2014: Section 9

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In honor of the Chinese Year of the Horse that began January 31, 2014, I’m dedicating the 2014 Mandala of the Year to the Horse. Each month we’ll explore a trait or symbol of the horse to explore how we can incorporate it into our lives.

Horse Sweetness
In Section 9 we embrace the horse energy of sweetness.

What does it mean to have sweetness? It means to come from a place of caring, to be understanding, and to be kind…both to ourselves and to others.

We are all on our own individual journeys through this life while at the same time sharing our journey with all those in our lives…both directly and indirectly.

You never truly know someone until you’ve walked a mile in their shoes.

It’s easy to judge and be critical of ourselves, others, and circumstances…yet often times we rarely know the full story. For example, maybe the reason that person cut us off in traffic is because s/he had to rush their injured child to the hospital.

To come from a place of sweetness means to be accepting and caring of ourselves and others. To just be with the person where they are instead of trying to fix them or change them. Can others trust us to be accepting of them without judgement or criticism?

Sweetness also means to allow ourselves to be vulnerable with others, to trust, to have faith that others are there for us…all we have to do is just ask.

Ponder this while coloring this month’s section of the 2014 Mandala of the Year.

Happy Coloring!

joyfully,
Maureen, The Mandala Lady

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2014: Section 8

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In honor of the Chinese Year of the Horse that began January 31, 2014, I’m dedicating the 2014 Mandala of the Year to the Horse. Each month we’ll explore a trait or symbol of the horse to explore how we can incorporate it into our lives.

In Section 8 we embrace the horse energy of intuition.

The horses are masters of intuition and powerful teachers in helping us become more deeply aware to ours and learn how to begin not only to recognize it but to trust and act upon it. – from Hillary’s post on “Horses and the Wisdom of Intuition” on the Epona Rise Retreats web site

In our western culture we place more emphasis on our brain capabilities than on our intuition. Very early on we learn to ignore our intuition and eventually stop trusting it.

This month’s section reminds us to value our intuition, improve on it, and to trust it more. All it requires of us is to practice using it and to learn its language. The more we do, the more we can trust it and thus gain access to guidance beyond our limited brain capacity.

Plan of Action

  1. Declare an intention to honor our intuitive self, such as: “From this day forth, I use my intuition more and more, trusting that it has my best interest at heart as well as the greater good.”
  2. To help learn the language of intuition, pay attention to our body signals and what follows. Whenever something happens, positive or negative, note where it is felt in the body? Is it consistent? For example, if the stomach or chest feels like it’s shrinking inward prior to something negative happening or when around a negative person, that may be the intuition letting us know that very thing. Or if the stomach or chest feels light and open that may be the body language of something positive. Other possible body clues: goosebumps, sudden shiver up the spine, tingling sensations in different areas of the body. For each of us it may be different.
  3. Learn to use a tool which will help connect us to our intuition, such as oracle cards, pendulums, energy testing, etc.

Using Intuition When Coloring

We can start using our intuition with the coloring of this month’s section. Spend about 15-20 minutes at a time for coloring. Here’s how:

  1. set up your space with the coloring tools of your choice spread out so that all the colors can be easily seen
  2. set an intention that you wish to use your intuition to color this section of the MotY as an exercise in learning to use and trust your intuition. Ask that it assist you in coloring this section so that you find it pleasing to you when you’re finish coloring it.
  3. pick an area in the mandala section that you want to color next
  4. now look at your colors, whatever color you notice FIRST, use that color…without question or judgement.
  5. repeat steps 5 & 6 as needed
  6. as you color, be aware of any insights that come to  you
  7. also be aware of any new ideas that come to mind on how to color this section especially if they are different from the way you normally color…trust that thought and go with it.

Happy Coloring!

joyfully,

Maureen, The Mandala Lady

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2014: Section 7

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In honor of the Chinese Year of the Horse that began January 31, 2014, I’m dedicating the 2014 Mandala of the Year to the Horse. Each month we’ll explore a trait or symbol of the horse to explore how we can incorporate it into our lives.

In Section 7 we embrace the horse energy of playfulness.
(25 examples in this video playlist)

The message for this section is quite simple: for our overall health and well-being…

  1. We must find time to play – to horse around
  2. Incorporate play into our everyday activities
  3. And when time seems to prohibit us from play, then find a way to do our “serious” stuff in a playful manner

#1 & #2 are self-explanatory. Here are some ideas for #3

  • for women, wear playful jewelry or accessories (feather boas are particularly nice) with “serious” clothes
  • for men, wear playful socks, tie, handkerchief, watch, jewelry, etc.
  • add playful covers to tech toys
  • wear a clown nose while driving (as long as you can still see clearly, of course)
  • take a moment to do an energetic happy dance at work (in the office, cubicle, work space…or if that’s a bit intimidating…then do it in the bathroom or in the elevator…any place where we can easily (and comfortably) give ourselves a playful booster shot
  • when walking, add a few skips…remember how to skip? (here’s another “how to skip“…love this lady!)
  • listen to happy music or comedy albums
  • wear a playful hat, tutu, angel wings, all of the above, etc.
  • write with colorful gel pens
  • color mandalas while attending meetings (this is my favorite idea). Contrary to popular belief (and yet scientifically proven) coloring/doodling while at meetings brings our creativity into play, making meetings more productive, giving us greater access to “outside the box” problem solving!
me wearing angel costume at work

Wearing angel costume at work; gave a presentation that day. Very fun!

Feel free to share any of your ideas for being playful while doing serious stuff. I’d love to read them…and try them. :-)

Be sure to play as you color this month section.

Happy Coloring!

joyfully,

Maureen, The Mandala Lady
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2014: Section 6

2014 Section 6

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In honor of the Chinese Year of the Horse that began January 31, 2014, I’m dedicating the 2014 Mandala of the Year to the Horse. Each month we’ll explore a trait or symbol of the horse to explore how we can incorporate it into our lives.

In Section 6 we embrace the horse energy of grace.

Grace Horse

Several definitions for grace offered by the online Oxford Dictionary include: simple elegance or refinement of movement; an attractively polite manner of behaving; a divinely given talent or blessing.

What do we mean by grace within the context of this mandala? It means to be, to act, to come from this place of our Higher Selves in all that we do and all that we are, all the while living in these human bodies, having our human experiences.

It’s a lofty goal and one that, while we strive for it, raises our vibration and puts us ever closer to a peaceful and joyful existence. When I think of humans who demonstrate this type of grace in our time, I think of Mother Theresa, the Dalai Lama, and Martin Luther King Jr.

Some examples of grace in our every daily lives:

  • taking the high road when we’d rather do otherwise
  • taking a deep breath, when we’d rather lash out
  • holding the door open for someone to enter or leave before we do
  • cheering for someone who succeeded at something we wish to achieve for ourselves
  • spending quality time with someone in need, being 100% present, when we’d rather be doing something else
  • allowing someone else to take center stage
  • being understanding when someone lashes out at us, knowing that they are coming from a place of pain, fear and/or hurt
  • paying a kindness forward
  • embracing our inner swan when we think we’re ugly ducklings
  • taking the time to really listen to what others have to say rather than thinking about the next thing we want to say
  • accepting people as they are rather than trying to fix them
  • being able to maintain our composure despite what may be going on around us

Whenever we struggle with accessing this grace or are unsure what to do in any given situation, turn inward to consciously connect with our Higher Self to ask for guidance. My favorite prayer to my H.S.: help me to see this [person, situation] differently. I always receive an answer; sometimes immediately, other times within a day or two.

Just know, that when we come from this place of grace, our inner light, our inner beauty shines through, lifting us and those around us to an even higher state of grace. The higher we go, the closer we are to peace and joy.

Ponder this as you color this month section.

Happy Coloring!

joyfully,

Maureen, The Mandala Lady
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2014: Section 5

2014 Section 5

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In honor of the Chinese Year of the Horse that began January 31, 2014, I’m dedicating the 2014 Mandala of the Year to the Horse. Each month we’ll explore a trait or symbol of the horse to explore how we can incorporate it into our lives.

In Section 5 we embrace the horse energy of beauty.

Horse - Beauty

We all know the phrase “beauty is in the eye of the beholder” meaning what may be beautiful to one person may be the complete opposite for someone else.

For this section, we define beauty as that which brings us great joy, it takes our breath away, it opens our hearts, and it often makes us stop what we are doing to take it all in.

We’re being asked this month to pay close attention to the beauty that’s all around us in our day-to-day lives, beauty that we often overlook or dismiss as we go about taking care of our busy-ness.

Take extra moments throughout the day to notice signs of beauty already present in our lives, like:

  • a lady bug on a leaf
  • a baby laughing
  • children playing
  • a dog running
  • a building’s architecture
  • cloud patterns in the sky
  • a loved one preparing dinner
  • a garden coming to life
  • a cat napping
  • an elderly couple holding hands
  • a shop’s window display
  • someone holding a door open for someone else
  • fresh produce at the market

The more we notice the beauty around us, the more we open ourselves up to accepting our own inner beauty. The more we can see beauty in others, the more we can see it in ourselves.

As we color this section, along with being aware of all the outer beauty, also become aware of our own inner beauty. We can begin by answering such questions as:

  • what about me gives me great joy?
  • what about me makes my heart sing?
  • what about me makes me proud to be who I am?
  • what about me makes me feel beautiful?
  • what can I do to better connect with my own inner beauty?

Ponder this as you color this month section.

Happy Coloring!

joyfully,

Maureen, The Mandala Lady
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2014: Section 4

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In honor of the Chinese Year of the Horse that began January 31, 2014, I’m dedicating the 2014 Mandala of the Year to the Horse. Each month we’ll explore a trait or symbol of the horse to explore how we can incorporate it into our lives.

In Section 4 we embrace the horse energy of loyalty.

If a picture is worth a 1,000 words, then this video of a little girl and her loyal horse is worth a million.

 

Some questions to explore as you coloring section 4 of the 2014 Mandala of the Year:

  • what does it mean to you to be loyal?
  • how important is loyalty to you?
  • how do you express loyalty to your family? to your friends? your life?
  • how do you want others to express their loyalty to you?
  • in what ways am I disloyal to others?
  • in what ways am I loyal to others?
  • in what ways am I disloyal to myself?
  • in what ways am I loyal to myself?

Ponder this as you color this month section.

Happy Coloring!

joyfully,

Maureen, The Mandala Lady
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2014: Section 3

Section 3: 2014 MotY

Gentleness

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In honor of the Chinese Year of the Horse that began January 31, 2014, I’m dedicating the 2014 Mandala of the Year to the Horse. Each month we’ll explore a trait or symbol of the horse to explore how we can incorporate it into our lives.

In Section 3 we embrace the horse energy of gentleness.

When we think of horses we often think of their power (vehicles: horse power) and their strength (pulling wagons, carrying lodes, carrying riders). For this section we look at a very important attribute of the horse: gentleness. For without its gentleness, the horse would be seen as just a beast. Even with its strength and power, horse shows us that at its core, it is a sweet, gentle being.

The obvious way to go with this section would be to look at ways in which we are, or need to be, gentle with others. And while that’s important, it’s far more critical to look at the ways in which we are (or fail to be) gentle with ourselves. BECAUSE…when we know how to be gentle with ourselves, we will NATURALLY be gentle with others.

Take are of the inner and the outer takes care of itself.

Section 3 encourages us to be very aware of how we treat ourselves, both in thought and deed.

  • what’s our inner dialogue like? supportive? or destructive?
  • are we forever beating ourselves up?
  • do we deprive ourselves because of our supposed lack of worthiness?
  • do we deny ourselves for fear of coming across as selfish?
  • what actions do we take that translate into self-sabotage?

While coloring this section, let’s take look at ways in which we can turn this around so that we are more gentle to ourselves…treating ourselves the way we would treat our very best friends.

It’s time to be our own best friend

How can we do this?

  • take care of our needs.
  • question the authenticity of the inner criticisms and judgements; are they true or false representations?
  • say “no” when we really want to say “no”.
  • say “yes” when we really want to say “yes”.
  • acknowledge our fears; tap into our inner power to help us with moving forward through them. How would we help a best friend who is struggling with fears?
  • acknowledge our positive attributes…remind ourselves often.
  • acknowledge our perceived negative attributes…decide which to keep and which to change

When all else fails, remember this:

We are the Light of God; whole an complete just as we are.

joyfully,

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