Inspired by combining Friday‘s and Saturday‘s Mandalas of the Day, I designed the idea that came to mind when I contemplated this week’s Mandala of the Day theme: Ceilings. In this design, the individual components appear to float independent of each other with the negative space forming the “lines” of the mandala.
The idea of ceilings reminds me of something Gay Hendricks writes about in his powerful and inspiring book, “The Big Leap“. In it he talks about how we often sabotage ourselves (both in obvious and less obvious ways) when we are close to achieving what we want in life. He uses the concept: upper limit problems (ULP) as way to describe the “ceilings” we set up for ourselves…preventing us from going any higher, limiting our progress.
He suggests that we pay attention to that “uncomfortable” feeling, anxiety, or fear of approaching our goals, when the negative self-talk and such starts chattering away, that we recognize it as an ULP. It’s at this point we stop in our tracks to change that thought or action, to stretch our “upper limit” even higher, to allow ourselves to be in our Zone of Genius, saying to ourselves “I am worthy of achieving _______.”
As we color this week’s mandala, take note of our “ceilings”, the limits we put on ourselves. How do they show up? Negative thoughts? Sparking a fight with the very person who can help us? Becoming ill or injuring ourselves ‘out of the blue’ which puts us in the position of ‘missing out’ on a wonderful opportunity?
At the same time, talk to the ULP to let it know that we know what it is and why it’s there. Tell it and OURSELVES “I allow myself to be in my Zone of Genius.” Then let us proceed to move forward towards our dream, wish, and/or goal.
The Mandala Lady