Friday, April 6, 2012

Mandala Magic

"The great thing in this world is not so much where we are, but in what direction we are moving."
~Oliver Wendell Holmes

How many of us really have control over where our lives are headed?  We can try to steer it in a certain direction, but we don't always end up where we expected.  Some days I look at my life and I can't see much of my youthful grand plan. What happened to the ideological dreams of an energized, ambitious young adult?  

These changes are not bad things.  In my mind my life is in a far better place than I could ever have hoped.  Even with the adversities of a micro-preemie, the uncertainty of the future that awaits my children, or the challenges of a world plunging into economic chaos, I can still find things to be in awe about.

What I've discovered is that none of the things I used to think matter, really matter now. What matters is my attitude; my honesty, my empathy, my attempt to live an authentic life; and to happily accept all that I am. I look around at the people who inhabit my world and I see patterns running through all of their lives.  They're all trying to build happy, content existences. They all love their families, they all have dreams for their futures, they all fear for their children.  We're basically all headed in the same direction.

I'm thinking about these things because I feel the winds of change blowing through my life right now.  I see the light shining brighter and brighter before me and I wonder why, after years of challenge and adversity, why does my world feel like it's finally headed in the right direction.  Perhaps it's simply because I'm finally recovering from my jet-lag, because I've finally unpacked all our bags and given my home a major spring clean?  Or, perhaps it's because I finally stepped into my artful life, because I found the courage to overcome my crushing fears about being good enough, or worthy enough? Perhaps it's because by being authentic, I  have become easier to love, easier to see? Whatever it is, it doesn't matter.  What matters is I finally feel like I'm headed in the right direction. 

So in celebration of all this I painted this journal page.  It was done in the spirit of my 21 Secrets class Wisdom Circles. Infusing the mandala with my dreams and letting the meditative process of gratitude and wisdom wash over me.  The initial layer was done using  a beautiful product from Luminarte called Radiant Rain Shimmering Mist. This is a unique Watercolor-Acrylic Hybrid paint that comes in a spritzer bottle. Kind of a liquid version of Twinkling H2O's. The mandala was painted with Twinkling H2O's and finished off with gel pen.  

You can learn more about Twinkling H2O's in my upcoming class Mastering Twinks. In celebration of this class, Luminarte have put together a special set of my 28 favorite Twinkling colors These are my recommendations for the perfect Twinkling palette and the colors I use throughout my class.  What's exciting is that Luminarte have made them available to everyone at a 10% discount off retail, regardless of whether you sign up for the class or not.  So if you've been thinking about stepping into the world of Twinkling H2O's and are uncertain of what colors to choose, this could be the perfect opportunity.  Click here for more information, and remember, I'll be drawing the winners of my Mastering Twinks class giveaway on Monday, it's not too late to enter so click here.

Thanks for checking in. xx