2016: Section 12

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In honor of the current Chinese New Year which began on February 8, 2016, I’m dedicating the 2016 Mandala of the Year to the Monkey. Each month we’ll explore a trait or symbol of the monkey to explore how we can incorporate it into our own lives.

For Section 12 we look at the monkey energy of unique perspective.

We sometimes use the phrase “not seeing the forest for the trees” when we spend too much time entrenched, and maybe even lost, in the details of our lives. We tend to forget the bigger picture, our realm of potentiality from our own unique perspective.

Monkeys remind us of their unique perspective by climbing atop the trees to see the overall view of their world around them; seeing what’s behind, below, to the side, and in front of them. From this vantage point, they can easily determine what to do next.

Like monkeys, it benefits us to do the same. It helps us to step out from our “stuck-ness” to fully grasp what’s going on in our life from a higher vantage point, to see things from our unique perspective so as to determine our next move.

One way we can do this is by asking questions like

  1. why am I doing this/that?
  2. what am I avoiding by doing this/that?
  3. is there a better way to do this/that?
  4. do I need to go in a different direction?
  5. do I need to change “trees”?
  6. what’s the best way to move forward from here?
  7. is there anyone that can help me?
  8. is it to my advantage to stay where I am?
  9. is it to my advantage to let it go?

Ponder this while coloring this month’s section of the 2016 Mandala of the Year.

Happy Coloring!

joyfully, Maureen
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2016: Section 11

2016 MotY - Section 11

2016 MotY – Section 11

In honor of the upcoming Chinese New Year which began on February 8, 2016, I’m dedicating the 2016 Mandala of the Year to the Monkey. Each month we’ll explore a trait or symbol of the monkey to explore how we can incorporate it into our own lives.

For Section 11 we look at the monkey energy of spritely.

To go about things in a spritely manner is to be lively and full of energy. Our ideal is to approach all that we do in a spritely way because it means that whatever we’re doing is making our heart sing. If it’s otherwise, than it behooves us to look more closely at what we’re doing.

As in the Konmari method of “tidying up” the clutter in our lives, we can also apply her system by checking-in with everything we do to ask if it brings us joy. If it does, great; otherwise stop doing it. In cases where stopping is not an option, then we can look at making changes or adjustments in our perspective so that it does.

Be the joy we want to experience in our lives.

Ponder this while coloring this month’s section of the 2016 Mandala of the Year.

Happy Coloring!

joyfully, Maureen
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2016: Section 10

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In honor of the upcoming Chinese New Year which began on February 8, 2016, I’m dedicating the 2016 Mandala of the Year to the Monkey. Each month we’ll explore a trait or symbol of the monkey to explore how we can incorporate it into our own lives.

For Section 10 we look at the monkey energy of intelligence.

Monkey with Camera - photo by chaitanyashevade

Monkey with Camera – photo by chaitanyashevade

How often do we call ourselves “stupid” for something in reality which was just our lack of knowledge, ability, or experience?

Intelligence is defined as the ability to acquire and apply knowledge and skills. For me “stupid” (the “S” word) is recognizing that we lack said knowledge or skills and for whatever reason (usually fear-based) we forego doing anything about improving on that lack and thus keep repeating the same self-sabotaging behavior over and over again.

We then need to factor in any limiting beliefs we tell ourselves about our ability to acquire and apply new knowledge and skills.

Then we also tend to factor time into the equation of said ability, that because it may take longer than we think it should-could-would, that that somehow demonstrates our intelligence levels in some way. The fact is: it only means that some of us take longer and some of us take shorter — period.

So with all this in mind, some intelligent suggestions for us:

  1. stop calling ourselves the “S” word, use Silly instead; as in:
    • “I have a silly question”
    • “How could I be so silly?”
    • “I am so silly”
  2. in those cases where we would normally use the “S” word, question it. Are we really “S” or is it a case of lacking knowledge or skill?
  3. if it truly is “S” (based on aforementioned definition), then explore any possible limiting beliefs or fears that keep us from learning or growing.
  4. if it’s really a lack of knowledge or skill, then take whatever steps we need to acquire it.
  5. adopt some supportive mantras to use while coloring this month’s section and beyond:

I allow myself to believe in my ability to acquire and apply new knowledge and skills with ease and grace.

I allow myself to recognize opportunities to learn and grow.

I allow myself to easily learn and apply new skills.

Ponder this while coloring this month’s section of the 2016 Mandala of the Year.

Happy Coloring!

joyfully, Maureen
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2016: Section 9

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In honor of the upcoming Chinese New Year which began on February 8, 2016, I’m dedicating the 2016 Mandala of the Year to the Monkey. Each month we’ll explore a trait or symbol of the monkey to explore how we can incorporate it into our own lives.

For Section 9 we look at the monkey energy of social.

Toque macaques living in Polonnaruwa, Sri Lanka - from BBC One - Planet Earth Live

Toque macaques living in Polonnaruwa, Sri Lanka
from BBC One – Planet Earth Live

One “Social” definition offered by Merrium-Webster defines it as “relating to or involving activities in which people spend time talking to each other or doing enjoyable things with each other.”

This month’s section of the 2016 Mandala of the Year encourages us to be more social. Spend time talking and hanging out with people, getting to know them, expanding our human interaction experience.

While it seems safer and easier to isolate rather than “deal” with people, maybe if we allow ourselves to be present with others, we could allow ourselves to enjoy the moment and their company.

And if a situation becomes intolerable we have the option to leave knowing that we at least tried or we can stay, shifting our perspective to “observer mode” and turning it into a people-watching event.

Ponder this while coloring this month’s section of the 2016 Mandala of the Year.

Happy Coloring!

joyfully, Maureen
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2016: Section 8

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In honor of the upcoming Chinese New Year which began on February 8, 2016, I’m dedicating the 2016 Mandala of the Year to the Monkey. Each month we’ll explore a trait or symbol of the monkey to explore how we can incorporate it into our own lives.

For Section 8 we look at the monkey energy of honor.

Monkey Feast in Thailand - photo by Nudy Nutsati

Monkey Feast in Thailand – photo by Nudy Nutsati

Every year in late November the city of Lop Buri in Thailand provides an annual feast for their revered monkeys at the Monkey Temple.

From a youtube post about the feast:

The colorful buffet soon sparks a feeding frenzy for the 3000 monkeys that have lived in this town for centuries. Locals believe that they are the direct descendants of Hindu monkey god Hanuman. And while some consider them a nuisance, many more believe the macaques are a symbol of prosperity and fortune.

About Hanuman from Kashgar.com.au :

Because of his bravery, perseverance, strength and devoted service, Hanuman is regarded as a perfect symbol of selflessness and loyalty.

Simple Definition of honor

  • respect that is given to someone who is admired
  • good reputation : good quality or character as judged by other people
  • high moral standards of behavior

This section of the 2016 Mandala of the Year asks us to examine how well honor plays out in our lives, both with ourselves and with others.

  • Do we honor our bodies, our lives, the work that we do, our homes, our possessions, our families, our friends, our neighbors, our co-workers?
  • Do we wait until others honor us before we honor them?
  • Do our actions for ourselves and with others speak of honor or disrespect?

Our greatest challenge in this regard may be honoring those who totally dishonor us, especially those closest to us. From Luke173Ministries.org they offer this insight:

You can honor them by accepting them for who they are, not expecting change, and letting them live their own way in peace, but at the same time honor yourself and your own right to live in peace as well. Which means choosing NOT to be in their presence when they are abusing you.

Above all though…

“Honoring yourself is not selfish, it’s vital.”
Elaina Marie

Ponder this while coloring this month’s section of the 2016 Mandala of the Year.

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2016: Section 7

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In honor of the upcoming Chinese New Year which began on February 8, 2016, I’m dedicating the 2016 Mandala of the Year to the Monkey. Each month we’ll explore a trait or symbol of the monkey to explore how we can incorporate it into our own lives.

For Section 7 we look at the monkey energy of compassion.

Monkey holding a puppy - photo by REUTERS/Rafiqur Rahman

Monkey holding a puppy
source: REUTERS/Rafiqur Rahman

From Greater Good:

Compassion literally means “to suffer together.” Among emotion researchers, it is defined as the feeling that arises when you are confronted with another’s suffering and feel motivated to relieve that suffering.

While it’s generally easier to show compassion towards others, we tend to struggle with showing compassion for ourselves. When we go astray, make a mistake, or mess up, we usually beat ourselves up about it.

This month’s section encourages us to go easy on ourselves when we experience such “mishaps”. Remind ourselves of how we would treat others in such instances and apply that same care to ourselves.

Some basic self-compassion guidelines

  1. acknowledge what happened or is happening … it is what it is
  2. what, if anything, can be done right now to fix it
  3. what knowledge can we learned from this experience
  4. how can it be done better next time
  5. enliven our Spirit with affirmations, such as: “even though this happened, I love and accept myself just as I am” or “even though this happened, I know I’m okay” or “I allow myself to be okay with where I am and with what I am doing”

Ponder this while coloring this month’s section of the 2016 Mandala of the Year.

Happy Coloring!

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2016: Section 6

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In honor of the upcoming Chinese New Year which began on February 8, 2016, I’m dedicating the 2016 Mandala of the Year to the Monkey. Each month we’ll explore a trait or symbol of the monkey to explore how we can incorporate it into our own lives.

For Section 6 we look at the monkey energy of witty.

We often hear the phrase “quit monkeying around” by serious-minded people when work needs to be done and where focused attention is required. However it’s been shown that taking a break for some play and fun time actually helps us be more effective with our more serious-minded work.

This month’s section inspires us to be more playful, to enjoy the simple pleasures of life, to have some fun once in a while…giving us permission to monkey around a bit.

Ponder this while coloring this month’s section of the 2016 Mandala of the Year.

Happy Coloring!

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