This is the second time I painted this specific mandala. I love the design with its intricacies. So much fun to color it. While coloring this particular mandala, I felt that it represented friends. For so long I’ve thought about how I have a network of friends – a network which consists of sub-networks. Some parts of these sub-networks intersect while others don’t. There are some commonalities (e.g. shared values, passion, ideologies, interests, etc.) but some differences as well. All of them collectively define my circle of friends and acquaintances. They have impacted me in one way or another, and have a share in making me who I am now. However, there are a few friends who are special and form the inner circle – the most intimate one. They have inspired me the most. To each of my friends and acquaintances, I offer a special ‘Thank You!” for crossing my life and staying in it.
Procrastination – thy name is creativity! I was at office when I decided to start my day with coloring a mandala. Had dry-erasable board markers handy so used them for this mandala. Happy with the results. This one is posted on my office notice board 🙂
I absolutely love this one. The colors came out quite vibrant and I felt really good after finishing this mandala. To me, this mandala represents life. Sometimes, everything in life appears to be random. But, at other times, one can see beautiful patterns in it. The individual threads work together to create a master pattern containing sub-patterns.
It’s interesting (and, sometimes, annoying) to see that some colors can come out as completely different than what is expected. Case in point: The red colored permanent marker which actually came out as ‘brown’! However, even with the brown shade, the end result was quite good. My clouded patchwork – you could’ve looked different, but I love you for what you look like now 🙂
This is my first ever attempt of coloring a mandala using permanent markers. I was at my office and felt like painting a mandala. Since I did not have water colors with me, the next choice was the available permanent markers. The result was unexpectedly good. When life gives you permanent markers, use them!
Why did I name this mandala ‘window to the soul’ instead of naming it ‘windows to the soul’? There are multiple windows. Multiple ways to see a soul. Sometimes, we only see the window and don’t even go beyond that. There are times when we color the window from outside making it opaque. At other times, the soul shuts down the shutters of the window. Reasons could be many. Maybe they’re afraid of getting hurt? Maybe they’re hoping that the person(s) on the other side will knock on the window? Maybe it is a defense mechanism to keep unwanted people out? I wonder if sometimes it happens that the soul within is so dark and opaque that one just cannot reach it despite trying to approach it through various windows. This theme reminds me of the Papal Address of May 7, 2014, in which Pope Francis talked about the gift of counsel. When a soul is hidden or buried under its burdens, the gift of counsel or the act of reaching out can make a lot of difference. That’s also the message from Kevin Briggs’ (aka Guardian of the Golden Gate Bridge) TED 2014 talk.
Sometimes, my mind is like a maze. I enter at one place and end up at a completely unexpected place. Life is also like that. At every step, we are faced with multiple possibilities. The steps we take affect the end result. So many steps, so many possibilities. Just as the same maze can be colored using completely different colors and patterns. The maze has multiple exits, i.e. no one correct exit. Depending on one’s choices, one will end up at a particular exit. Not right, not wrong, just another exit – another place to be. One can also retrace their steps (sometimes) and take another route to end up at another exit. Also, one can decide to exit the maze or stay in it endlessly. Isn’t that what happens when we experience regret? An endless maze of regrets or a liberating experience of learning. The choice is ours.