16-08: The Color Red

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Inspired by yesterday’s Mandala of the Day, I incorporated the idea of a large umbrella into this mandala only in this case instead of it being parallel to the ground it appears to be hovering in the sky. Before us is a tepee like structure with its flaps open, inviting us in. The top of the structure could be seen as separate from the umbrella or attached…your call.

The color red means different things to different people. It can also vary in meaning depending on the context in which it is used. With regards to emotions, it can mean anger on the negative side or passion on the positive side.

For our focus here, the color red represents the Root/Base Chakra of the Hindu/Buddhist Chakra system.

From Deepak Chopra’s web site, it states this about the Root Chakra:

The root chakra is comprised of whatever grounds you to stability in your life. This includes your basic needs such as food, water, shelter, and safety, as well as your more emotional needs such as letting go of fear. When these needs are met, you feel grounded and safe, and you tend to worry less day to day.

This Week…

As we color/paint this week’s mandala, contemplate the various aspects of our sense of grounded-ness.

  • do we have trouble being grounded: do we feel scattered, lost, confused
  • what throws us off balance, knocks us off our feet, so to speak?
  • what makes us feel grounded: walking, music, sleep, deep breathing, meditation, hugging our loved ones…

To help with this, it may also be beneficial to focus on our Root Chakra located at the base of our spine. If it could talk with us or give us guidance, what would it say?

It may very well be that as you color this week’s mandala, you end up using every color BUT red…and that’s okay. Our focus this week is connecting with the energy of red and how it relates to us.

Happy Coloring!


The Mandala Lady

I would REALLY LOVE and appreciate seeing your colorings, and reading about your experiences…so please post in the comments below. Thanks 🙂


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