2016: Section 5

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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 5 we look at the monkey energy of innovative.

Essentially this month’s section asks us to take a look at what’s working in our lives and more importantly, what has stopped working in our lives. If what we’re doing fails to serve us in positive, forward-moving ways, STOP DOING IT! Do something new. Change it Up!

  • if saying affirmations has become just a process of reciting the same words over an over again without any connection to them or any results, do something new…for instance: turn them into songs or a dance or a mime. Change it up!
  • if our health habits are giving us different results than the health status we want, do something new…for instance: turn calorie-counting/exercise into a contest or a game. Change it Up!
  • if our relationships have become boring, uninspiring, and/or negative, determine our part in it and do something new…for instance: plan an adventure together, or leave, or open up or go dancing. Change it Up!

Think outside the box. Turn it inside out; or upside down. Do a 180.

Do Something New…Change it Up!

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 4

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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 4 we look at the monkey energy of expressive.

While monkeys freely express themselves, we humans tend to hold back to the point of suppressing our thoughts and emotions completely.

Our culture often discourages, puts down, ridicules, even at times shames anything beyond what it determines to be comfortably normal. Overly suppressing our emotions, ideas, and thoughts can eventually lead to mental, emotional, and/or physical health issues.

If we struggle with expressing ourselves in the “usual” way through conversation or interactions with others, finding a creative way to do so can help us holistically.

For renowned psychologist Carl Jung, he found that making mandalas proved to be a therapeutic way for his subconscious mind to express itself. He gained greater insight about himself through this process. Eventually he found that it helped his patients as well.

When we color mandalas, we can increase their effectiveness by setting an intention prior to coloring, to be able to express ourselves in our efforts to better understand our life’s circumstances and our inner workings, giving us a more holistic perspective.

Before coloring this month’s section, let’s set the intention to allow ourselves to express that which is in our best interest to know at this time and to do so adding author, Marc Allen‘s powerful mantra “in an easy and relaxed manner, in a healthy and positive way, in its own perfect time, and for the highest good of all.”

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 3

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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 3 we look at the monkey energy of dexterity.

In our current fast-paced, instant gratification world, we’ve lost our ability or appreciation for the art of practicing. We become frustrated and give up on new things if we fail to “get it” right way.  In short: “if at first we don’t succeed, we give up.”

What have we been putting off because we feel it will take too long or have some fear about it? As long as we continue with this type of thinking, we will still keep putting it off.

This month we’re being asked to consider the idea of practicing, even if it’s only for 10 or 15 minutes a day. Regardless of what it is we want to learn, do, be, create, we’ll be amazed by how far we advance in very short order. Baby steps are better than no steps.

How do you get to Carnegie Hall? Practice. Practice. Practice.

Let’s make it so that a year from now we’ll be glad we started today.

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 2

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In honor of the upcoming Chinese New Year which begins 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 which we can then incorporate it into our own lives.

For Section 2 we look at the monkey energy of sense of touch.

From sleeknub on YouTube.com (just inside the southern gate of Angkor Thom in Cambodia, where around 25 monkeys were relaxing and eating grass… The high pitched sound in the background is produced by cicadas)

From an article in the Huffington Post:

Often ignored when we talk about our fundamental senses, the sensation of touch is a fundamental part of our daily experience, influencing what we buy, who we love and even how we heal. We use this sense to gather information about our surroundings and as a means of establishing trust and social bonds with other people.

From Touch: The Science of Hand, Heart and Mind by Dr. David Linden

In both kids and adults, touch is the glue that makes social bonds

This month’s section encourages us to explore and reacquaint ourselves with our sense of touch. As we go about our day notice what things feel like against our skin, body, fingers, face, under our feet as we walk, under our “bottoms” as we sit. Notice things like texture, temperature, weight, firmness/softness.

Along with “things” notice our sense of touch as we come into contact with other people: handshakes, hugs, bumping in them or they into us. As we touch, notice what it physically feels like: soft, gentle, firm, rough, meek, assured, warm, cold. Also notice how it feels emotionally: inviting, awkward, warm, icky, safe, comfortable, fearful, loving.

The more in “touch” we are with our sense of touch, the more in tune we become with our interactions between our bodies/inner selves and our outside world.

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

Happy Coloring!

joyfully, Maureen
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2016: Section 1

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In honor of the upcoming Chinese New Year which begins 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 see how we can incorporate it into our own lives.

For Section 1 we look at the monkey energy of inquisitive.

Inquisitive Monkey

Inquisitive Monkey – from from DailyMail

How often do we take the time to be curious about something that may be out of our comfort zone? Is our first thought one that immediately discourages us? Do we come up with excuses that start out with the phrase “yes, but”? Or do we allow ourselves to be inquisitive…to find out more.

One of the main tenets of comedy improve is the idea of “yes, and.” It encourages us to accept whatever is presented to us rather than saying no. For instance, if during a sketch someone says “there’s a monkey on your hat,” rather than saying “no there isn’t” you could instead say “yes, and he’s my uncle’s monkey that escaped from the circus.” What that simple gesture does is allow the story to more forward. While the “no” stops the flow right then and there.

This section asks us to allow ourselves to go with the flow of things that may stretch us a bit. Start noticing how often we say “yes, but”. Then start changing it up to “yes, and.” Then, watch what happens!

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

Happy Coloring!

joyfully, Maureen
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2015: Section 12

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In honor of the Chinese Year of the Sheep/Goat/Ram that began February 19, 2015, I’m dedicating the 2015 Mandala of the Year to the Goat. Each month we’ll explore a trait or symbol of the goat to explore how we can incorporate it into our own lives.

For Section 12 we look at the goat energy of playful. And what could be more playful than goofing around in your PJs?

This final section encourages us to incorporate play throughout our day and our lives. It raises our heart’s vibration, radiating outward lifting the hearts of those around us…creating this ripple effect of joy. How delightful!

Ponder this while coloring this month’s section of the 2015 Mandala of the Year.

Happy Coloring!

joyfully, Maureen
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2015: Section 11

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In honor of the Chinese Year of the Sheep/Goat/Ram that began February 19, 2015, I’m dedicating the 2015 Mandala of the Year to the Goat. Each month we’ll explore a trait or symbol of the goat to explore how we can incorporate it into our own lives.

For Section 11 we look at the goat energy of practical.

In the case of goats, more and more people are finding it to be very practical to use goats for weed control. As this particular video professes: Organic Weed Control 100% natural: Convert Weeds to Fertilizer with Goats

In looking up the definition of the word “practical”, the Merriam-Webster Dictionary offers this:

of, relating to, or manifested in practice or action :  not theoretical or ideal

How many wonderful ideas do we have floating around in our head that we have yet to make manifest? We think about them and think about them and still they await action from us to make them real.

Chances are, at the core of our thinking and thinking lies fear, diabolically telling us things like “why would you want to do that?” or “someone’s probably already done it” or “what makes you think you can do that?” Need we write any more examples?

With this month’s section, let’s make November the month where we take a serious look at all our ideas (sane ones as well as wild ones) in an effort to come up with a plan for 2016 to bring them to life.

Let’s stop theorizing and make it so…like the goats who convert weeds to fertilizer!

Ponder this while coloring this month’s section of the 2015 Mandala of the Year.

Happy Coloring!

joyfully, Maureen
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