The word 'mandala' is a sanskrit word which - loosely translated - means 'circle'. In art and in a variety of religions, circles commonly represent unity, wholeness and infinity - without beginning or end, without sides or corners - protection and containment.

Like with  most things, doing an online search results in information overload. Is it o.k. to call my prayer-circles mandalas? My mandalas tick some of the boxes, but I find that that's not important at all. For me, each individual mandala is important especially at the time of its conception. Each is a prayer, a meditation, a silence, a contemplation...some lasting days, some hours, others minutes.

The 'left-over' mandalas are - for instance - minute prayers: I'm sure I'm not alone in squeezing/spooning more than the necessary paint from the tube/tub in a bout of creativity, so I don't quite take to beating myself up. But I do hate letting (nevermind watching!) paint dry unused. So the left-over paint becomes minute mandalas, made shortly after the days/hours mandalas were finished.

I find it a little bit interesting, looking back at what thoughts and prayers emerged from previous thoughts/prayers.....
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"Equinox" 23 - 27/03/12
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"Bread and Wine" 2/4/12
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"Easter" 3/4/12
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"Yurt" 30/4/12 - 2/5/12
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"Success/Meaning" made with the left-overs of "Equinox", 27/3/12
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"Eye of the Storm" made with the left-overs of "Bread and Wine", 2/4/12
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"Feeling Anxious" made with the left-overs of "Easter", 3/4/12
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"Something Groovy" made with the left-overs of "Yurt", 2/5/12
 


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