Black and White

Even when something seems black and white, there’s more than one way to look at it. Always a connection to be made, a shift in perspective that can dramatically alter our view of the world… if we’re paying attention.

NineTomatoes Mandala "Black and White"

 

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Create Your Own Mandala

NineTomatoes-140819-Draw-800One of the easiest ways to start a conversation with Divine Wisdom is to create your own mandala. The seed is a simple drawing that you do with a black, felt tip pen on white paper.

NineTomatoes Mandala "Divine Communication"
Start with circles and lines, letting your hand move where it wants to. Let go of any tension and feel the freedom in it. Don’t judge what you draw, just enjoy it!

Send in a scan or picture and I’ll use your drawing to create your own, unique NineTomatoes Mandala.
Here’s how.

 

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Drawing Exercise

Just like everyone else, I’m feeling the world spinning faster and faster. It’s my number one priority to stay centered, and so, of course, I make a lot of mandalas. But the first step to that process is drawing, and it’s that action that takes me inside where I can actually find my center.

Here’s a drawing exercise to try when you want to dive into your center:NineTomatoes Drawing Exercise Lines

Grab a pen and some paper and let yourself go. No mind. No analysis or judgment. No decisions. A good starting place is the circle. Repeat, repeat, repeat. Connect them, overlap them, bring in the Infinity symbol. But don’t get complicated. Just go where the flow pulls you. You’ll feel it as you go. Once you’re relaxed, it’s done. Now look at it. Feel it. Feel those lines inside you, evident on the page. Those lines are your energy, swirling, moving, connecting and communicating with you. What you have there is the raw material for a mandala, which will speak to you in a language only you understand.

I’m hosting a local workshop on this process in November. We’ll also look at what to do with that raw material and how awesome it is to see your own energy in a mandala.

NineTomatoes Drawing Exercise Mandala

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Dragonfly

The rush of energy in the air overwhelms me sometimes, until I finally remember to go outside and sit on the grass. I put my feet on a tree, watch the bugs and birds and eventually reset myself. It’s not like it used to be, when I could coast for a couple weeks on one good meditation. In these times of mass release, it’s grass roots (haha) efforts, back to daily basics, and absolute focus on centering. A tall order! Luckily, I live in the woods and I have little lovely creatures to help me. A couple days ago, a gorgeous dragonfly sat on me, rhythmically pumping air all the way through his body. I watched his little stick of a self swell up then deflate, over and over in perfect peaceful bliss. It seemed he had nothing else on his mind but to Be. I didn’t have to think long to get the message.

NineTomatoes Mandala "Dragonfly"

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Think Inside the Ox – Completed

It’s been two monthNineTomatoes "Think Inside the Ox"s since I’ve posted, and that’s how long it took me to live a little and finish “Think Inside the Ox.” He’s been hanging out with the rest of the herd for a few days, and will arrive on the streets by the end of the week.

This ox is no ordinary ox. He’s alive and he brought with him soooo many gifts, not just for me, but for all who come in contact with him. He’s radiating with the guidance and wisdom of the Universe and resonating with hearts all over the community. If you get the chance, come meet him in person before he goes to oxtion.

(photo courtesy Cindy at ThePaintersLoft.com)

 

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Think Inside the Ox – update: June 12, 2014

NineTomatoes Mandalas - Ox June 12, 2014This Ox is big, and up on jack stands at the moment. I look so serious there, sitting under him, hand in his crotch, “bully stick” overhead. That’s just funny, so I must be concentrating. Or high on glue. Honestly, the salesperson who said Mod Podge isn’t stinky or toxic was lying to me. I have to take a nap after I work on him. The flip side is, he’s alive and we talk and generally have a lovely time together. He’s very soulful, you know. And wise. I just love him.

 

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Think Inside the Ox – update: May 24, 2014

I love hanging out with my ox. He’s so luscious!

Still on the first layer. Lots of tiny pieces of paper for his back end. Glue all over my hands, scissors flying, half-upside-down to see what I’m doing. He’s coming along, and I’m not in any hurry to see him go!

Tomorrow, legs. Stay tuned.

NineTomatoes Mandalas - Ox update

 

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Oh Mandalas! How do I love thee…

Oh Mandalas! How do I love thee, let me count the ways.

You show me who I really am.

You love and support me.

You’re beautiful and powerful!

You shift my vibration.

You teach me love, trust, patience and kindness.

You pick me up when I fall.

You cradle me in your center and remind me where to find myself.

You stand tall, confident, assured.. radiating unconditional love.

You dance and sing!

You stun and amaze!

You love me.

And I love you! Thank you, Mandalas, for being you and showing me that I’m you, too.

 

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“Think Inside the Ox” update

This project is so much fun! A lot of work, but it’s all good. Just me and the Ox. We commune for a couple hours at a time. It’s amazing how much more of his shape is evident once it’s covered with the design. This is the first layer. The larger pieces of the mandala will go on top. With every strip of paper I glue on, he’s coming to life. He’s becoming a mandala. Stay tuned for another “Think Inside the Ox” update.

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NineTomatoes Mandala Tees for Your Chakras

Come see our new NineTomatoes Mandala Tees for Your Chakras!

NineTomatoes Mandala Chakra Tees

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