceful, Healthy and Harmonious One.. Love and Hugs my friend xx Sue ❤

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  11. Hariod Brawn
    Jan 01, 2017 @ 16:48:11

    Really lovely work, dear Sue! Will you frame it and hang it in your home, I wonder? Perhaps you sell your work through galleries? H ❤

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    • Sue Dreamwalker
      Jan 03, 2017 @ 14:45:50

      Big smiles Hariod that you should even think them worthy of sale or in a gallery.. .. LOL.. No my goodness,But thank you for thinking they are worthy.. They will go into my folder of paintings I do.. I have lots of paintings of my own though hung on my walls.. In fact my home is covered in them.. 🙂 Especially my stairs which is plastered with my pastel art animals.. 🙂 I am sure long after I am gone someone will browse through them and either keep them or throw them.. :-)… Nothing is permanent in this world is it.. 🙂
      Many thanks for such a great compliment Hariod.. 🙂 ❤ ❤

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  12. Erika Kind
    Jan 01, 2017 @ 16:56:18

    What an amazing intuitive choice of colors. You are a flow of spiritual creativity, Sue! It is astounding to find out about the meaning AFTER we already did something. Wow! And it looks just so beautiful 💖

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  13. smilecalm
    Jan 01, 2017 @ 17:01:15

    a rich beauty, Sue!
    not realizing why
    i simply liked
    all those colors
    up til now.
    wishing you a joyful
    and colorful new year, david 🙂

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  14. suzicate
    Jan 01, 2017 @ 17:26:01

    That is absolutely beautiful, love the color selection! Wishing you a 2017 filled with love and blessings!

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  15. IreneDesign2011
    Jan 01, 2017 @ 17:37:23

    Your mandala is so beautiful Sue with lovely colors. I do mandalas sometimes, but I haven’t tried with watercolors yet. It helps me to center my mind.
    Wish you a new and wonderful year

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  16. Writing to Freedom
    Jan 01, 2017 @ 18:26:38

    This is a wonderful co-creation with you and Cynthia. I love her mandalas and what you’ve done with yours. May we plant and nurture more seeds of love and harmony for 2017. Hopefully, I’m facing in the right direction for 2017!
    Hugs and blessings to you and yours Sue. ❤

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  17. The Coastal Crone
    Jan 01, 2017 @ 18:37:00

    Beautiful work! Peace and harmony in 2017 to you also!

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  18. Ka Malana - Fiestaestrellas.com
    Jan 01, 2017 @ 21:41:04

    Sue, you amaze me in just about every way. It’s easy to admire what you’ve done here! ❤ In thought, organization and composition, even in your exposition. You are a marvelous channel. Peace, Love, and Kindness to you, your family, and all beings. Aloha, Ka

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    • Sue Dreamwalker
      Jan 03, 2017 @ 13:55:18

      Awww.. thank you Ka.. You just made my head swell around 6 inches.. I am sure I will not get into my winter bobble hat now.. 🙂 haha…We are all of us channels my friend.. 🙂 Thank you for that.. Wishing you and yours a wonderful Happy New Year xxx ❤

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  19. Mark Lanesbury
    Jan 01, 2017 @ 22:06:46

    You most certainly did do it justice Sue, your creation is very beautiful and calming…you are facing the right direction 😀

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  20. insearchofitall
    Jan 01, 2017 @ 22:32:33

    I loved the colors you used here. I’m quite sure it’s very meditative. My daughter does a lot of this kind of painting. I may one day. It feels very calming. Your header for New Years on the other hand is very festive and happy. Loved it and appreciate all the information here. I’ll pop over to see your friends site shortly. Hugs, M

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    • Sue Dreamwalker
      Jan 03, 2017 @ 13:52:36

      Yes it is very calming.. And yes that Header was a bit of dazzling fun for the New Year Sparkle effect LOL.. Its now much more calmer and tranquil again LOL 🙂 Painting is very calming and filling in the small sections requires patience, also a good meditative practice.. 🙂 Your daughters paintings sounds lovely too.. Happy New Year Marlene. and thank you xxx

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  21. Genie
    Jan 01, 2017 @ 23:02:18

    ~ Lovely ~

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  22. Dalo 2013
    Jan 02, 2017 @ 01:40:41

    Could there ever be a more perfect post to not only start the New Year with but to come back to the WP community and read today ~ simply elegant and insightful Sue. You’ve tapped a theme for me with your ending quote: “If we are Facing the right direction, all we have to do is keep walking.” Yes, indeed. With support of family and friends around the globe, it will indeed be a magnificent year. Take care ~

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    • Sue Dreamwalker
      Jan 03, 2017 @ 13:41:04

      What a wonderful compliment Randall you have paid me.. Thank you my friend.. Yes I too believe if we support each other within the things that matter, with family friends and unify through love and Kindness.. This indeed will be a memorable year.. Sending My thoughts and well wishes your way Randall for a Very Happy Healthy and Harmoniously Abundant filled Year to you and yours..
      Blessings Sue 🙂

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  23. TamrahJo
    Jan 02, 2017 @ 02:58:52

    Happy New Year, Dreamwalker!! 🙂 Your talent for color never fails to amaze me! I’ve tried to use all the color wheel in mandalas (um, colored pencils, cuz I ain’t a real artist… 🙂 and it ends up looking awful and disharmonious – obviously, I should only be allowed 1 colored pencil with which to create gradients of color, so everything blends and matches and works – – LOL

    It is interesting to me, though, how mother nature is trying to teach me better – I gravitate towards the cool side of the color wheel and for planned plantings at my new spot on earth, some 3 years ago, I declared, “Purple and white shall rule – which means there will be shades of green/blue, too….) – LOL

    And yet, why would I wipe out the yellow dandelion? tasty in salads in the spring, maybe someday, I’ll successfully make wine from the petals and it perks along here with no help from me, at all – 🙂

    And don’t ya know – the wild poppy, with it’s bright red orange has multiplied from 1 to over 40 and I just enlarged the perennial area for it to grow and play in. and the burgundy and gold amaranth love the same sandy soil/drought conditions the poppy, dandelions and rhubarb do – 🙂

    And so, though I may work to plant my cool colors, Mother Nature says, “Here, dear, let us add a splash of warm – here, here and oh, yes! over here! And now, is that not much better?”

    Lol – I’ll let Her choose where the pallet lands – my job is to prepare the canvas, no? LOL

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    • Sue Dreamwalker
      Jan 03, 2017 @ 13:33:20

      What a wonderful Colourful Comment TamrahJo.. Lovely to hear from you again.. 🙂 And yes Dandelions are nutritious and I love the odd cup of dandelion tea now and again.. Rhubarb makes a delicious Wine.. though like your colour theme of purple and white it took 3 yrs to clear in the demi jar.. 🙂 but was like nectar to taste.. 🙂
      Thank you for your wonderful Pallet of colour and delightful images you left me upon my Canvas here dear Tamrah.. Have a wonderful Happy New Year my friend. Take care of yourself.. Remember.. One step at a time.. 🙂 And keep facing forward.. :-D.. Love and Hugs.. Sue xxx

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  24. dilipnaidu
    Jan 02, 2017 @ 03:04:30

    A beautiful and meaningful interpretation Sue. May the New year bring in an abundance of harmony to all.

    Kind regards and best wishes 💐

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  25. Paul Handover
    Jan 02, 2017 @ 05:44:11

    Sue, your posts so very often remind me of such valuable ideas and lessons. Plus, just loved that painting. Harmony! So, so key to our inner peace that is the font of our outer peace. The Happiest of New Years to you.

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    • Sue Dreamwalker
      Jan 03, 2017 @ 13:09:51

      My theme for this is to hopefully add more valuable lessons in with my posts.. She says with good intentions.. 🙂 Thank you for that lovely comment Paul.. and I so thank you for your New Year wishes.. 🙂

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  26. charliezero1.wordpress.com
    Jan 02, 2017 @ 06:19:39

    I miss you sue. Happy New Years my friend. 🙂 yay!!! 2017. 🙂

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  27. balroop2013
    Jan 02, 2017 @ 06:50:16

    The harmony of colors in this painting is amazing Sue! Though there are many colors but they seem to merge into each other! Love the message too…keep walking dear friend. Wishing you a wonderful year!

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    • Sue Dreamwalker
      Jan 03, 2017 @ 12:56:11

      Thank you for your encouragement dear Balroop, I so appreciate it, and yes thank you for allowing me also to walk a ways following your own beautiful heart and inspirations.. Love and Blessings Sue ❤

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  28. Ben Naga
    Jan 02, 2017 @ 11:54:13

    A nice offering. Appreciated.

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  29. voulaah
    Jan 02, 2017 @ 15:14:09

    Je te souhaite une bonne et heureuse année 2017
    Tous mes meilleurs voeux
    bisous de Madagascar

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  30. gageier
    Jan 03, 2017 @ 14:52:52

    Liebe Sue danke für deine so lieben Worte wünsche dir auch ein gutes gesundes neue Jahr,Gislinde geht es den Umständen soweit gut jeder neue Tag ist ein schöner Tag Klaus in Freundschaft

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  31. JoAnna
    Jan 03, 2017 @ 19:36:27

    It’s an exquisitely beautiful mandala. And I see what you mean about being drawn to the center. This line you wrote speaks to me: “… it is often only going through those darker days do we then begin to rise up to see our truth worth.” It summarizes the chapter in my book on grief. I’m going to quote you on twitter.

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    • Sue Dreamwalker
      Jan 04, 2017 @ 09:54:04

      Oh bless you JoAnna.. Lovely compliment you have paid me.. Yes, we often think on our darker days as setbacks.. Yet they present a great opportunity for our growth..
      Good luck with your Book my friend.. And thank you so much for the mention. 🙂 ❤

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  32. AmyRose🌹
    Jan 03, 2017 @ 20:48:11

    Oh my gosh, Sue, you have no idea how long I gazed at your Mandala!! I just LOVE the colors you used. It is gorgeous and just oozes Harmony. Your talent shows your Heart so perfectly. For those of us walking the Higher Way, Harmony is ever present. Rising above the mud and the darkness is so very tough at times but then when we unfold and bloom as the Lotus, our Light so does shine!! And your Light does shine, dear friend! Much Love to you and Happy New Year!!

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    • Sue Dreamwalker
      Jan 04, 2017 @ 09:48:52

      Aww Bless your dear Heart Amy for those kind words.. 🙂 I thank you so much for them.. Yes its only through wading through a little mud from time to time we begin to see the Light was always shining above us.. We just needed to pull ourselves up and bask in it.. And it soon drys.. peeling away.. Many thanks for stopping by Amy.. Big hugs to you and I wish you so much joy for 2017 xx

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  33. stephensmustang1
    Jan 03, 2017 @ 22:29:31

    I love the watercolor but I love knowing your thought process behind the colors just as much.
    May this year bring you joy, happiness and peace.
    Love and hugs, my friend.

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  34. dgkaye
    Jan 04, 2017 @ 03:57:56

    Love everything this post represents Sue – the Mandela, the lotus, the color representation and your thoughts. Like Buddha said, keep walking! May we be blessed with a better 2017! 🙂 xoxo ❤

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  35. From the Desk of MarDrag
    Jan 04, 2017 @ 17:10:46

    Beautiful picture and colors and meanings. Thank you for the reminder that Harmony is the song of life and we need to listen to it more often…and sing it too! Wishing you the absolute best for the New Year.

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  36. belasbrightideas
    Jan 04, 2017 @ 17:38:53

    Sue, this is lovely. I love these coloring books. Got into Zentangle for awhile, but the pads languish in the cupboard for now (as do the coloring books). You’ve done a wonderful job. Funny you were repeatedly drawn to the lotus flower; I can’t get past the rattlesnake rattles of lavender and periwinkle. I don’t know if it’s the colors or the shapes, or just that they appear to stabilise the circle. Then there’s the orange/yellow sweater knit surrounding the lotus flower, itself. So interesting! My education is in Jungian Psych, so maybe it’s the art therapy part I’m drawn to. I do think you did your friend’s mandala more than justice! Aloha, dear one.

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  37. Oscar Dandelion
    Jan 04, 2017 @ 17:56:01

    I enjoyed reading this one, Sue. I was thinking of Mandalas recently. I am so grateful that we have many colours to enjoy, colours have always meant a lot to me; at different times, certain ones becoming more prominent coinciding with different life events, I believe giving me strength. Thank you for sharing your mandala. xox

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  38. Lynz Real Cooking
    Jan 04, 2017 @ 18:54:20

    So lovely Sue! xoxo

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  39. Eddie Two Hawks
    Jan 04, 2017 @ 20:39:27

    Each heart has their own beat and feels their own rhythm. Yet our collective minds have surrendered within your mandala and ‘harmony’ begins.
    May your New Year be filled with happiness and fulfilment. with love, Eddie

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  40. Hannah (BitterSweet)
    Jan 04, 2017 @ 20:59:25

    Warmest, happiest wishes for the New Year! May it be one filed with inspiration, beauty, and wonder. I can’t wait to read all about it. 🙂

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  41. Maria Wind Talker
    Jan 04, 2017 @ 21:45:07

    Beautiful Sue, you are so gifted.
    happy joyful creative new year 🙂 xxx

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  42. europasicewolf
    Jan 05, 2017 @ 11:28:32

    Looks beautiful Sue! Must be what’s bringing all torday’s sunshine lol I hope this New year brings everything you hope for 😀xx

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  43. Maniparna Sengupta Majumder
    Jan 06, 2017 @ 21:19:07

    It is beautiful, Sue! I loved the colour combination and the mandalas. The colours are soothing and are placed in perfect harmony presenting the overall effect of serenity.

    You’ve so wisely said about the lotus, that it rises from the muddy water to bloom into a beauty. The great poet Rabindranath Tagore said in the same way in one of his poems. The implied meaning is, nobody should be judged for her/his birth, it’s their work and fruition of that, should be counted.

    I’m really amazed once again by your wisdom and profoundness of thought.
    Wish you a wonderful 2017 ahead…<3 Stay blessed… 🙂

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    Jan 08, 2017 @ 08:28:27

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    Have a good day

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  45. Somali K Chakrabarti
    Jan 09, 2017 @ 05:39:37

    Beautiful artwork Sue. In Buddhism they have this ritual of making a Mandala. The process is a celebration of creation and creativity, and also symbolizes the impermanence of life. Making it is an engrossing and joyful process, visual patterns and colours draw people into it, and after it is made and used for the rituals, the mandala is destroyed, as nothing on earth lasts forever. When replicated in a colouring book, we can experience a part of the creative process at our convenience.
    Loved your interpretation and the meaning of colours. 🙂

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  46. aussieian2011
    Jan 16, 2017 @ 11:50:32

    I love Mandala’s Sue, to read and understand them is a great source of contentment within oneself.
    A mandala in a prominent place in a home is a beautiful daily reminder of our Spirituality, for me I have a Tibetan bowl on a side table that gets rung every time it is passed, its echoes are soothing.
    Kind regards.

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