For those of you following along with this year’s theme, section 1 focuses on the “appearance and body image” category from the twelve categories of shame list created by Dr. Brené Brown, whose work on shame-resilience and vulnerability demonstrates for us all, how to live a wholehearted life.
For me personally, 2013 is all about “out with the old, in with the new.” I plan to use the 2013 MotY and Dr. Brené Brown’s work to examine the beliefs and thoughts I have about myself and the world around me, letting go of that which has outlived its usefulness; adopting new beliefs/thoughts that best support my quest to live a wholehearted life.
If you’d like to play along with this theme, in the bottom blank section, draw, collage, journal, etc. your awareness/feelings/thoughts/beliefs/about “appearance and body image” and how it plays out in your life right now…the good and the bad, exploring how it impacts you and the world around you.
In the upper section, play with representing how you want to feel and think about appearance and body image…both about yourself and about others. What colors, shapes, words would you use? What media would help you represent your new-found beliefs and thoughts? crayons? markers? glitter gel pens? color pencils? all of the above? 🙂
Here is an opportunity to take a rather serious subject and be creative with it, explore it, and most importantly have fun with it.
Dr. Brown’s vision of living a wholehearted life resonates beautifully with the “out with the old, in with the new” theme for this year. I look forward to playing through these categories as part of the 2013 Mandala of the Year.
I’ll have more details about this year’s theme and Dr. Brown’s work in a new page I’ll be adding to this blog site soon.
UPDATE 1/2/2013: a wonderful blog post that ties in nicely with the 2013 MotY by Hiro Boga: The Nearness of You
Happy Coloring! Happy 2013!
Be sure to download/color the January 2013 Mandala of the Month.