Week 8: Inner Tubes

“Inner Tubes”

Inner Tubes Mandala

For this mandala design, I created one full-color version using color pencils.

Inner Tubes Mandala - full color
Inner Tubes Mandala – 4″ diameter

The Inner Tubes mandala is one of a series of 21 asymmetry mandalas created over a 3 week period in autumn 2007. It consists of only 3 lines overlapping each other, with a spiral in the middle. My asymmetry mandalas come about by drawing in-the-moment inspired doodles.

This version reminds me of the charm and simplicity of floating down the river with friends on a warm summer afternoon in our bright color “Inner Tubes”.

The Message

In the name of progress and making our lives easier, our society has become increasing complex with all the activities we do, maintaing all the stuff we have, keeping up with all the latest gadgets and trends, and staying current with the ever increasing access to all that’s going on in the world. We are all on super overload and totally stressed out.

“Inner Tubes” reminds us to simplify both our outer and inner worlds…to take a break from the complexity of our lives…lives which we have created for and by ourselves, individually and collectively.

We’ve lost touch with where the real joy is in our lives

In our outer world…do we really need all the “stuff” that we have? do we really need to do all the stuff that we do? is this stuff really making our lives better? is it taking up valuable time and space? Just know that the more stuff we have, the more stuff we have to juggle.

In our inner world…what clutter is taking up space in our thoughts? do our thoughts hinder us or help us? when was the last time we had a quiet mind…if ever? Often times our outer world reflects our inner world.

When we calm our inner world, we calm our outer world

Regardless of what’s going on around us, we are the ones who are keeping us in this state of complexity with our inner and outer stuff. The good news is that because we put ourselves in this situation, we can also take ourselves out of it.

We can begin simplifying our lives by taking a deep conscious breath…or two…or three…whatever it takes to calm down. From this clear-headed space, we can more honestly answer the questions “what’s really going on here?” and “just how important is this stuff anyway?”
Starting today, pay attention to all that we have and do. With each one, determine whether this helps or hinders. If it helps, keep it. Otherwise let it go. Start small and work up to the bigger, more challenging things.

Feel the charm and simplicity of floating down the river with friends on a warm summer afternoon in our bright color “Inner Tubes” in every aspect of our lives.


ps…The irony of this week’s mandala of the week is that while we’re being asked to simplify our lives, included in the post are links to places where you can buy more stuff with this mandala on it.

If having a print, mug, or t-shirt with this mandala on it helps you in any way, then please feel free to buy it. Otherwise, you’re welcome to visit this post and enjoy the digital image on your screen any time you wish. I’m good with it, either way. The beauty of using these ‘print on demand’ sites is that the products only come into existence once you order them. 🙂

Where You Can Find “Inner Tubes”

Original Artwork

Etsy Shop

ArtFlakes Shop

  • Inner Tubes Collection
    • Square Full-Color Art or Canvas Prints
    • Full-Color Greeting Cards
Inner Tubes Mandala on Gifts
Inner Tubes Mandala on Gifts

CafePress Shop

  • Inner Tubes Collection
    • Full-Color Clothing (shirts, jackets, etc)
    • Greeting Cards (5×7, 4×6, w & w/o message): Full-Color, B/W Cards to Color
    • Prints and Gift Items
Inner Tubes Mandala on Cards
Inner Tubes Mandala on Cards

Red Bubble Shop

  • Inner Tubes Collection
    • Color-Your-Own Cards
    • Paint-Your-Own T-Shirt (black design on light t-shirts)
    • T-Shirts: White designs on Dark T-shirts
    • Paint/Color-Your-Own Prints (black design on white canvas or print)
    • Full Color Square Prints
Inner Tubes Mandala on T-Shirt
Inner Tubes Mandala on T-Shirt

Zazzle Shop

  • Inner Tubes Collection
    • Mugs: Paint-Your-Own and Full-Color (w/ or w/o message)
    • Full Color Greeting Cards (w/ and w/o affirmation)
    • Color-Your-Own Greeting Cards (w/ and w/o affirmation)
    • White Mandala on Dark Grey Greeting Cards
    • Full Color Pendants (w/o affirmation)

Want “Inner Tubes” On a Different Product?

While viewing these shops, if you prefer “Inner Tubes” to be on a different product, let me know. I’m happy to accommodate other options/ideas.

Thank you for your consideration and your continued support.

joyfully, Maureen
The Mandala Lady


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