17-38: Observe Mandala

I like to use excess paint on my palette to put down a base coat on another surface (in this case a 5×7 canvas) for a future painting project. That’s where we’re starting today.Observe Mandala - The Mandala Lady - blue - Mandala of the week 38
While the canvas is blank with only its base color of indigo blue, by observing it I begin to see patterns within the paint strokes and know where to start my outline.

About “Observe”

How present are we to fully observe all that IS around us? How often are we 10 minutes or 10 feet ahead in our heads from where our bodies are presently situated only to trip up or forget what we’re doing?

In all things, being in observer mode helps us to be present and in the moment. It gives us the opportunity to objectively “see” and evaluate what’s really happening and how best to move forward.

One way to do it

When we notice ourselves in moments of stress and anxiety, do a deep cleansing breath to ground and bring us fully present. From there we can purposely shift our thoughts into observer mode. My favorite reactionary phrase around stressful moments that helps me move into observer mode is: “well, that’s interesting”.

Follow Observe’s progress via the Mandala of the Day.

About the Mandalas of the Week

Each week I choose one of my existing mandala paintings that wants to be upgraded OR create a new one and post it here. Throughout the week, I paint/draw/color/collage/etc it and post my progress on the Mandala of the Day. I post the upgraded version later in the week.

Happy Coloring!

joyfully,

Maureen
The Mandala Lady

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