My 31 Day Mandala Trip

As I sat down to wrap this Mandala Trip up in a perfectly beautiful succinct package of a blogpost, I realised I'd be completely contradicting everything The Muse has shared with me... I wanted to be able to write a few words that summed it all up simply, but that would be missing the ENTIRE point of EVERYTHING EVER. Words are not enough for this, though they do play a starring role, they are only part of the whole experience. And this... this Mandala thing... is an experience.
As I moved my way through 31 mandalas I uncovered a map that I intuitively knew existed within me but just hadn't been clear... So, for the sake of me inviting you to uncover your own Mandala Map, it's best that I start at the start. And for this particular experience, here is how it began....

"Mandala A Day May.... Mandala A Day May... Mandala A Day May..."

I heard it ticking around half-past 2015, smack bang in the middle of the gap year that ultimately landed me here. I didn't exactly know where I was going to end up (though I saw a flash of it all when I was 8 years old - more on that later), but that's the point of a sabbatical - to take a break from the routine, to refresh, to renew. Luckily, the company I work for was kind enough to give me paid leave, in complete support of my ventures into the unknown. And by company, I mean Me.

Something I learned during my what-is-life year is that I LOVE TO BE SURPRISED. So in true predictable style, even though I had been drawing mandalas routinely for an entire year, let alone ever since I was a kid, I conveniently forgot about my idea for May until April 28th 2016 when I woke up in the middle of the night with "Mandala A Day May" slapping about my head. Conveniently forgot so it would be a surprise that I would need to scramble something together at the last minute... I mean, I only had 8 months notice since the shout out from my intuition (how predictably unsurprising). 

So it was 2 days out from May and it didn't seem like a big deal to commit to a month of drawing mandalas at all, I mean, they're just patterns on paper right? (I absolutely knew this was about to alter my life, but the voice that drowns out any fear by simply speaking of the top of it was winning out). I had just moved into a new house with 2 gorgeous new housemates and we were all still in the 'hello', 'nice to see you', 'top-o-the-mornin-to-ya' phase, well before any of us unpacked our this-is-who-I-really-am bags.

"I'm going to draw a Mandala every day for all of May" I announced at breakfast

"What's a Mandala?" asked Anna. And just like that, I opened the big suitcase. Little did these poor girls know what it's like to live with an artist...

On May 1st 2016, I set off on an adventure called Mandala A Day May, that on the surface (instagram) appeared to be me just drawing a bunch of lines, dots and patterns that made up pictures... I had no idea it would test my boundaries, push my ideas of commitment, unfold a memory bank that stretched back to my childhood, change my beliefs about the nature of time, reignite my wildspark, reveal doors I didn't know existed, build an incredible bridge of patience, unlock my darkest caves and give me the keys to escape the castle I had been locked up in for years.

Drawing these Mandalas unlocked it all, and set me free. And I found myself at the backstage door for the greatest show on Earth... 

Would you like to come along?

Original mandalas from The Mandala A Day May project are available for purchase HERE, with 50% profits going to The Kindling Foundation, a beautiful charity bringing education to orphans in Africa.



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Erica
Erica

October 07, 2016

Loved your experience of doing a mandala a day! What an amazing experience of what unfolded!! I’ve just started drawing again today and totally pumped for what’s to come! Can’t wait to see more of ‘Mandala Muse’

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