Hello, and thank you for visiting! I am currently on an extended blogging break. We have shared some wondrous times and I thank you for that. I look forward to connecting with you when I return. In the meantime... keep creating your mandalas! The process is an amazing Portal to the Soul. If you are new to the process...you can get started right now by clicking here as well as other links below. Wishing you fulfillment and joy on your journey.

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November 6, 2009

"What lies Beneath" ~ Art Every Day Month

"Be at peace and see a clear pattern running through your lives. Nothing is by chance." ~Eileen Caddy, Footprints on the Path
- - - - - Hello Beautiful Spirits,
I know my presence has been a little sporadic. I'm in the process of balancing - you know, the yin and yang of life. Balancing many things: emotions, nurturance, responsibilities, creative time, soul work, my online/offline life...yet they're both intertwined. Being here with you all has expanded my life in amazing ways: my vision, my enthusiam for creativity, the mandala process, all this art & soul work, and..my soul's passion for creating and nurturing community -like our kindred, Mandala Oasis Yahoo Community. I am overflowing with gratitude...that I get to share my life with such amazing, creative, expressive souls from ALL OVER THE WORLD! We all come together through our passion for creativity, inner-exploration, a sense of family, and our beloved Mandala Process and Journey - our life's journey.
I also realize that, like Mother Earth, our creative expression as well as other elements of our life and our "being" are very much in tune with the seasons. - I love the Fall - a time of letting go, surrendering, letting stuff just fall away, and being aware of what's trying to let go of me. And, being willing to surrender as often as needed; allowing "the season of letting go" to have it's way with me. At times I'm kicking and screaming the whole way; albeit silently...what a paradox. And yes, to trust. To be like the the leaves twirling and rippling in the breeze as they leap and just let go of the branch - the mother - that bore and anchored them... for as long as Nature intended; for as long as their "holding on" was in season.
As this autumn gives way to winter I'm winding down...going within more..realizing what my spirit needs more of and less of; and heeding spirit's counsel. The above mandala reminds me of "what lies beneath" ...what's going on, underneath, in the soil of our soul garden - as the season rules. - And, like bear...I'm preparing for the symbolic hibernation; nurturing, resting, and conscious-careful-activity. Quietly laying groundwork for what will come next; while simultaneously doing my best to "be present" and attentive to the current moment. ~ May this season bring you all that you need...and may you... give yourself permssion to give it to yourself! ...for as long as you need it. .. and may you be willing let go... and trust - just a little bit more, as needed.
Peace and blessings to you all... and Happy Art Every Day Month! click for details.
:) Cheryl


Kara aka Mother Henna said...

Love that idea:

"may you...give yourself permission to give it to yourself..."

YEAH! Your Mandala Oasis is intriguing, too. So fun to be eMeeting everyone for Art Every Day Month. Will look forward to seeing more of your mandalas in the days to come.

And thanks for the reminder to be aware of what's beneath...to tend to my soil now in prep for spring...needed that today!

Julie Ann Shahin said...

I love the whole nurturing theme of your post today, and I really love the floral design of your mandela! Very pretty.



Anonymous said...

Very pretty Mandela, and very inspiring thought behind it.

Deborah Weber said...

I'm delighted to have discovered your blog via AEDM - another wonderful benefit of the challenge. Your wonderful mandala really speaks to me, and I look forward to poking around and finding more treasures.

Susan Reep said...

What an amazing piece. I truly love it and from your photo I can see that you live what you talk about. Really nice - to see someone so balanced and tranquil. I am enjoying this ADEM. susanreep.com/blog.

linda said...

Love the pattern design and the colors are so happy...beautiful!

Laura Hegfield said...

So glad to feel your online presence and fully understanding the need to dive beneath the soil of your soul for rest and nourishment.

Blessings my sweet friend,

Debra W said...

My dear Cheryl,

How your words calm my spirit! This post is so timely, as I am about to enter a time of difficulty and hope that God will bless me with inner peace. These words, your words, have brought me to a place of center.

Thank you, beautiful friend. I am grateful for you.

Hugs and love,

La Bajaudière said...

As always again a small miracle! So nice and healing!

lilasvb said...

i like to stop on your post

jane said...

Beautiful artwork all tied in with the symbolic "full circle".

jgy said...

Hi Cheryl,
Happy New Year!
Thank you for visiting and always your kind words.
All the best wishes for peace and joy and creativity in 2010.

Orange Sink said...

Hi Cheryl,
Thank-you for your sweet comments on my blog! I am so glad you stopped by! I am really excited to find your blog and start learning about mandala's! This has certainly opened up a new area of creativity for me. Love your words and your art. I'll be checking for your next post! Cathy G