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
The Mandala lady

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Be sure to download/color the January 2016 Mandala of the Month.

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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
The Mandala lady

Be sure to download/color the December 2015 Mandala of the Month.

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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
The Mandala lady

Be sure to download/color the November 2015 Mandala of the Month.

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2015: Section 10

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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 9 we look at the goat energy of eye on the prize.

This section reminds us to keep our eyes on the prize. Of course, first we need to determine the prize itself. What is it that we want to accomplish…regardless of whether it’s a big or small task/job/project.

Once decided, we then can create an action plan to make it happen…with the key being to then stick with it…working through any obstacles that appear…whether of our own doing (self-sabotage, procrastination, fear, etc) or from outside circumstances that appear to be out of our control.

To demonstrate this “sticking with it” idea, this adorable baby goat is determined to butt heads with the horse. He has an objective (prize) and does all he can to make it happen…even after a few failed attempts. God bless the horse for his kindness and patience.

When we take actions towards acquiring our “prize”, wonderfully, the universe and the people around us support us…like our friendly horse from the video.

So…

  • What’s our prize?
  • What’s our plan of action?
  • How do we plan to stick with it?

All that’s left is to make it happen. And to give us a little inspiration and motivation in that regard, Captain Picard and his crew say it best in this delightful video (you’ll love this!).

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

Happy Coloring!

joyfully, Maureen
The Mandala lady

Be sure to download/color the October 2015 Mandala of the Month.

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2015: Section 9

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2015 MotY – Section 9

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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 9 we look at the goat energy of keep it simple.

In honor of this section’s theme, I’ll keep it’s message simple: All we need is love.

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

Happy Coloring!

joyfully, Maureen
The Mandala lady

Be sure to download/color the September 2015 Mandala of the Month.

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2015: Section 8

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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 8 we look at the goat energy of grounded.

What does it mean to be grounded? In many of the circles I hang out in, we often talk about how we need to stay grounded, that the energies around us can and do keep us off-balance otherwise.

So when I look how these goats manage to calmly climb the sides of mountain cliffs and walls, I’m inspired by their grounded-ness…their amazing ability to fearlessly traverse what appear to be gravity-defying places.

For more amazingly grounded goats…check out this site: www.boredpanda.com

And for those of you wanted to know how to be grounded…Donna Eden and her daughters offer up these one-minute grounding exercise videos:

In the great words of Casey Kasem:

Keep your feet on the ground while reaching for the stars.

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

Happy Coloring!

joyfully, Maureen
The Mandala lady

Be sure to download/color the August 2015 Mandala of the Month.

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2015: Section 7

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2015 MotY – Section 7

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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 7 we look at the goat energy of gregarious.

Quite simply, being gregarious means to enjoy the company of others, which begs the question: how well do we play with others?

Judging by all the wars and violence going on in the world, the answer seems to be “not well.” And yet if we look beyond the news, most of the world is getting along just fine or at least okay.

While it may appear daunting to try to change the world, we can do our part within our own piece of the world by learning how to enjoy being around other people. We can start by focusing on what we appreciate about them; however big or small it may be.

For some, it may be all we can do to just appreciate that they showed up. For the more challenging (to me) people in my life, I also ask of Holy Spirit: “please let me see this differently” and take a few deep breaths to allow HS to do its thing.

Or maybe just watching how well these all-too-adorable goats get along can inspire us.

The message from this month’s section reminds me of our improv group’s rules to play by:

  • say “yes, and” to whatever is offered to us
  • make everyone look good
  • play all out

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

Happy Coloring!

joyfully, Maureen
The Mandala lady

Be sure to download/color the July 2015 Mandala of the Month.

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